Thursday, August 21, 2014

Runway 5K Set For Arrival: Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Illinois

The upcoming Run the Runway 5K aims to give local residents a unique view of Chicago Executive Airport.

“We thought it was a good way to get the community involved at the airport,” said Jamie Abbott, executive director for Chicago Executive, a facility jointly owned by the communities of Prospect Hts. and Wheeling. “The airport used to have open houses. This is a way to invite the community back to learn about the airport and what we do.”

The 5K run/walk will be held at airfield 16/34 starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) scholarship fund.

In addition to the 5K, there will be a mini open house with aircraft displays and food trucks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eight food trucks from Chicago area food vendors will make items available for purchase.

Runway 16/34 will be closed for the 5K from 6 to 11 a.m. “We will relocate planes before that time for the race,” said Vicki Mayr, executive secretary at the airport and event organizer.

Most flights coming into the airport are chartered or corporate planes along with individual owners.

The 5K will be held prior to the airfield’s closure starting in early September to install an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS). EMAS is crushable concrete used to stop a plane from overrunning the runway.

Site work will be completed during the entire month of September with weekend closings.

“Construction crews will prepare the work, remove pavement and do infrastructure work,” Abbott said. “The actual installation will take place in early October and be wrapped up in mid-October.”

The material will be installed on the south end of the 16/34 runway by October and installation at the north end would most likely be completed next fall.

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