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Runners Love New Runway 5K Course
By Steve Schapiro
 

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 reviews.

"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, too.

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

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