VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Lace up! Runners are invited to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna for a 5K race on the runway.

It’s the 5th Annual 5K on the Runway. The event takes place July 16 at 8 a.m., and registration starts at 7 a.m.

The race takes runners down the runway of the airport and up on the flight deck of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, where participants will have an opportunity to get up close to C-130s and fire engines.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council (YARSBCC). The organization works closely with Family Readiness to support airmen in need of immediate financial help and supports morale efforts. The group also raises public awareness about YARS’s mission, vision and economic impact on the Valley.

Runners will receive a shirt, finisher medal, water and a snack. There are also overall and age group awards. Registration can be completed online. The cost is $35. More information is available online at Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council.

“Security forces will be out there on the base so they’ll see that in action.” Many people haven’t seen a C-130 up close and they are way bigger than they look in the sky,” said Cathy Moore, a spokesperson for the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council.

Sponsors include:

  • The Sha’Nini George Foundation
  • Seven Seventeen Credit Union
  • The Cafaro Foundation
  • The Trumbull County Community Foundation
  • EOMAC, Gibson Insurance Agency
  • Vienna Township Trustees
  • Hudson Companies
  • Wheatland Steel Processing
  • Chadderton Trucking
  • Kathy Carroll – Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway
  • Jugenheimer Industrial Supplies, and Huntington Bank