Husband and wife team Rick Allwright and Candice Phibbs organized the sold-out event through their company Mile East Productions.
“We are absolutely thrilled at the response to the inaugural Starlight Runway Run,” said Phibbs.
“We received excellent reviews and feedback from our participants or ‘passengers’ as well as our volunteers and the airport staff.”
Despite the dark conditions and cracks on the outside edges of the runway asphalt, no injuries were reported.
Yarmouth County Ground Search and Rescue volunteers were on the course and reported no issues at all en route. (The event also helped to support this organization.)
The run was held in connection with 80th anniversary festivities for the Yarmouth airport (YQI) and Sea to Stars - events and experiences on tap to celebrate the sea, local cuisine, and starlit night skies, Aug.24 – Sept. 23.
Phibbs says they received excellent reviews and feedback from participants or "passengers" as well as volunteers and the airport staff.
“We will be looking to improve the course measurement accuracy as the 5- kilometre distance came up short. We will also be exploring timing services and the possibility of a post race reception in the airport lounge.”
An event wrap up meeting is scheduled for later this month with the YQI staff and search and rescue volunteers. The date for next year’s flight/run will be confirmed at that time.
“Rick and I had a blast putting this together and couldn't have done it without our "flight crew". We can't wait for take off next year!” said Phibbs.