The numbers are, quite simply, amazing.
Metropolitan Atlanta is home to more than 5 million people, is growing non-stop, and hosts the headquarters of more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies.
More than 96 million people a year travel through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which means that, on a daily basis, ATL hosts approximately 250,000 travelers. That’s more than the population of Orlando, Providence, or Winston-Salem traveling through the busiest and most efficient airport in the world every single day.
Delta Air Lines, with its 1,000 daily flights from just Atlanta, travels to 326 destinations in 59 countries and employs more than 80,000 people worldwide.
Impressive, on all counts.
For every Fortune 500 company that calls Atlanta home, for every flight out of Hartsfield-Jackson, for every Delta ticket sold, there are countless Atlantans who are critical in keeping our region on a strong growth trajectory.
One of our region’s most important partners is United Way of Greater Atlanta, which invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties. As one of the largest United Way chapters in the United States, it has an annual budget of $100 million.
Offering such assistance does not come easily: it takes time, effort and money. The City of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson, and Delta Air Lines are stepping up to provide such resources. On October 17th, the Mayor’s Inaugural 5K on the 5th Runway will be held at Hartsfield-Jackson, with all proceeds to benefit United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Far from being a typical 5K race, this will give runners and walkers a chance to step out on a course usually traveled only by aircraft – the 5th Runway at Hartsfield-Jackson. The runway will be closed early that Saturday morning to allow participants the chance to set a new personal record, run with friends, or simply walk along a runway most Atlantans drive under while motoring down I-285.
A true collaborative effort, The Mayor’s Inaugural 5K on the 5th Runway proves just how well organizations such as the City of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson, and Delta Air Lines can work together to benefit Atlanta’s residents while also raising much-needed funds for United Way of Greater Atlanta.
You, too, can join forces and raise resources by registering to run or walk in the Mayor’s Inaugural 5K on the 5th Runway. Follow the link, register, and join The City of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Delta Air Lines as we show how business, government and philanthropy can succeed together. Tinyurl.com/mayors5k
Miguel Southwell is the aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.