GLENVILLE — Registration is now open for a 5K run that will take place at the Schenectady County Airport next month.
Schenectady County last week announced plans for the Run the Runway 5K, a new event that will see participants run on the airport’s newly resurfaced runways. Children 12 and under will be able to participate in a 1-mile “fun run.”
The county completed a $10 million runway resurfacing project in 2019, which saw the airport’s 7,000-foot runway repaved and the 2,200-foot taxiway widened. The Federal Aviation Administration covered 90% of the costs, while the U.S. Air Force paid $1.2 million, leaving the county to pay just $714,000 for the project.
The airport is a relatively flat location, featuring around 60 feet of total grade change, according to a county news release. The taxiways and runways range between 75 and 150 feet wide, offering participants ample space.
Anthony Jasenski, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, said the event is a unique opportunity to experience the county airport and to learn more about flight. He encouraged participants to visit the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, which the county partnered with to host the event.
The museum offers a number of interactive exhibits, including a flight simulator, restored aircraft and an extensive research library.
“We’d like to thank the Empire State Aerosciences Museum for partnering with us on this great event that fits with their mission to inspire and educate the public about the wonders of flight,” Jasenski said in a statement.
The Run the Runway 5K will take place Saturday Nov. 12. The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. and the run for children is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Registration is $30 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Active military, retirees and veterans will receive a discount. For more information and to register, visit: schenectadycounty.com/runtherunway.