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On Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) will be holding the first YQB 5K, where some 1,200 participants will have the chance to run the airport’s main runway.
The YQB 5K is a unique opportunity for people in the Quebec City area to see the airport from a different angle–one that’s normally not available to the public. This type of race has already proven successful at other Canadian airports, but this will be a first in Quebec. Avjet and Air Canada have partnered with the airport to sponsor the event.
“I’m thrilled with the idea of welcoming more than 1,000 people from the greater Quebec City area to our airport,” said Stéphane Poirier, president and CEO of YQB. “I can’t wait to bring them to the heart of the action, where planes take off and land every day. YQB’s employees and partners are working hard to make this an exciting experience for the runners and everyone who comes to cheer them on. The entire airport community has stepped up to help with this event, which will support two leading local organizations.”
This promises to be a festive and family-friendly event with a quick course. Participants can take advantage of their trip to the airport to get a behind-the-scenes look at airport operations and see some interesting equipment, including aircraft.
The money raised for this event will go to the Fondation CERVO, which supports mental health research, and Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches, which supports a large network of community organizations.
Registration opens on May 10, 2019, at 5kmyqb.com.