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A 5K Run on the Runway

A group of Florida International Air Show 5K runners in front of a DC3


Laura Collins has seen what Special Olympics Florida can do for a person with intellectual disabilities. “There’s not just an increase in physical fitness and good health,” said Collins, director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida. “There’s an increase in self-esteem and self-worth. It helps you become a contributing member of society.”

The Florida International Air Show recognizes the impact Special Olympics Florida has had on the 54,000 who participate in the program and will again support the effort through its 5K run, to be held at Punta Gorda Airport on Saturday, November 2. The event is set to go off at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run will be held on the airport’s runways.

In its third year, the 5K run is open to all. Registration is $40 until noon November 1. Registration includes one general admission ticket to the show. First, second and third place medals will be awarded in men’s and women’s divisions. The first 300 registrants will receive a participant medal.

The Florida International Air Show, in its 39th year, is scheduled for Friday to Sunday, November 1 to 3 at the Punta Gorda Airport. The Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration jet squadron will be featured among many aeronautical acts.

For more information and to register for the 5K and the air show, go to floridaairshow.com.

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