June 14, 2014 2:27 pm

Calgary airport celebrates opening of new runway

The Calgary Airport Authority welcomes more than 10,000 people to the opening of Canada’s longest runway this weekend.

The new runway is part of the Calgary International Airport’s $2 billion redevelopment program.

The new runway will be the longest in Canada at 14-thousand feet in length and 200 feet wide and will be able to land the world’s largest aircraft.

To celebrate, the Airport Authority will hold a two day event.

Saturday 1400 Calgarians will take part in a fun run as part of the weekend long festival called Run and Roam the Runway. It’s the only opportunity for people to walk the runway before it opens to traffic June 28th.

Participants can run the entire length of the runway and back at 8.4 kilometres or take part in a five kilometer fun run.

The festival continues Sunday, with 10,000 people expected for Father’s Day.

The runway is a 600 million project and coincides with the opening of Calgary’s airport tunnel that connects Barlow trail to 36th street NE.

 

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