Ontario Airport hosted a 5k Run/Walk Saturday morning. Participants had the opportunity to run or walk three laps tarmac with planes taking off and landing in the background. The event was held at the National Guard Hangar on the southside of the airport. Proceeds raised from the event benefited the U.S.O. After the main 5k run/walk event, a family event was held on a smaller course.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate five years of local control of Ontario Airport. The city of Ontario and county of San Bernardino reclaimed the airport from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in 2016. LAWA runs LAX, Van Nuys airports and a property in Palmdale. LAWA controlled Ontario airport for twenty years.
“It’s a great exercise, great time to get family together, but more important than anything else, we’re raising money for the U.S.O. which supports those that support us,” said Airport Authority President Alan Wapner.
A giant UPS cargo plane and vintage bomber planes were also on display. Ontario Police also brought out their patrol helicopter and the fire department had a couple of firetrucks on display including their airport response truck capable of spraying over 1500 gallons of water.