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Airport in Wheeling hosts inaugural Run the Runway event

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  • Runners take off down the runway for the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

       Runners take off down the runway for the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Runners take off down the runway for the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

       Runners take off down the runway for the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Ryan Kearns of Prospect Heights heads for the finish with a winning time of 17:28 during the Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

       Ryan Kearns of Prospect Heights heads for the finish with a winning time of 17:28 during the Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer places a medal around the neck of Ryan Kearns of Prospect Heights for the fastest time of 17:28 in the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

       Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer places a medal around the neck of Ryan Kearns of Prospect Heights for the fastest time of 17:28 in the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Sara and Nick Schroeder of Lake Zurich make their way down the runway during the Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

       Sara and Nick Schroeder of Lake Zurich make their way down the runway during the Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
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An open house Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling began with the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk to raise funds for scholarships awarded through the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation.

After the run, people could enjoy a variety of Chicago-area food trucks and a free aircraft display.

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Chicago Area Business Aviation Association is a grass-roots organization formed by business aviation professionals. It offers scholarships valued at nearly $100,000 through the proceeds of this and other fundraising events.

Chicago Executive Airport covers 411 acres. Approximately 300 aircraft are based on the field and approximately 200,000 takeoffs and landings occur annually.

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