Take Flight Achieves Lift… Despite Market Drag!

May 27, 2015
GREENVILLE, SC – “Many race organizers have seen a decline in participation because there are now so many racing options every weekend. Events are actually competing for participants. The Take Flight 5K and Kids’ Mile have grown, however, likely due to the fun family atmosphere and unique airport runway venue,” stated Joe Lanahan, Take Flight 5K Race Director.  This year, 354 people registered for the 5K and 101 for the kid’s mile.  Together they constituted a 29% increase over 2014.  The event raised about $6,000 for Runway Park at GMU. Organizers say funds raised will go towards adding much needed restrooms.
The event had two new features this year:  One was a Charity Challenge, where teams competed against each other.  Greenville Classical Academy won the competition.  The other was random prizes being awarded to people without regard to their race standing, thus giving everyone a shot at winning something.  “The prize giveaway was a huge success and made the event more fun.  Several people displayed extreme joy in winning!  Jumping, skipping and even hollers were heard!” stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport where the event was held.  What was given away can be seen at (http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunOnTheRunway.html).  Race results can be found at: http://www.runningtime.info/2014/0523155KA.htm
CHUCK 97.7, Hot 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ, X98.5, Maserati Lotus Greenville, Touring Sport BMW / Triumph / Ducati, Civil Air Patrol, RoundTowners, SC-TAC, Evergreen Recycling and Fleet Feet Sports sponsored Take Flight 5K 2015 that was held on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend) at the Greenville Downtown Airport.
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunOnTheRunway.html and https://www.facebook.com/RunOnTheRunwayAtTheGreenvilleDowntownAirportInSc?ref=hlGMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or [email protected]

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Rob Frasher, Leigh Frasher, Xavier Dye (works for Maserati/Lotus Greenville.  He played football for Clemson.  Was a wide receiver). Michelle Frasher.  Frasher family lives in the city.
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From left to right: Daniel Waldschmidt came in 3rd – from Greer, 36 year old; Brooks Hovis came in 2nd – from Taylors, 16 years old; James Page was our overall 1st place winner – from Taylors, 20 years old

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Civil Air Patrol Greenville Composite Squadron honor Memorial Day Weekend at Take Flight 5K
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Andrew Brooks, of Greenville, wins a prize!  Ron Hardgrave with Civil Air Patrol Greenville Composite Squadron hands out the prizes.