PRESS RELEASE - 2 Mile Salute to Veterans Run on Meacham Field Announced
CWR 08 Video Clip
Cowtown Warbird Roundup Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2 Mile Salute to Veterans Run on Meacham Field Announced.
FORT WORTH , TX – May 5, 2008. The Fort Worth Veteran’s Memorial Air Park has set May 30th and 31st as the dates for this year’s 5th annual Cowtown Warbird Roundup (CWR). This year’s theme is “A Salute to Our Veterans Past, Present and Future.”
As part of the activates, the Veteran’s Memorial Air Park , in partnership with the Fort Worth Department of Aviation, will conduct a 2 mile run on Meacham Field Taxiways and Runway. This rare opportunity for runners and joggers will take place as part of the opening activities of this year’s Cowtown Warbird Roundup on Saturday, May 31st at 11:00 AM. This event will be strictly limited to the first 100 runners who register on line at www.cwr08.com. This is not a race, but will be conducted as a “fun run” to give local runners and walkers an opportunity to run on the grounds of the airport along taxiways, near visiting airplanes, over runways and around hangars and other airport facilities.
Registration is on line at the Cowtown Warbird Roundup since and costs $15.00. Participants will receive a specially designed t-shirt and a parking pass to park on airport property, just off West Long Avenue. Check in will begin at 1000 Saturday morning when the gates open.
Before the run, a “Thunder Run” will be conducted on Meacham Field by the Patriot Guard Riders, followed by a skydiving appearance by local personality Dana Bowman. Dana, a spokesman for the 019Foundations/America’s Huey, will be the starter the run. The Patriot Guard Riders will then form an honor guard for runners as they finish the run on the runway.
Like previous years, this event will include 50+ classic to current military warbirds flying in to Meacham Field for the weekend. New this year will be antique aircraft from around the area and many other activities to attract people from all over the Metroplex.
After the run, other activities will take place. The public will be treated to a variety of “briefings” on subjects such as History of Aviation in Fort Worth, the 019Foundations and it’s Snowball Express and Wounded Warriors iBot program, a documentary movie premiere of “One Tough Ride, the OV-10 Bronco Story.” by Jami Clayman and other subjects. There will also by activities for children in the Kids Korner with a bounce house, face painter, balloon artist, train and climbing wall. Warbird and airplane rides will be available too.
Cowtown Warbird Roundup is open to the public and admission is free. A $10.00 parking charge is required for close in parking on the airport off West Long Street.
We will again have many local non-profit groups and aviation related vendors in our Expo area inside the Vintage Flying Museum Hangar. Refreshments and aviation related collectibles and gifts items will be available. Activities for children are also planned.
A media day is planned for Friday May 30th. Gates will open Friday to the public to see the military aircraft arrivals and the Expo. Local schools will also be invited to attend as a Field Day event.
This annual event is an opportunity for our local community to meet flight crews and inspect warbirds close up. It is also an opportunity for visitors to meet veteran’s and learn first hand from the people who are making personal sacrifices to defend our freedom today.
Many local nonprofit organizations will be participating in the indoor exposition center. Last year, visitors were able to learn about groups such as the 091 Foundation/America’s Huey group and its Wounded Warriors iBot program to assist severely wounded veterans, B-36 Peacemaker Museum and its efforts to establish a Fort Worth aviation history museum, Texas Veteran’s Commission, Quiet Aircraft Association, 911 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, the Marine Corps League and many others.
The Fort Worth Veteran’s Memorial Air Park operates the OV-10 Bronco Readyroom and the Forward Air Controller’s Museum. Proceeds from this event will help these groups fund various educational programs including aircraft restorations. The program goals are to inspire our community’s young people to careers in aviation or the military.
Sponsors of this year’s CWR include: American Airlines - Official Airline of the Cowtown Warbird Roundup, Bell Helicopter Textron, GEICO, Rosa’s Café, AeroVents.com, City of Fort Worth Aviation Dept, TPG Capital, Phazar Flight Support, EZ Go Golf Carts, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sandpiper Aviation, TNT Sports Page, KRLD 1080 New Radio, US Foods, Panda Embroidery, XTO Energy, Inc., Mortiz Chevrolet, Thornhill Nissan, Moritz Chrysler Jeep, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet and Mac Churchill Acura.
The Fort Worth Veteran’s Memorial Air Park, OV-10 Bronco Association and the Forward Air Controller’s Museum are all non-profit 501(c)3 organizations dedicated to the preservation of historic combat aircraft and other aspects of military aviation. In addition, these groups strive to inspire youth to careers in aviation and provide various educational opportunities to the general public. Donations may be made directly to any of these organizations at 505 NW 38th Street , Hangar 33 South, Fort Worth , TX 76106 .