The third annual Festival D’Avion will return to the Moore County Airport April 17-18, 2020, introducing a unique 5K run/walk to a long list of special activities and exhibits.  

The 5K will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18, with the run route including the airport grounds, tarmac area and down and back the entire length of the airport runway. 

The race entry fee includes a ticket to the day and a half-long Festival D’Avion, which kicks off Friday evening with a celebration concert featuring the ultimate Eagles tribute band, On The Border. 

In addition to the 5K, Saturday has a full day of scheduled activities, including special aircraft, classic car and truck exhibits, scheduled fly-overs, Warbird displays, precision jump team exhibitions, helicopter and biplane tours and planned entertainment throughout the day.

Registration for the Runway 5K can be found at: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Carthage/FestivaldAvionRunway5k

The entry fee for the run is $30, which includes entry into the race, a complimentary ticket to the Festival D’Avion ,including the Friday night concert, and a commemorative t-shirt.  The run fee will increase to $35 after Dec. 31, 2019 and will be $40 for those runners who wish to register the day of the event. A special $20 student rate is being offered to students 18 years old and under. Trophies will be awarded for the first overall male and female winner. Medals will be awarded for the top male and female winners in each age category: 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.

The Festival D’Avion is a celebration of freedom and flight, which was created to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

All five branches of the military have been approved for participation in the festival and will provide a variety of static aircraft and military equipment displays.

The renown Bandit Flight Team will perform aerial formation fly-overs during the event and will also have their aircraft on display throughout the day. A variety of food and beverage options will be available from area and regional food trucks, craft beer breweries and North Carolina wineries.

Run packet pick-up, including the Festival D’Avion ticket, will be on Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Moore County Airport.  The race day agenda is:

7 a.m. — Race day registration and Packet Pick-up (Moore County Airport)

7:45 a.m. — Race day registration closes

8 a.m. — Race starts

9:30 a.m. — awards ceremonies

10 a.m. — Festival D’Avion gates open

“The Moore County Airport is pleased to host the annual Festival D’Avion at our facility, and we are excited to have the inaugural Runway 5K as part of this unique event,” said Airport Manager Ron Maness.  “The festival showcases our airport and facilities to the community and out of town visitors, and we are honored to recognize the men and women who serve and protect our country through this event.”

“Our goal for the Festival D’Avion is to make the event better every year,” added Peter Stilwell, co-founder of the festival.  “There are many active runners and walkers in our community, and the airport provides a very distinctive type of venue for a race/walk.  It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to run up and down an airport runway.”

Tickets for the Festival went on sale Nov. 1 and will be available online www.festivaldavion.com and at several local outlets in the community. The Children of Fallen Heroes and Young Life in the Sandhills are the partner charities for the Festival D’Avion.

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