GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Gerald R. Ford International Airport hosted its annual Runway 5K on airport grounds Saturday morning.

The race started under a runway tunnel, looped around by the airport fire station, and wrapped around on Runway 8L/26R – GFIA's general aviation runway. GFIA's two other commercial aviation runways were still operational during the 5K.

More than 1,000 runners and walkers braved Saturday's rainy morning for the event.

GFIA President and CEO Jim Gill said the airport was excited with bring back the 5K, after a very successful event in 2017. The race sold out in 5 days last year and raised $10,000 for charity. This year organizers expect to top that number.

Gill said the 5K gives "West Michigan a chance to experience our facility like never before." Not only did it encourage family time, but promoted healthy lifestyle and benefited Make-A-Wish Michigan.

GFIA chose Make-A-Wish Michigan to donate the proceeds of the 5K to for the second straight year.

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