I’m going for a jog on the runway at JFK

And you can come, too.

As for aviation geek fun, this event has to be towards the top of the list. Getting out on the runway is a lot of fun and it is also a great reminder of just how big everything that we deal with in air travel really is. The main runway at JFK – on which part of the event is run – is 14,000 feet long, more than two miles. The event doesn’t run the full length, but for one morning it will be runners jockeying for position, not jets.

The even is the annual JFK 5K Run on the Runway, sponsored by the JFK Rotary Club. It is one of the main fundraisers for the group and, as such, there is a nominal registration fee involved. You also have to get yourself out to the administration building at JFK pretty early on a Sunday morning in mid-April. Oh, and you’re expected to actually run or walk the 5K. But it will be completely worth it.

Register for the event here and I’ll see out on the runway.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Hi Seth,

    As a former bicycle racer, I’ve raced dozens of times right down the street from JFK at Floyd Bennett Field. Although they don’t use the runways there anymore for actual aircraft as far as I know, it was certainly fun racing on a 1.4 mile actual runway circuit on a bicycle. As Kathy mentioned above, there are running races there as well.

    1. I have ridden a bike at Bennett Field as well, Craig, though just recreationally rather than as part of an official event. Quite a bit of fun indeed.

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