Midway Fly Away 5k benefiting Special Olympics
Join in the
fun and run right on the airfield at Chicago Midway International Airport.
New this year:
They've added "The Midway Miler", a one mile race for kids 10 and
The event benefits the
year round programs enjoyed by 6,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes. For more information on getting involved
and making a difference, visit www.sochicago.org.
Our thanks to the City of
Chicago, Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines for their ongoing support!
See you at the start
Saturday, September 17, from 10AM-2PM
6258 W 62nd Street
Packet pick up will be held on
race day from 7:00AM until the race starts at 8:45 am at the Southwest Airlines Hangar, located at 6201 S. Laramie
at Midway Airport in Chicago, IL. Please indicate any changes on your race bib to a member of the race
Doors to the Southwest
Airlines hangar will open at 7AM. Participants are required to bring a photo id for check-in at the Southwest
Airlines Hangar and be subject to search. No backpacks/bags will be allowed on the course, however, there will be
gear check available the day of the race but please limit your gear to small items for ease of
No “wheels”, including
strollers, bicycles, tricycles, roller
blades, inline skates, will be allowed on the
Free parking will be available
for all participants in the Midway Airport Economy Parking lot, located at 5050 W. 55th Street. You must be parked
no later than 8:30 am as the last shuttle to the race starting line will depart by 8:45am. Race volunteers will
guide you to the shuttle area.
We will have fun for the whole
family so bring your children to enjoy face painters and balloon artists! Souvenir merchandise and refreshments
will also be available for purchase.
Just like last year, the
runner who crosses the finish line "midway" will be awarded (2) round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to fly
anywhere in the continental United States. Winner must be at least 18 years of age.
Other great raffle prizes will
also be awarded and prizes will be presented to the first place male and female winners and to the top three male
and female finishers in each age group category. We will also be conducting a $10 raffle with awesome
Please remember to remove the
“Raffle” ticket from your bib, before you run, and place it in the box on the raffle table. Winners will be
The runner who raises the most
funds by October 1 will receive a Chicago White Sox Skybox for 20 to be used in April or May of
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"To climb or descend through and around towers of fluffy
whiteness, sun shining through, over and around them. Talk about your silver linings! To
take off from Honolulu with a rainbow that follows you to Diamond Head, and hear, 'Aloha, come back soon.' To
fly off to Europe with darkness only on the right side of your airplane, or to come back with two sunrises in
one day: these are but a few of the fantastic experiences of the gift of flight. And you too, can have this
gift. Why don’t you join me?" -Flight Engineer Robert F. Zilinsky, American Airlines
Step back in time and experience
aviation, a magical place ...and an era when aviation was an exciting event,
not just a quicker way of getting from Point A to Point B. Air travel was a romantic, exciting thing and people got
dressed up to fly, or just to go to the airport to watch the show!
From the late-1920s to the early 1960s you were up close and personal with giant, gleaming airplanes ... beautiful
machines to behold. Chicago has always loved Midway Airport and today, it's known as the World's Busiest Square
Mile... but here, we take you back to the days when this incredible, teeming place was the World's
Many thanks to Midway Historian Boyd Kelly for this excellent video.
of the Midway Historians is to preserve and share the history of Chicago Aviation and in particular, its legacy
airport, Midway. The airport has birthed a multitude of stories, photos, sights and sounds.
We might take our mission seriously, but we have a lot of fun doing it and we hope this visit will stir
up excitement in you about our favorite airport. No other airport on earth has been packed with so
much intensity, bravado, adventure, allure, romance, sounds or celebrity than has this
square mile of real estate nine miles southwest of the Chicago Loop.
Write and tell us what you think of your visit here, and what else you
would like to see on the website. If you are an enthusiast of Midway Airport, Midway Historians is
your club! All youneed to
become a Midway Historian is that
— and there's no cost to join.
Perhaps you have a thing or two
to share about your experiences with Midway. Or, you may have a friend or relative who had some regular
dealings with MDW, or know someone who's flown from MDW during those golden years of
aviation. Either way, give us a shout. We look forward to
hearing from you.