On the afternoon of 8 May, the airport is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a special run on the tarmac where you can participate!
Imagine running a 10k race on an active runway?
The joy of running on an airport runway has now come to India.
It will take place on a Tuesday afternoon which is when the airport will be closed for its weekly scheduled maintenance. Frequent fliers to and from the city will know that every Tuesday, the Bengaluru airport is closed between 12:30 to 3pm for maintenance and clean-up, and flights are not scheduled in this time period.
The airport has the DGCA approval for this run. Special airport entry passes will be handed out to selected participants only, and because this isn't a spectator event, the highly secure zone will not permit family and friends of the chosen runners.
Can the victors look forward to any prizes? "Not really. It is basically about the joy of being associated with a run like this, because it's never happened before (in India). It's just aspirational to be a part of it. Because the airport is restricted to people who are travelling".
Organised by BIAL (Bengaluru International Airport Limited), the runway race is the first of its kind for an Indian airport, although such events have taken place at other major airports around the world, including New York’s JFK and London Heathrow.
There are certain qualifiers, of course. Registrations close on 30 April. When you sign up, make sure to submit details of past races that you have run. Do note that only 100 participants will be selected, and you must be 18 years or older to qualify. Also note that the race starts at 12.45pm and ends at 2.15pm.
For the full list of terms and conditions, and to register, visit the website. Good luck!