People are familiar with driving on a parkway and parking in a driveway, but going for a run on the runway is a novel experience for most.

On Sept. 30, as many as 300 people will get to do just that when the annual Don Scott Trot: A 5K on the Runway returns to the Ohio State University Airport in northwest Columbus.

The race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from the $35 pre-race day registration fee, which goes up to $40 the day of the event, benefit aviation youth education programs at the airport.

To register, go online to allsportsraces.com/don-scott-trot-5k.html

Although the Don Scott Trot, which is named for the All-America athlete at OSU who died in a bomber crash in England during World War II, is limited to 300 participants, airport Outreach Specialist Cindy Overly said slots are still available.

"Normally people wait until closer to the event to see how the weather is going to be," she said. "It is more of a recreational race, although it is an official 5K that's been measured and will be timed properly."

The race, Overly said, draws a unique crowd of runners.

"We get a lot of people in the community who love airplanes, who love the Ohio State Airport," she said.

"Maybe they have people who are connected with aviation somehow. It's a really unique experience to be allowed to run on a taxiway. It's also a nice course."

The first plane to use what is now the OSU Airport off West Case Road, landed Nov. 5, 1942. That means this year's Don Scott Trot also will be part of celebrating the facility's 75th anniversary, Overly said.

Special medals and T-shirts for race participates will commemorate the milestone.

The runway run has in years past has been held in conjunction with an open house at the airport, but that won't be the case this year because major construction projects are underway at the facility, Overly said.

New hangars and a new terminal are being built, said Doug Hammon, airport director.

"From what I understand it's on schedule," he said. "They're doing the foundation work right now."

The superstructure for the new terminal should rise out of the ground by mid-October, Hammon said.

"Around that time people will actually start to see a building form," he said. "It's kind of exciting."

Major construction at a place such as the airport is made all the more complicated, Hammon said, because the facility continues to be used throughout the project.

"Obviously we have to keep the services going," Hammon said.

"Some of the building that will ultimately be down we still have. The admin building we still have ... but we won't take this down until the new building is up."

The major disruption so far, has been relocating fixed-base operations. Those operations have been moved to a modular structure, Hammon said.

Given that the building the operations were in dated to the airport's opening, the modular structure represented something of an upgrade, he said.

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