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Joint Base Charleston to host 10th annual Run the Runway 5K race

060518 | May 29, 2018


The 10th annual Run the Runway 5K race, open to all Department of Defense members and the public, is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 8 a.m. at the JB Charleston-Air Base.


Come out and experience running on the JB Charleston runway. The 3.1 mile course is USA Track & Field certified and takes participants running past a fleet of U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

Race Information:  Cost for event: $20 (including $2.50 online registration fee) and is open to all Department of Defense members and the public.


Race Day Registration: $25 will only be available from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m.; includes race number and timing chip.


Team Competition: Teams consist of three persons (male or female) any age with fastest overall finishing time winning. Team awards will be presented to members finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd with overall fastest times. There will also be a Team Trophy (1) presented to the fastest DOD Team. Team members will be eligible for individual age group 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers. Individuals registering for Team Competition much enter their team name during online or race day registration.


The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., but is subject to delay based on weather, military and civilian aircraft traffic. Please allow enough time for base access procedures and parking. The Rivers Gate opens at 6 a.m. for public access.


All participants must be able to maintain a 20-minute per mile pace on the course. Jogging strollers are welcome.


The 5K course on the JB Charleston flightline is the flattest course in South Carolina. Electronic bib timing included. Water will be available on course at the half-way point.


Race awards for overall fastest male/female and top three finishers in each male/female age group: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65- 69, 70 and over. The award ceremony will follow the race. The top overall male and female runners will walk away with their own piece of the runway.


Enjoy a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and JB Charleston mission partner static displays.


Online registration:


Packet Pickup: Non-DoD ID cardholders can pick up packets Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports, 881 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mount Pleasant, S.C., (843) 606-2546. DoD ID cardholders can pick up packets Friday, June 8, 5 a.m. - 7 p.m., at the Air Base Fitness & Sports Center, 205 West Hill Blvd, JB Charleston S.C., (843) 963-3347. Race packets not picked up on Friday, June 8 will be available on race day from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. at the hangar where the event will take place.


Base Access for event: Non-DoD ID cardholder participants and spectators will only be allowed to enter the Air Base from the Rivers/Aviation Gate located on Perimeter Road, from 6 a.m. - noon only. DoD ID cardholders can enter through either the Rivers/Aviation or Dorchester gates. Please arrive early to allow time for access procedures.


Driving directions to Rivers/Aviation Gate: From I-26, take exit 211, East Aviation. Proceed a short distance on E. Aviation to South Aviation Ave and turn Right. Follow S. Aviation Ave to the Rivers/Aviation Gate. For Google Maps directions, enter "Charleston AFB Gate Parking" located on S. Aviation Ave, North Charleston, S.C. Once on base, follow signs for event parking, which will be located near the start and finish lines.


Additional Information: Any and all property is subject to search at any time entering, exiting, or while on Joint Base Charleston property. Absolutely NO pets, weapons, knives, explosives, paint, skateboards, bikes, roller blades, glass bottles, alcohol, recreational or commercial vehicles allowed on the Air Base. Participants will be allowed to use strollers during the event but must maintain 20 minute/mile pace.


For more information, contact the Air Base Fitness Center at (843) 963-3347. Online registration closes June 7, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. There will be race day registration which will only include a race bib, eligibility for a race award and refreshments. There will be no registration at packet pickup on Friday, June 8.


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