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The Concord Municipal Airport runway, where the 5K and activities will take place. Courtesy photo.




GSAMA’s First Annual 5K On the Runway & Aviation Day

Where: Concord Municipal Airport, 71 Airport Road, Concord
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5K at 10 a.m.
Cost: Free admission. 5K registration is $30 in advance, $35 race day
Visit: gsama.org




A day on the runway
Race and aviation activities at the airport

11/05/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Concord Municipal Airport is giving runners, walkers and aviation enthusiasts run of the runways for the first annual 5K On the Runway & Aviation Day on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event, hosted by the Granite State Airport Management Association, will feature a 5K race, food vendors, exhibitors and aviation activities for all ages.

“It’s a controlled space a lot of people don’t have access to, so it’s very rare that the general public gets to go on the runway,” said Erik Strand, GSAMA event chairman. “It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a 5K at an airport.”
Runway 5K races are held at airports all over the country, but this will be the first one held in New Hampshire.
The Aviation Day ongoing festivities, including food vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations and interactive aviation activities hosted by various groups, will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
For kids, there will be hands-on projects like building wooden helicopters with the Home Depot and designing paper airplanes, then flying them through hoops with the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Young Eagles group will have a flight rally and offer free 10- to 15-minute airplane rides to kids ages 8 to 17. There will be helicopter rides available for purchase as well.
At noon and 2 p.m., the Plymouth State University Traveling Planetarium will be doing free shows inside the hangar.
Weather permitting, members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society will be onsite with telescopes, hosting a daytime skywatch to observe the sun.
There will be demonstrations happening throughout the day such as how avionics, the electronic systems for things like communication and navigation, function in an aircraft, as well as static displays of aircraft and emergency equipment.
“The whole idea is to just get people to the airport, show them what it’s all about … and [encourage] more interest in aviation and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] education,” Strand said.
A kids’ fun run for ages 10 and under will held at 9:45 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. The race course consists entirely of runways and taxiways. Awards will be given for the top three male and female runners in each 10-year age category.
The Runway 5K is a unique opportunity for runners, Strand said, because the terrain is completely level for the whole race.
“It’s unlike your traditional course where there are many ups and downs,” he said. “The runway has, I would say, less than a 1-percent gradient, so it’s very, very flat and wide open. It’s going to be a very fast race.”
Registration costs $30 online in advance and $35 the day of the race. T-shirts are available for all participants. The kids’ fun run is free, but registration is required.  
While admission to the Aviation Day activities is free, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Capital Region Food Program’s 42nd Annual Holiday Food Basket Project, which helps provide Concord-area families with food for holiday meals.  





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