The RUN!
While I may not be up to the caliber of @katruns26point2 (who will soon complete her 100th marathon, awesome!!), I try to get at least 2-3 half marathons under my belt each year (I’ll be running the Strip at Night in Las Vegas next month, highly recommend it!). I’d been looking forward to the O’Hare 5K/10K “Run on the Runway” Run for a long time, and finally was able to participate this past Sunday, September 29, 2013, thanks to Michael W. Travels (@MichaelWTravels) for posting about registration opening up (and the $5 off code RUNWAYrun2012)!

So, after deciding to forgo FTU in Tampa and cashing in on 10,000 Hilton HHonor points for a DoubleTree stay nearby the night before, I found myself anxious to get out there on the runway… the LIVE runway… with planes taking off and landing!

I admit I was nowhere near the breakneck speed of British Airways “Man vs. Plane but I managed a leisurely hour jog filled with lots of photo ops along the way! See below.

WWP
Runners, walkers, and a lot of children of all ages had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run on O’Hare’s newest runway, Runway 10C-28C, before it opens to air traffic on October 17, 2013 as part of the the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). I highly suggest this event, especially for families. Little to no running experience is needed, as this is not the kind of race you run for time (although the top finishers received two domestic R/T tickets on United!).

The event was sponsored by Chicago Department of Aviation, United Airlines, WLS Radio, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project serving military vets. 

United's Chicago O'Hare ORD #RunOnTheRunway 2013!

United’s Chicago O’Hare ORD #RunOnTheRunway 2013!

A full morning of events. Very family friendly!

A full morning of events. Very family friendly!

Sun is up and we're all waiting for the 'OK' to enter the active airfield.

Sun is up and we’re all waiting for the ‘OK’ to enter the active airfield.

Perfect day to ... run on a runway!

Perfect day to … run on a runway!

"Turn Right to Runway 10C" at ORD

“Turn Right to Runway 10C” at ORD

RUNNING the Friendly Skies!

RUNNING the Friendly Skies!

None stop planes landing and taking off nearby. Crazy!

None stop planes landing and taking off nearby. Crazy!

New 10,540' Runway 28C-10C opens Oct 17, 2013 to MUCH BIGGER traffic!

New 10,540′ Runway 28C-10C opens Oct 17, 2013 to MUCH BIGGER traffic!

 

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