David Brent from
Monroe, Michigan, and Laura Haefeli from Del Norte, Colorado,
were the 5K winners.
Back of the running singlet worn by
Kevin and Cindy McNeigh, Delta Airline pilots who have run all
four EAA Runway YMCA 5K races.
Other than the occasional sound of an
airplane taking off, the loudest sound at AirVenture on Saturday morning
was the noise of 431 pairs of feet hitting the pavement for the 4th
Annual EAA Runway YMCA 5K.
The newly designed course got rave
"I loved it," said Cindy
McNeigh, EAA #672523. "It was much better."
Cindy and her husband Kevin, both pilots
for Delta Airlines, should know. Decked out in matching race singlets
that said "avoid my jet wash" on the back, they were the
second and third participants to register for the inaugural EAA Runway
5K four years ago.
And they've run every year since.
As usual, the course started and finished
in the North 40-in between, the course took a different route.
From the starting line participants
darted past P-51 Mustangs, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Quest Kodiak
on floats in front of the Federal Pavilion, and past the International
Aerobatic Club display, before passing AeroShell Square.
At the Vintage Red Barn the course turned
to go by the campers sleeping in Paul's Woods, past the Exhibit Hangers,
through the homebuilt parking and back to the North 40.
David Brent won the race in a 15:36.
Laura Haefeli, who flew in from Colorado
with her husband in their Cessna 206, was the first female finisher with
a time of 17:48.
A race with an international flavor…
Stefano Bortolomiol from Cornuda, Italy, about 30 miles east of Venice,
heard about the race at 10 p.m. on Friday and decided to register.
He is an exchange student who graduated
from high school three weeks ago and came to Oshkosh with his host
family from South Dakota.
He wasn't the only participant from
overseas, as there were runners from South Africa and the Netherlands,
A little closer to home, Bill Cazzola of
Menasha, Wisconsin, and his daughter Christy of Appleton, Wisconsin,
came to AirVenture for the first time just for the race but are looking
forward to seeing the vintage aircraft and the air show tonight.
Bill is training for his first marathon
this fall and Christy just starting to run again after having a baby
last year. Her goal was to run the race in 19 minutes or less. She
finished second among the women in 17:57.
"It's a beautiful race," said
Bill. "I'll definitely be back."
EAA Runway 5k Results