Lufthansa flies in USAF runners for Budapest Runway Run (a race sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways)

The two USAF Base Ramstein runners heading for the Budapest Runway Run: Senior Airman Dustin Dixon, a loadmaster (showing us here how to secure a Hummvee into a C-130) and Technical Sergeant Charles Campbell (far right). is very grateful to Lufthansa and Gábor Antal, Country Manager Hungary, for providing flights for runners from USAF Base Ramstein in Germany to take part in the Budapest Runway Run (a race sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways).

The USAF runners will compete for the “Fastest Military Aviator Prize” – one of nine trophies which will be awarded to airlines, airports and other aviation enterprises including the coveted “Fastest Airline In the World” (previously won by Aer Lingus and SWISS).

Senior Airman Dustin Dixon, and Technical Sergeant Charles Campbell, are both aircraft loadmasters at USAF Base Ramstein with the 37th Airlift Squadron within the 86th Airlift Wing. Ramstein is the headquarters of United States Air Forces in Europe and also its most important transport hub – the 86th Airlift Wing performs the USAF C-130 airlift and airdrop activities throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

TSgt Campbell, from St Louis, Mo, who joined the air force in 2001, is an experienced international runner having completed half marathons in Lisbon, Madrid and Dublin and expects to run the “original marathon” in Athens in November. “From spring through fall I average 40-60 miles a month, although that’s not a lot due to our busy work schedules, I’m still managing the 13.1 mile half marathon distance in well under two hours,” Campbell told

SrA Dixon – a mere 21 – grew up in mid-eastern Indiana running cross-country and track in school and runs about 50-60 miles per month. “I joined the Air Force in 2013 and have been stationed in Germany for about a year and a half. My job has allowed me to travel the world – I’m up to 31 countries – and I always run while doing so.”

This year’s Budapest Runway Run will take place at 11.00 on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L. Around 1,000 runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community will once again compete for a series of Airport “Golden Cake Trophies” including the key team prize of the “The Fastest Airline in the World.”

All entry fees are donated to cancer charities, and other child-focussed good causes – just €50 for the unique experience of running on an active runway of a major airport. Entrants are invited to a post-event barbecue on the terrace of  Budapest Airport’s historic Terminal 1 and also receive an Adidas race shirt, and the finishers’ “Bron’s Medal” named for Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the publisher’s 12-year-old daughter, who passed away in 2011 after a five-year battle with leukaemia. Airport “Golden Cake Trophies” are awarded for:

  • Fastest male/female
  • Fastest Airline Team: “The Fastest Airline in the World”
  • Fastest Airline CEO: male/female
  • Fastest Airport CEO: male/female
  • Fastest Airport Team: “The Fastest Airport in the World”
  • Media: “Fastest Aviation Media Team”
  • Concessionaires: “Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team”
  • Enterprises: “Fastest Aviation Enterprises Team”
  • Military: “Fastest Military Aviator Prize”

Finisher’s Medal: The Bron’s Medal (plus souvenir Adidas technical shirt, and Heinemann gift bag for every entrant)

Register now – Aug 19 unbreakable deadline!!!


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