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Press release

Over one million dollars raised since 2007

September 22, 2018

TORONTO – More than 2,500 community members—participants, volunteers, sponsors and partners—gathered this morning on one of Canada’s busiest runways for Toronto Pearson’s annual Runway Run, a fun, one-of-a-kind 5K run and 2K walk raising funds for Propeller Project, Toronto Pearson’s signature community investment program. Now in its 11th year, the event raised $100,000 for local non-profit organizations working to provide employment support in neighbourhoods around the airport.

“Toronto Pearson is more than just your airport, we’re your neighbour,” said Robyn Connelly, Director, Community Relations at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Eleven years and running, we’ve opened up our runway to provide experienced race-goers and families alike with the unique opportunity to run alongside aircraft and get behind the scenes at Canada’s largest airport. We are grateful to our sponsors, including our title sponsors Coca-Cola and Air Canada, our volunteers and participants who have joined together to make the 2018 event a success for the continued benefit of the community.”

Taking place on Runway 06R-24L, thousands took part in the event for the chance to run or walk alongside aircraft and experience incredible views from the unique vantage point of the runway, which measures 9000 feet by 200 feet and was sectioned off in a 5K loop for the event. Throughout the morning, participants experienced the people, equipment and animals that contribute to the safe operation of the airport.

Approximately 30,000 people have participated in the Runway Run since its inception in 2007, helping to raise more than one million dollars for Propeller Project partner organizations, including ACCES Employment and MABELLEarts, focused on helping area residents gain the skills, connections and opportunities they need to be meaningfully employed. In 2017 alone, 67,000 people received programming through projects funded by the Propeller Project.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 47 million passengers in 2017, making it Canada's largest airport and the second-busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada. The airport facilitates 6.3% per cent of Ontario's GDP, directly employs 49,000 people and facilitates more than 300,000 jobs throughout the province of Ontario. Toronto Pearson believes that being a good neighbour means growing together with the communities it serves. To this end, the airport invests in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

For more information please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Contact: GTAA Media Office | media.relations@gtaa.com | (416) 776-3709

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