John Glenn International Runway 5K Run & Walk

Sat September 21, 2019 Columbus, OH US 43219 Directions

5K Run & Walk

9:00AM EDT

Few people ever get the opportunity to step foot on a runway, let alone race on one. This fun, unique experience will allow racers access to CMH 10L-28R, our north runway.  The south runway will remain open so planes can be seen taking off, landing and/or taxiing. Take advantage of this flat course to achieve your PR!

To honor John Glenn who was an aviator and veteran, proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight Columbus, a nonprofit organization that provides senior veterans with a day in the nation’s capital to visit the memorials built in their honor.

Additional Race Information


Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked on TUESDAY Sept. 17 from 7AM-3PM at John Glenn International Airport.  Parking fees will apply.  Proceed to baggage claim and follow signage to the conference room located near bag belt #1 (Southwest's bag belt).  Note:  Tuesday is the only day packets can be picked up at the airport.    

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Westerville location (50 N State St) on Wednesday, September 18, Thursday, September 19 (10AM-8PM) and Friday, September 20 (10AM-6PM). You may also pick up your packets at the race beginning at 7:30 am on September 21.


Free race day parking will be at the Airside Business Park (4510 Bridgeway Ave., Columbus, OH 43219) directly across from the Airfield Maintenance Facility. Carpooling with your friends and family is encouraged.

Race Day Timeline

7:30 AM - Race day packet pickup will begin. There will be no race day registration.

8:45 AM - Packet pickup closes and participants must be at the start line for safety briefing.

9:00 AM - The John Glenn International Runway 5K Run & Walk takes off! No late starts will be allowed.

10:00 AM - Awards!  Draw raffle winners.

10:30 AM - Race is finished, all participants, volunteers, and staff must be off of the course.


- Bags and backpacks will not be permitted on-site

- No pets are permitted on-site

- Only registered participants wearing bib numbers are allowed on the course. Non-registered spectators can greet participants at the finish line.

- Pursuant to ORC 2923.1212 deadly weapons or dangerous ordnances of any kind are not permitted on the premises


To ensure safety, all participants must remain on the marked course/pavement. All packages, participants, and spectators are subject to screening upon entering the race staging area. Strollers will be permitted on the course and are also subject to inspection. Children riding in strollers must remain in the strollers for the duration of the race. Only children who are registered for the event will receive medals and bibs.  


Special recognition awards will be given to the following on event day: top overall male/female finisher, top youth (14 & Under) male/female finisher, top masters (40+) male/female finisher, top grandmasters (55+) male/female finisher.

Raffle for Airline Tickets

Enter to win 2 round trip tickets for Southwest or Spirit!  Each raffle entry is $10, cash or credit, with proceeds going to Honor Flight Columbus.  Airline terms and conditions apply and the winner does not need to be present to win.  The drawing will be held immediately following the awards.


The event will be held rain or shine. The race may be canceled in the event of severe weather or other factors preventing safe operation of the airport and race.  In the event of cancellation, refunds will not be given.


Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, a finisher medal, race bag and other goodies!

Race Contact Info

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4605 Bridgeway Ave
Columbus, OH US 43219
Course Map

Check out the route you'll be using on race day.

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