File photo courtesy of Jeff Lower.

This story was originally published Sept. 10.

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is welcoming the community to take part in a race on the runway and enjoy a day full of activities this Saturday with the return of Airport Day.

The 4th Annual Airport Day officially kicks off at 10 a.m. but really begins at 9 a.m. with a Runway 5K, which will be one lap around the runway. The 5K goes until about 10 a.m. and proceeds will support the SPCA of Tompkins County.

There will be a pancake breakfast from the East Hill Flying Club beginning at 7:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., attendees can enjoy a Great British Baking Show-style event with the Great Ithaca Bake Off by the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club. The proceeds will benefit the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.

There will also be food trucks, activities for all ages and a wide array of airplanes on display. Ithaca’s WWI Thomas-Morse “Tommy” biplane will also be stationed at the event by the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation ahead of its centennial flight Sept. 29.

“With delicious food trucks, fun activities for kids and parents alike, and of course a wide array of airplanes, ITH’s Airport Day is a wonderful, family-friendly way to connect with the community and celebrate Ithaca’s rich aviation heritage,” the airport said in a news release.

For more information, visit the registration page here.

The weather this weekend looks clear so far, but in case of rain, the event will be held Sunday.

Featured image courtesy of Jeff Lower featuring Airport Day in 2016.

Kelsey O'Connor

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