YFC Runway Run Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not running. Can I come out and cheer on my family or friends?
Absolutely! This is a fun event for the whole family, and we hope that our community will come out to cheer on the runners, get a glimpse behind the scenes at YFC, and help raise some funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick. Spectators will be able to see runners depart and cross the finish line, and will be able to see static aircraft displays as well as access the apron (the part of the tarmac that the planes park on – this is a restricted area, so getting access for the public is kind of a big deal!).
Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for details about the event, but pencil in 10am – 12:30pm on Saturday May 23!
Safety & Security
You’re letting us into a secured area. Do I need to bring anything special with me?
Yes, government issued ID must be shown on race morning for security purposes. NO ID = NO RACE. You are running “airside” which is classed as a restricted area, and we must abide by Transport Canada regulations.
You will be asked to exchange your ID for your timing chip. Runners will be required to sign a waiver at this time in order to participate. On the completion of the race, runners will turn in their timing chip and their ID will be returned to them at that time.
Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable. It does not need to be a passport.
Can I wear headphones during the run?
NO headphones may be used on the course. We need to be able to communicate with everyone on the course in the event of an emergency.
What if there’s an emergency landing?
The runways will (obviously) be closed to all air traffic during the run. However, in the event of an emergency landing, the lights on the side of the runway will flash. If this happens, everyone must immediately exit the runway and move 200 feet off the side of the runway. Security personnel will be stationed along the course, and will assist in the event of an emergency.
Can I take photos on the runway?
We know you’ll want to take photos during the run, and that’s OK! You’re welcome to bring your smartphone along if you like – no large cameras, camcorders or DSLRS, please (and no tripods, of course!)
We hope to have a photographer on hand to capture the run, and photos will be posted to social media so that you can share them with your friends!
Can I bring a stroller?
Strollers are not allowed on the course. But we’ll have seating at the start/finish line so that your little one can cheer you across the finish line (provided that you bring a responsible adult with you to supervise them, of course).
Can I ride my bicycle?
No, bicycles (and inline skates, etc.) are not permitted on the course.
Can I bring my dog to the race?
Only service animals are permitted at the event. Service animals must be accompanied by a human at all times and be on a leash at all times. Dogs can be a hazard to aircraft if they accidentally get loose on the airfield.
Will I have to pay for parking?
The Fredericton International Airport Authority is waiving the parking fees in the short-term parking lot between 10am and 3pm on race day. Donations in lieu of parking fees are welcome, though, and volunteers for the Canadian Mental Health Association will be collecting donations at the exits. Overflow parking will also be available, just look for our volunteers as you enter the airport property and they’ll direct you!
Will there be water on the course?
FOD (Foreign Object Damage) is a safety issue, and so no containers of any kind, including water bottles, will be allowed on the runway. If you drop anything on the runway, please pick it up.
Water and snacks will be provided for runners in the pavilion before and after the race, and if you’d like something more substantial, look for the Delta’s gourmet hot dog stand (Delta is donating all proceeds to the CMHA of NB).
Will there be snacks for the runners?
Yes, there will be a post-race snack for the runners. Please, if you’re not a runner, don’t take food from the runner’s table!
The events span the lunch hour, and family, friends, and community members (and extra-hungry runners!) attending the event will be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages on site. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick.
Is this a timed course?
Yes! Atlantic Chip is providing timing services.
Speaking of timing, is there a time limit?
Yes, there is a time limit of 1 hour for the race. All runners must be off the runway at the end of this time; any runners still on the course at the one-hour mark will be escorted back to the public area by vehicle.
When & where do I get my race kit?
Race kit pickup will be 10am – 12:30pm on race day (Saturday, May 23) in the pavilion at the Fredericton International Airport. Don’t know where the pavilion is? No problem! Just come to the airport on race day and our volunteers will direct you.