A summer night at Helsinki Airport: Runners on the runway!
Finavia arranged a unique running event with Finnair on Runway 3 of Helsinki Airport on a warm Thursday evening on 5 July. After the renovation has been completed, the runway will be opened for air traffic on Monday 9 July.
A total of 35 runners tested their physical condition in a Cooper test on the runway. The best result was achieved by pilot Antti Röyskö with 3250 meters. Finnish rap artist Signmark was one of the runners and his score was 2920 meters.
"This was a great sporting evening on the runway of a busy airport, on brand new tarmac. The previous time when the public was allowed on the runway was in 2002 when the runway was completed," says Finavia's Heini Noronen-Juhola, Assistant Director of Helsinki Airport.
The runway is about three kilometres long so it's excellent for the Cooper test. The runway is wider than a usual running track: 60 metres in total.
The unique event was in celebration of the completion of the runway renovation. The three-kilometre runway has recently been repaved and its lights have been replaced. The runway has been closed for the summer period and will be opened for air traffic on Monday 9 July. This is why it was possible to use the runway as the venue for the running event.
Points to charity according to metres
The total number of metres run was 94772. For all the metres run, Finnair will donate their flight points to charity and the target will be determined later according to a public vote on Facebook.
"The shiny new asphalt on the renovated runway inspired our personnel to run, so we decided to arrange a fun run for a good cause. Although it wasn't entirely for fun, as each runner really did his or her best to collect as many points as possible for the charity. Running on a runway is a unique opportunity for anybody, and especially so for keen runners. This time we were able to activate some of the pilots, who turned out to be a really fit lot," says Jarkko Konttinen, Marketing Director of Finnair.
Watch the best segments of the event on Helsinki Airport's Facebook page www.facebook.com/helsinkiairport.
Runway 2 closed until 24 September
Renovation of the Helsinki Airport traffic areas started in April and will continue into the autumn. Next, Finavia will renovate taxiway Y from 16 July, which means that Runway 2 will be closed until 24 September. Therefore, when there are westerly and south-westerly winds, there will be more aviation noise in the Kerava direction and less in the Nurmijärvi direction.
The purpose of the renovation is to ensure smooth, effective and safe air traffic at Helsinki Airport.