|The Runway 5K Run/Walk took a new route this year starting near Ultralights. (photo by Phil Weston)
By Gary Flick
August 3, 2013 - A new route and a fresh start met the 800-plus runners who gathered at 7 a.m. Saturday near the Ultralights area to participate in EAA's sixth annual Runway 5K, with proceeds going to the Oshkosh United Way.
"I thought it was a great event," said Megan Schuessler, EAA marketing associate in charge of promoting the race. "We had more participants than we anticipated, the weather was great, and everyone had fun."
Organizers anticipated about 600 runners based on last year's attendance, but with a surplus of last-second registrations, 813 people toed the line for the race.
In past years, the event happened right in the middle of the AirVenture grounds, forcing runners to dodge people, vehicles, and other objects. This year the run was held around the Ultralights Runway with far less distraction.
"I think the new course will definitely be a permanent home for the event," Schuessler said. "It's nice that the runners can have some shade and the route is more clearly marked."
The big winners in the event were Oshkosh's own D.T. McDonald for the men and Minneapolis native Anna French for the women. The two crossed the finish line in 17:14 and 18:59, respectively. View the results
The most important results, of course, are the funds raised for the United Way, and though they are still being calculated, it is safe to say, based on attendance, those results should nicely exceed last year's $12,000 mark and with hopes for even bigger next year.