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Airport runway venue for night-time run/walk
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The next Great Bend Airfest is a year away, but Airfest Committee members said they are excited about the upcoming event, Run the Runway. Community members and visitors have the opportunity to participate in an evening 5K Run/Walk or 1 mile walk on Oct. 3 at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The event will start at 7 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to run or walk at night with the runway lights on.
Registration is $15 per person or $40 per team of four if they register before Friday, Sept. 19. Prices go up $5 per person after the late date. T-shirts will be an additional $10. The proceeds of this race will benefit the 2015 Great Bend Airfest.  
“Airfest was a huge success in 2012 and the 2015 Airfest is expected to be bigger and better,” said Martin Miller, Great Bend Municipal Airport manager. The Airfest Committee is hoping to bring in old World War II airplanes including the last flying B-29, named FiFi.
“Run the Runway is one of the few fundraisers we will be having to raise funds for our next Airfest, it’s expensive to bring in old warbirds and we need to help the city compensate for the funds needed,” Miller said. “We encourage you to come out and run or walk our airfield; this is a safe and fun event for all ages.”
To register or for more information visit Explore Great Bend on Facebook or call Christina Hayes, City of Great Bend community coordinator, at 620-793-4111.