CLT Runway 5K Run/Walk

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Charlotte Douglas International Airport Runway 5k run 10th Anniversary

The 10th annual Runway 5K Run/Walk was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016.  The event attracted more than 3,000 registered participants.  The overall winner was Mike Mitchell of Charlotte with a time of 16 minutes.  Paula Pridgen, also of Charlotte, captured the top female spot, crossing the finish line in 17:45.

The 2017 event will take place Saturday, October 28th.


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Event Details

Event Day Schedule
Directi​​ons and Parking



Runners and walkers may register online now.

Visit​ to register.

​​Registration fees are as follows: 

Until Monday, October 9: $25

Tuesday, October 10 - Friday, October 27: $30

As in the past the race will be capped so sign up early.  There will be no race day registration. New this year, if you plan to bring friends or family to watch the event, they must register as well.  This event is held on a secure airfield.  For security purposes, we must know who everyone is that attends the race.  It is free for spectators but, they must sign up prior to race day.


10th Annual Awards for the Runway 5K in 2016 were presented in the following categories:

Top 3 Overall Male/Female​​
Top 3 Teams
Top 3 Male/Female Baby Joggers
Top 3 Male/Female in each age group: 7 and under, 8 – 10, 11 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – ​34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 and up.

Event Details

The Runway 5K Run is a certified run that takes place on a smooth, flat surface at one of the nation's most unique locations and busiest airports. A portion of the race course is on one of the Airport's taxiways and provides up close and exciting views of planes landing and taking off, the terminal complex and a scenic view of the Uptown Charlotte skyline. The course is wheelchair accessible and baby stroller friendly.

A variety of activities will be available for children.

Please note:  For safety reasons and because of the Run's secure location, bikes, rollerblades, inline skates, dogs and/or other pets are not allowed.


Event Day Schedule

Race ​begins at 8:00 a.m.



​​​​​Directions and Parking

​The starting point of the Runway 5K is at 5020 Hangar Road. Participant parking is free and available in designated areas near the event. Parking attendants and signage will be strategically positioned to assist with parking. Please refer to the Runway 5K Run event parking map for directions.


  • Leave enough time to park, walk to the race area and sign in.

  • ​For safety reasons and because of the Run's secure location, bikes, rollerblades, inline skates, dogs and/or other pets are not allowed.

Race History 

In year's past, local celebrities and athletes have participated in the event including Charlotte Bobcats Kemba Walker, former Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and Mrs. North Carolina USA Debbie Miller. The Runway 5K has raised more than $200,000 for LIFESPAN ​since its inception in 2007.​​​

CLT Airport employees posing for a photo
 A group of runners pose at night

Parapeligic participants begin the runway 5k with runners looking on 

the parapeligic participants at the starting line anxiously waiting to start 

A large group of runners running on the runway 

Runners running with the airport in the backdrop