Helsinki Airport staged a mini-Olympic event of its own last night when 35 runners tested their fitness levels by seeing how far they could get along the 3km length of its newly renovated Runway 3 in 12 minutes.
And the winner was someone who is no stranger to the runway, Finnair pilot, Antti Röyskö, who managed to run 3,250m in the allocated time as dictated by the rules of the Cooper Test.
Had he completed the same test in the cockpit of his aircraft, he would have been somewhere over the Baltic Sea!
Finnish rap artist, Signmark, was one of the runners and managed to get 2,920 metres down the runway before being timed out.
“This was a great sporting evening on the runway of a busy airport, on brand new tarmac,” enthused Finavia’s assistant director of Helsinki Airport, Heini Noronen-Juhola.
Between them the runners covered a total of 94,772 metres, and in recognition of their efforts, Finnair has decided to donate their ‘mileage’ points to charity.
“The shiny new asphalt on the renovated runway inspired people to run, so we decided to arrange a fun run for a good cause,” said Finnair’s marketing director, Jarkko Konttinen.
“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.”
The runway re-opens for air traffic on Monday, July 9.