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The second annual 5K on the ROA Runway at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will take place October 14, 2023. This family-friendly 5K run/walk is open to all ages and abilities. Come have fun on the runway!

Hosted by the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, the 5K on the ROA Runway will raise funds for Carilion Clinic Cancer Center in memory of Julie Jeavons. Julie was the wife of David Jeavons, ROA’s Director of Finance and Administration, who lost her fight with cancer in 2021.

Registration is open

In addition to the race-day festivities, join ROA for Pints for a Purpose night at Parkway Brewing in Salem on Oct. 4 from 5-9 p.m. $1 from every pint sold that evening will support 5K on the ROA Runway fundraising efforts for Carilion Clinic Cancer Center. No registration is required; follow and RSVP at the Facebook event.

The following event details will be updated on an ongoing basis.


  1. How do I register? Register here. 
  2. Is this a rain or shine event? Yes, however, officials may change the route to a parallel taxiway in the event of inclement weather.
  3. What type of running surfaces are on the course? All of the race is run on paved asphalt.
  4. Can I register on the day of the race? There will be no in-person registration on race day.
  5. What is the time limit for the 5K? All participants must be off the racecourse within 90 minutes of starting.
  6. Where will the water stops be located? Please see the course map, here for rehab stations - check back for course map soon.
  7. Are there awards for each age group? Yes, awards will be given to the top male and female of each age group.
  8. Will photos be taken along the course and at the finish? Yes, photos will be uploaded to the race website within 48 hours after the race.
  9. Can I wear headphones while running? Yes, as long as all participants are aware of the orange safety flags. In the event of an incident, the orange safety flags will be waved, all participants need to stop the race and exit the runway immediately. The orange safety flags will be located along the racecourse.
  10. Are strollers allowed on the racecourse? Yes, strollers are allowed. The pavement does have small grooves on the runway.
  11. Am I allowed to bring a pet? No, animals are not permitted on the racecourse or on the airfield.
  12. Who can access the airfield? Only race participants will be allowed to access the airfield. All spectators must watch from the spectator area outside the fence.
  13. I or employees at my organization would like to volunteer at the race. How do I/we do that? Thanks for your interest! Please email us.
  14. My organization is interested in sponsoring the event. How do we do that? Thanks for your interest! Please email us.


This event is chip timed at both the start and finish. The race will start in waves in order to spread runners out and eliminate a mass start. We will do our best to designate the waves by expected finish time or age group. There will be verbal and visual cues as to how you should line up at the start. 

To ensure an accurate finish time, please follow these instructions: 

  • Your bib must be worn on the front of your body.
  • Please avoid wearing the bib on the side of your shorts or the back of your shirt to ensure the chip is picked up by the sensors.
  • Your bib cannot be covered.
  • Do not bend, crinkle, or remove the timing chip on your bib.


Results will be posted on and on ROA's social media channels.


Awards will be distributed at Hangar 4, adjacent to the finish line immediately following the race.


Thank you to our sponsors.

Gold Medal Sponsors

Finisher Medal Sponsor

Silver Medal Sponsors

Bib Sponsor

Bronze Medal Sponsors

Runway Sponsors

 Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email us.