The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport has announced the Airport Community Day will take place on Sunday, September 17th with a fundraiser to combat the national pilot shortage.
The event, which includes the Runway 5K, returns for the first time since 2019. Runners of all abilities are invited to participate and experience the runway on foot. The 5K will begin at 8am with registration beginning at 7am, with the race then finishing at 9am.
Throughout the morning and into the early afternoon, the East Hill Flying Club will provide a pancake breakfast from 7am to 1pm. The event will also include family-friendly activities.
Airport Director Roxan Noble shared, “This is the first time we will be holding Airport Community Day since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are thrilled to bring this wonderful event back to our community.” Noble added, “I’d like to thank our amazing sponsors and community partners for their support and can’t wait to welcome our community back to the Airport in September.”
Proceeds from the Runway 5K will go towards a scholarship fund for pilots to attend flight training school in order to help combat the national pilot shortage. The goal for this year is to raise $50,000.
Pre-registration is now open until September 5th, tickets are $25 and will include a Runway 5K t-shirt. Day-of tickets will cost $30 and are available from 7am to 7:45am.
To register for this year’s Runway 5K or to donate, click HERE.