Bikes to take over runway

It’s the one day of the year bikes replace planes on the runway at Rotorua Airport – and it’s again set to attract a big crowd.

Family favourite Ride the Runway will take place on Sunday (November 3) with a range of activities on site including the opportunity to bike on the runway, the mascot challenge, music, activity and entertainment areas and food and drinks.

Organiser Mark Leishman says the event is totally unique and is always a family favourite, offering a free morning’s entertainment that is accessible to everyone.

Mr Leishman says one important change this year is that ID will be required at registration. Anyone 18 or older will need to have photographic ID, while anyone under 18 will need an accompanying adult, with ID, to register them.

“Ride the Runway is a loved Rotorua event and it’s great to be bringing it back again for a fifth time. This event is one that anyone can turn up to and be a part of, and that makes it really special.”

Rotorua Airport chief executive, Mark Gibb says the event is a great way for the community to enjoy the airport in a totally unique way.

“Having more than a thousand people head onto the runway of an airport with their bikes creates some logistical issues, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mr Gibb says Rotorua Airport’s vision is to be a uniquely Rotorua hub the community can be proud of – and the event gives people a fun opportunity to visit the airport for what can only be described as a uniquely Rotorua reason.

“For one morning, planes are replaced with bikes of all shapes and sizes as young and old enjoy the opportunity to see a different side of the airport.”

Mr Gibb says the event is a way to give back to the community which supports the airport.

Gates will open from 8.15am, giving people the chance to register and have their bikes checked ahead of getting to ride the runway from 9.45am.


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