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Runners taking flight in Charlottetown May 20

Flypei 5K event raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 17, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – Every runner loves a flat surface, and if there is any event that can guarantee a flat course, it’s an airport runway run.
The region’s first airport run of the season will take place on Saturday, May 20, as the Charlottetown Airport hosts its fifth annual Flypei Runway Run 5K.
“It’s a really cool, unique experience, and really cool for someone to be able to say they’ve run on a runway,” said Vanessa Smith, manager of marketing and communications at the airport. “It’s a great way to connect with the community, as well as support a local charity.”

The Charlottetown Airport will host the fifth annual Flypei Runway Run 5K on Saturday, May 20.

Photo courtesy of the Charlottetown Airport

Proceeds from this year’s Charlottetown run will go the P.E.I. chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
The 5K route will take in the entire 7,000-foot runway in Charlottetown, as well as part of the taxiway, according to Smith, who said they are hoping to see both elite runners and beginners come out and take part.
“It’s a flat surface, so for those runners who want to see just how fast they can do 5K, this is the perfect opportunity,” she said
“But it’s also great because it kind of opens the door to beginner runners or even children," she continued. "A lot of youth run it and think it’s a little less intimidating than some of the more difficult courses that might have a lot of hills.”
Registration has been going well for the event, according to Smith, who said they are expecting around 200-250 runners to turn out. Some corporate teams have already signed up to take part.
For more information on the Flypei Runway Run, visit the website here .