Recently, I learned that the Toronto Underwear Affair isn’t going to happen in 2011. That’s a bit of a drag. It’s the only fundraising race I do each year, and it’s a lot of fun. So I’m now looking for something to replace it.
What I want is another fundraiser, a race that happens in warm (or, better yet, hot) weather, and one that I can easily drop into my busy race calendar. I may have found just the event.
The Pearson Runway Run is a 5K run that takes place on one of the principal runways of Toronto’s international airport. It takes place on a Sunday morning in mid-June, and it’s a fundraiser for the emergency ward of a local hospital.
It sounds like a bit of a skit.
Race participants can watch take-offs and landings on the adjacent runway (while they’re racing!). They can walk through a FedEx plane, see a real race car up close, and meet the airport’s bird man and his falcon. The video on the event site shows a lot of folks running pretty slowly, but the winner this year finished in 18:22, so I imagine there are some pretty competitive runners there too.
Hey, it’s for a good cause. It’s a perfectly flat, dead straight course, on airport-quality tarmac – and so perfect for a barefoot run. And the race medal features a great big honking airplane. I think I’m in.