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The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is committed to giving back to the communities it serves through fundraisers and other special events. Check out this page regularly for updates on events being hosted at ITH.

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  • 2023 Airport Day & Runway 5K

    Airports Day 2023

    Get ready for an exhilarating day of aviation and fitness at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport! Join us for the highly anticipated Runway 5K & Airport Community Day, where excitement takes flight and runners conquer the tarmac. Experience the unique opportunity to visit the airport while enjoying the thrill of a scenic 5K run along the runway. From aircraft displays and interactive exhibits to live entertainment and delicious food, this family-friendly event offers something for everyone. Lace-up your running shoes, bring your loved ones, and join us for a memorable day of fun, fitness, and aviation adventures at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.

    The Runway 5k looped the runway and taxiway. The course is flat and fast, with a limit of 515 runners to be cleared for takeoff on the round-trip.

    Preregistration includes T-Shirt if you register by midnight on Friday, August 11th . Registrations after this date will NOT be guaranteed a T-Shirt.

    Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023 7am-1pm; Registration starts at 7am; 5K Race 8am-9am

    Location: Ithaca Tompkins International Airport

    Course: Loop the Runway and Taxiway, flat and fast

    Awards: First Male & Female overall will receive a $250.00 travel voucher (rebate with proof of travel) toward airfare from Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.

    Age groups are 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, &70+.

    Click here register online

    All proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for pilots to attend flight training school. The goal is to raise $50,000 to rectify the nation’s critical pilot shortage

    Not a runner? We’ve got more than just a race lined up for you:

    • East Hill Pancake Breakfast
    • Airplanes on display
    • Fire trucks on display
    • Police equipment on display
    • Tethered Hot Air Balloon rides
    • Tables from other groups and organizations

    Airport Day has plenty of family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy! Don’t miss out on the fun. See you there!

    Thank you to our sponsors:
    C&S Steel
    ESPN Ithaca WPIE-AM 107.1 / 1160
    Tompkins Weekly
    Ithaca Area Economic Development
    Taughannock Aviation
    East Hill Flying Club


    The first Runway 5K & Airport Community Day since 2019 was a fantastic success. We had an impressive Runway 5K turnout of 266 participants, ranging from ages 4 to 78, making it a truly inclusive community event. We received positive feedback from attendees who participated in the 5K run and those who enjoyed exploring all of the various agencies showcasing equipment and providing valuable information. We’d like to extend our gratitude to all the agencies that participated and contributed to the event’s success. It was a fantastic day for our community and the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, and we look forward to next years event (no date yet).

    A Big THANK YOU to all the Groups and Agencies at Airport Day:
    Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH)
    East Hill Flying Club
    Women in Aviation International
    Southern Tier Balloon Tours
    NY State Police
    Tompkins County Sheriffs
    Dryden Fire Department
    Ithaca Airport Fire Rescue
    Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum
    Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association
    Ithaca Radio Control Society
    Tompkins County Office for the Aging
    Crossroads the Clown

    Congratulations to all the Runway 5K Winners:

    Overall Male
    Roberto Leon – 15:41

    Overall Female
    Ella Whiffen – 18:28

    Age Groups:
    M – Henry Kenny (11) – 26:48
    F – Kimberlie Edwards (13) – 25:00

    M – Callum Coots (18) – 15:47
    F – Ella Zilli (18) – 19:32

    M – Sam Allen (21) – 16:48
    F – Lauren Rodgers (21) – 21:51

    M – Christopher Petroff (30) – 16:20
    F – Jennifer Wierman (38) – 22:24

    M – Dan Scales (49) – 19:15
    F – Liz Hartman (41) – 19:15

    M – Karl Smolenski (54) – 21:30
    F – Jill Pace (57) – 26:52

    M – Alan Lockett (66) – 20:09
    F – Lois Meyer (62) – 26:21

    M – Ken Hodges (70) – 22:40
    F – Teresa Craighead (70) – 30:29

  • Moment of Movement

    The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted families and employers in our community. As caregivers re-enter the workforce, many are in need of immediate childcare assistance. With your support, we can provide childcare resources to families as well as help employers retain their workforce.

    Join us on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00AM to 10:00AM for a FREE virtual workout led by Chantelle Farmer and senior instructors (Jenny Henion, Jessica Kerns, and Carrie Susskind) from FLX Fitclub! Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the United Way of Tompkins County and the Ithaca Youth Bureau to help families facing current childcare challenges.

    Donate today and give our youth a flying start!

    Your gift to Moment of Movement will support:

    Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau- Scholarships for children of all ages to participate in a variety of recreation and leisure programs. Sport programs and clinics, theatre and art classes, yoga and Tae Kwon Do, tennis and more are among fall offerings with plans underway for an exciting winter. These programs will provide opportunities for young people to be active, have fun, explore interests, socialize with peers and make new friends.

    United Way of Tompkins County- Support program funding for supervised learning opportunities for youth, including programs supporting remote learning, “after school” activities, and recreational and enrichment programs, as well as the Child Development Council Emergency Scholarship Fund that provides support for low wage earners when they face unexpected household expenses.


    To donate to this event, please click here or call 607-500-GIVE!

    Join the Virtual Workout:

    Click here to join the virtual workout on September 26th!

    Presenting Sponsors:

    Media Sponsor:

    Corporate Donors:


    For more information about the event or if any businesses are interested in making a contribution to the fundraiser, please contact Laurie Linn at lauriel@communiquedesign.com or call 607-277-8901, ext. 2100