JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S. C. –
Joint Base Charleston hosted the "Run the Runway 5k" Sept. 13. The event was to held to celebrate the delivery of the last U.S. Air Force C-17, which arrived to Joint Base Charleston during a ceremony the day prior.
Approximately 700 people participated in the run, which started at 7:30 a.m. at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Fitness Center and extended out to the flight line and back.. The route the runners ran on the flight line took them between the newest C-17 to arrive on base and the oldest C-17.
The first C-17, The Spirit of Charleston, tail number 89-1192, landed at
Charleston AFB at approximately 10:45 am June 14, 1993, and was piloted by
Gen. Merrill McPeak, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force at the time. The last C-17 arrived at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013 to JB Charleston.
This "Run the Runway 5k," unlike the other runs held in the past, was hosted as a commander's challenge. Commemorative trophies for the top three male and female finishers were awarded.