Midway Fly Away 5k

Join us on Sunday, September 16th, 2018, as Special Olympics Chicago will be hosting the 6th Annual "Midway Fly Away 5k" at Midway Airport. Everyone is welcome, as children 10 and under are eligible to participate in "The Midway Miler". In conjunction with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines, this fundraiser will support over 7,500 Special Olympics athletes throughout Chicago. 

As a Midway Fly Away 5k participant, you will have the unique opportunity to run/walk directly on the airfield, while planes continuously take off and land! The winner will be awarded two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to fly anywhere in the continental United States (must be 18 years of age). Other raffle and cash prizes will also be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group category. 

Fun for the whole family! Bring friends, family, and children to enjoy face painters and balloon artists. Souvenir merchandise, food, and refreshments will also be available for purchase. Please note: Strollers and wagons, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are NOT allowed on the race site. No backpacks allowed. 

This is an extraordinary experience that grants you the opportunity to support athletes of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities within your community. Celebrate 50 years of inclusion, competition, and joy with us- register for the Midway Fly Away 5k today!

Race Day Details: 


Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Start Times:
Midway Fly Away 5k (Adults & Children): 9 A.M. 
The Midway Miler: 10 A.M.
Midway Airport, Southwest Airlines Hangar
5035 West 55th Street 
Chicago, IL 60638

Free Parking available for all participants in the Midway Airport Economy Parking Lot, located at 5050 West 55th Street. Shuttles will be running until 8:30 A.M. 

If you are taking public transportation (Orange Line) to the event, a yellow van will be transporting you to and from the Southwest Airlines Hangar. Please arrive no later than 8:15 A.M. for pickup. 

Gear Check:
Gear check will be available onsite. Please make sure you arrive promptly to drop off and pickup your items. 

Packet Pickup:
Online registration will close on Saturday, September 15th at 11:59pm. You can register online & onsite at the Packet Pickup locations. On Race Day, you can pick up your bib and/or register online, although we do advise coming to one of the alternate Packet Pickup sites for an expedited process.  Please see the Packet Pickup dates and locations below: 

Friday, September 14th
Running Excels
10328 S Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643

Saturday, September 15th
Hale Park
6258 W. 62nd St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Sunday, September 16th
Midway Airport, Southwest Airlines Hangar
5035 W 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60638

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT? - Contact Nathalie Hill (nathalie.hill@sochicago.org) or Pam Munizzi (pamunizzi@cps.edu). Feel free to call our office at (312) 527-3743. 


Online registration is officially closed. You can still register for the Midway Fly Away 5k on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 from 7am-8:30am (Race Start) at Midway Airport. Reminder: There is a $50 commitment fee to participate, which secures your t-shirt and bib for the race. We are still accepting online donations until October 1st, 2018. Thank you for participating and joining us for the 2018 Midway Fly Away 5k event for Special Olympics Chicago!