Sydney Airport's Runway Run to raise money for children's cancer research

Sydney Airport’s annual Family Runway Run will return in November to raise money for cancer research.

The event, which will provide the rare and unique opportunity to run on one of the airports runways, will be held on November 25.

It’s part of the airport’s six-week long Community Christmas Giving Appeal, which raised more than $400,000 last year and $1.4 million over the last six years.

A 100-metre dash for children, a 500-metre fun run, a one kilometre competitive run, and a relay will be held on the day for runners of all ages and abilities.

This year the event has expanded to include food, entertainment, and family activities.

All proceeds from the day will go towards event partner Cure Cancer Australia – a charity which supports cancer research.

Cure Cancer Australia CEO Nikki Kinloch said the event is a great opportunity to raise critically important funds.

“The money raised as a result of last year’s appeal has provided a two-year research grant to children’s cancer researcher Dr Orazio Vittorio,” she said.

More than 9.6 million people around the world died from cancer last year – a number which Kinloch and Cure Cancer Australia is hoping will decline.

“This year we hope to raise even more money so that we can continue to fund bright young cancer researchers who dedicate their lives to making this the last generation to die from cancer,” she said.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the event is a unique opportunity to raise money and interact with the airport.

“The Runway Run is a great way for the community to rally together each year to support a great cause while also having a fantastic day enjoying a one-of-a-kind airfield experience,” he said.