# 5 is opening!

Who’d a thunk it?

Have you ever wanted to stand in the middle of a 9,000 foot runway? Well, maybe several of us have so we could scream at the sky because of a flight delay or cancellation or because you didn’t really want to take that business trip in the first place.

We’ll here’s another reason to stand in the middle of a 9,000 foot runway: It’s almost open and apparently (from the press release) you’re invited so keep reading!


SOURCE: Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Website

“Community Day on the Fifth Runway”
Saturday, May 20, 2006
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

5K on the Fifth Runway Fun Run
Registration begins at 6:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run on a 9,000 foot runway before it opens! Join Mayor Shirley Franklin and bring the family to enjoy this 3.1 mile event and say you were the first to run on the Fifth Runway.

Community Day
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come one, come all to touch, see and feel what a 9,000 foot long, 150 foot wide runway looks like. A host of activities, musical performances and concessions will be available for all ages.
Atlanta Airport Website – News Section | Event Page

Now, unless I missed it, the website doesn’t really say if you’re just suppose to show up and walk out to the runway. That can’t be true. So, I hope, if I show up, they’ll be some sort of information as to how to get to this new runway. Anybody know? Anybody care? LOL. I think it’s kind of cool.

7 Comments so far

  1. jonathan peterson (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    man, I bet we could get up a wicked game of roller hockey on that thing

  2. STEVE BEVILLE (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    Man, you got that right! With all that space, they could have Olympic events out there.

  3. dpnation (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 8:24 am

    Do we have to go through the baggage/security screener prior to partying on the runway?

  4. STEVE BEVILLE (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    That’s a good question. One I have not found on the website yet. I am sure there is going to be some sort of security stuff.

  5. dpnation (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 7:45 am

    better show up at least 3 hours early then!

  6. Garp (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    Media day is actually today, Tuesday May 16. The “community day” for the opening is actually Saturday and is open to the public. To my knowledge, there is no fee to get in, but you will have to go through security.

    There will be live entertainment and concessions. I’m lead guitar player for The Thomas Tillman Band, we’ll be performing 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – we won’t have our information/security information until ednesday.


  7. MikeE (unregistered) on May 20th, 2006 @ 5:26 am

    Here’s the info on how to attend the “Community Day” from the AJC site since the fine folks that operate the atlanta-airport.com site never bothered to post it.

    “Pickups will be from the old Georgia International Convention Center on Sullivan Road behind the Sheraton; the old Northwest hangar at 1000 Loop Road; and the Hartsfield-Jackson Technical Campus at 1255 S. Loop Road in College Park. No charge.”

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