The major fundraiser put on by Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) each year is the “PTI Run on the Runway.”

This is an event orchestrated by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority and airport staff.  Despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus, the airport put on a highly successful event that will provide food and other help to some local organizations that really need it right now.

The 2021 version of the runway run, thanks to all the participants and their sponsors, managed to raise over $124,000 for area charities that address hunger.  The airport announced the total amount raised on Friday, Oct. 8.

This was the 12th annual PTI 5K/10k Run on the Runway. At the event, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 18, more than 900 runners competed in a variety of runs and walks, including a 5K run, a 10K run, a mile run/walk, a 5K “Walk to Win Against Hunger” and a kids’ dash.

Over 60 sponsors donated cash and in-kind services for the run that’s extremely appreciated every year by the charities it supports.  Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks and other non-profits have had trouble getting food to give to those who need it.

Proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Greensboro Urban Ministry and Open Door Ministries of High Point – all of which provide food assistance to local residents.

The Lenny Peters Foundation and Bethany Medical were the presenting sponsors for the 2021 run.

Ilderton Dodge and Airport Employees were Diamond Sponsors, and Archer Western, High Point University, Honda Aircraft Company, HAECO Americas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, NAI Piedmont Triad, Blue Ridge Companies and Volvo and Volvo Financial Services were all Platinum sponsors.

Media partners for the run were WGHP Fox 8, Fairway, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Rock 92 and WKZL.