Mon, Feb 26th, 2024


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