Montgomery Regional Airport hosts Inaugural Runway 5K

(Montgomery, AL) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) hosted its inaugural Runway 5K on June 10, 2023. The exciting and unique event provided participants with the opportunity to experience the thrill of running or walking on MGM’s actual airport runway while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of one of Alabama’s premier airports.

The idea behind the Runway 5K was to bring together the local community and aviation enthusiasts in a unique way. Instead of the typical marathon or road race, MGM opened its taxiways for a 5K race. The 5K course offered participants a rare chance to see the airport from a different perspective, as they made their way along the runway with aircraft parked in the background and the control tower providing an impressive backdrop.

“Our first event was a resounding success, exceeding our expectations in terms of participation and community engagement. We had roughly 500 registered runners, ranging from serious athletes to families looking for a fun and active weekend activity,” said Communications and Marketing Manager, Brittney Jones-Dabney. “In addition, we received tremendous support from local businesses and organizations who sponsored the event, helping us cover the logistics and provide an exceptional experience for the participants.”

The run also kicked off the Airport’s giving campaign with the River Region United Way, raising $5,000 through raffle ticket sales.

A special thanks goes to the 5K sponsors and partners: Box Aviation, Eleven86 (water sponsor), Goodwyn Mills Cawood (presenting sponsor), Piedmont Airlines, Valley Bank, HPM, Gather Round Entertainment, MGM Runs Club, Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, Sip-n-Cycle, WLWI, and WSFA.

Airline Ticket Raffle Winners:
Delta Airlines: Patricia Thomas
American Airlines: Suzanna Willis

5K Top Overall Male: Ricardo Banuelos

5K Top Overall Female: Carrie Blanton

Male 14 & Up:
Luke Hatchcock – 1st
Joshua Buchanan – 2nd
Elijah Beal– 3rd

Female 14 & Up:
Livia Dwyer – 1st
Genevieve Frander – 2nd
Waverly Milligan– 3rd

Male 15-19:
Taigen Mayes– 1st
Phipps Fiore– 2nd
Roman Milligan– 3rd

Female 15-19:
Presley Miles– 1st
Isabella Navidad– 2nd
Ava Dradzynski– 3rd

Male 20-24:
Jackson Wilson– 1st
Royce Heffley– 2nd
Griffin Payne– 3rd

Female 20-24:
Ariana Tyler– 1st
Hannah Paik– 2nd
Natalie Mayes– 3rd

Male 25-29:
Justin Peifer– 1st
Jack Osborne– 2nd
Nathan Mayes– 3rd

Female 25-29:
Ashley Robinson– 1st
Nina Tekelenburg– 2nd
Abigail Bowles– 3rd

Male 30-34:
Amos Phillips– 1st
Darius Chambers– 2nd
Alberto Munoz– 3rd

Female 30-34:
Laine Villarreal– 1st
Courtney Norris – 2nd
Jeannine Gomez– 3rd

Male 35-39:
Kory Russell– 1st
Brent Danner– 2nd
George Hatchcock– 3rd

Female 35-39:
Kimberly Carpenter– 1st
Colleen Galloway – 2nd
Brittney Bussey– 3rd

Male 40-44:
Dan Chappell– 1st
Bryson Gambill– 2nd
Orlando Harris– 3rd

Female 40-44:
Hillary Barrowman– 1st
Sandra Lee – 2nd
Kirstyn Caldwell– 3rd

Male 45-49:
Shaun Hege– 1st
Keith Boddie– 2nd
Brad Thomas– 3rd

Female 45-49:
Laura Fennell– 1st
Wendy Wennerstrom– 2nd
Latasha Moore– 3rd

Male 50-54:
M Loy– 1st
Tyrone Dillon– 2nd
Greg Thomas– 3rd

Female 50-54:
Cindy Jones– 1st
Leanne Thompson– 2nd
Anita Brown– 3rd

Male 55-59:
Keith Kasarjian– 1st
Manny Sanchez– 2nd
John Porter– 3rd

Female 55-59:
Sherri Askins– 1st
Darleen Brown– 2nd
Viola Zaner– 3rd

Male 60-64:
Conwell Hooper– 1st
Sonny Wheat– 2nd
Joe Boros– 3rd

Female 60-64:
Patty Kratzer– 1st
Anita Freeman– 2nd
Jewel Wilkinson– 3rd

Male 65-69:
Fletcher Gibson– 1st
John Benoit– 2nd
Steve Hunter– 3rd

Female 65-69:
Pat Benoit– 1st
Elana Arciprete– 2nd
Kay Cannady– 3rd

Male 70 -74:
Steve McCray– 1st
Bob Bailey– 2nd

Female 70 -74:
Carolyn Irwin– 1st
Frances Watts– 2nd
Caldonia Howard– 3rd

Male 80+:

Charlie Colvin– 1st