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Florida International Air Show takes over Punta Gorda Airport

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PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB/SUN NEWSPAPERS) - The Florida International Air Show returns to the Punta Gorda Airport the weekend of Oct. 13-15, and this year's slate includes its first ever 5K, plus promotion of Western Michigan University's new local aviation campus.

The race will navigate runners around an active airport, circling a static display of military, vintage and civilian aircraft before crossing the finish line on the runway.

After the 5K, participants will be taxied to the tarmac for an after-party, featuring live music, food and beer. The race is slated to start at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The cost to register is $55, which includes entry to the 36th Annual Florida International Air Show, a T-shirt — if registered by Sept. 15 — medal and access to entertainment before and after the race.

Still on the same property, the air show has moved slightly to accommodate the growth of Allegiant Air at PGD.

The event — ranked by USA Today as one of the best in the nation — doesn't disrupt airport operations. This year's show features multiple performers including U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight team, Air National Guard 138th Fighter Wing, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Wayne Boggs (Air Boss) and Don Stamp's Warbird Review.

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For more information about the air show, visit floridaairshow.com. Florida International Air Show Organization is a nonprofit entity that, according to its website, has distributed $2.9 million to Southwest Florida working charities.

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