Military Matters

Pensacola International Airport Host Runway 5K Benefiting USO

Hundreds of runners and walkers took off on the Pensacola International Airport runway Dec. 7, for the Seventh Annual Runway 5K benefiting the United Service Organization Northwest Florida.

The 5K is sponsored by Pensacola International Airport and the City of Pensacola. The 5K aims to honor and remember National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day day with a unique and fun run that takes place on the runway. This year’s 5K took place on the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. All proceeds go to USO Northwest Florida, whose mission is to keep local military connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. USO hasn’t determined how much money was raised from the event yet.

“The proceeds are all staying local here in USO NWFL to contribute to our daily programs and supplies and help connect our service members to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation,” USO respondent said.

Pensacola Airport Runway Run 5k Awards


1st HEATHER DELAPIEDRA of Pensacola Beach, FL 00:20:22.79

2nd JESSICA CHAPPELL of Pensacola, FL 00:22:30.06

3rd HANNAH BIRX of Cantonment, FL 00:23:27.40


1st EMMANUEL PAQUET of SAINT ETIENNE, France 00:16:04.14

2nd JORDAN BOYCE of Fort Walton Beach, FL 00:17:39.18

3rd KAI PAYNE of Gulf Breeze, FL 00:18:01.62

Pensacola Airport Runway 5k Walk Awards



2nd DOROTHY TAYLOR of Milton, FL

3rd KIM BROWN of Cantonment, FL


1st RENE MALAISE of Pace, FL

2nd IRA WOODFAULK II of Pensacola, FL

3rd BOB MATHESON of Defuniak Springs