The St. Louis County Police Department will be partnering with Special Olympics of Missouri, St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), FedEx and other area law enforcement agencies to present STL Day on the Runway.
For the first time ever on Sunday, April 15, the public is invited to spend the day on the airfield at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Special Olympics Missouri. This inaugural, family-friendly event will include a 5K Race and Family Fun Walk, a Plane Pull and a family festival with a variety of attractions and events.
“Special Olympics has a very strong relationship with law enforcement in general, all across the country, called the Law Enforcement Torch run,” said Stacy Koeller, Regional Development Director at Special Olympics Missouri. “It’s a year-long campaign where they raise awareness and funds to support the athletes we serve and our mission, and this is just another example of the longstanding support law enforcement has had with us.”
A press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at St. Louis Lambert International Airport to further discuss the event. It will be in Terminal 1, in the Lower Level across from Starbucks and Pasta House.
STL Day on the Runway is a fundraiser designed to provide participants with a unique experience while raising awareness and money to support individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Special Olympics Missouri.
Special Olympics of Missouri has done other plane pulls across the state, including one at Spirit of St. Louis airport, but none of this magnitude. FedEx is providing one of its Boeing 747s for the event.
“When we decided to kind of resurrect the concept, we wanted to make it a little bigger and have it be more of a community, family-friendly type of an event,” Koeller said. “We thought it would be good to approach Lambert for the event, and they’ve been a great partner at working with us.”
Participants must pay to participate in the Plane Pull and races, but. the family festival is free to everyone upon entry.
Koeller said she expects a good amount of athletes to participate in everything from the 5K to the Plane Pull at the inaugural event.
“I would like to see at least 20 athletes attend and we’d of course love to see as many athletes as we can compete on a plane pull team and participate in the walk and the race,” Koeller said. “They’ll all be asked to be in the event at some level and given the opportunity to be there, because it’s really being designed as a family event that people can come to.”
All proceeds from STL Day on the Runway ensure that more than 6,000 Special Olympics Missouri athletes in the St. Louis community have the opportunity to participate in local and regional activities for little or no cost to them.
To register or for more information about this truly unique community event, visit: https://somo.org/stlday or contact Stacey Koeller of Special Olympics Missouri at (314)961-7755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.