For the third year, thousands of Central Kentuckians came out to play on the Blue Grass Airport runway.
The event, one of several held all over the state by Get Healthy Kentucky, has become an annual showcase for groups wanting to promote an active lifestyle in a lazy world.
The myriad possibilities — everything from biking and martial arts to chair massages — drew University of Kentucky law student Quinn Michael and his wife, Sharla, who just moved to Kentucky from Mississippi. While Sharla Michael joined the Bikram yoga class on the runway, her husband strolled around with their boxer, Layla.
"We're just trying to jump into as many active things as possible," Quinn Michael said. On Saturday, it was a hike in the Red River Gorge; Sunday, Second Sunday at the airport. "We're real active people."
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The brainchild of Lexington-Fayette Urban County council member Jay McChord and others, Second Sunday proves that Lexington is more into moving than the city gets credit for, McChord said.
"The last two years we've had over 10,000 people each year. In what's deemed the most sedentary city in America we're taking over an airport runway ... and leading the nation in something active," said McChord, referring to the dubious distinction of being named the laziest city in America by Men's Health magazine last year.
The event also served as the torch-lighting kick-off for the upcoming Bluegrass State Games, an annual competition that draws thousands for a wide spectrum of athletic endeavors.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Subway spokesman Jared Fogle lit the flame together.
"We're starting here to keep people active," Grimes said. Then she pointed to the pedometer on her waist. "Get your pedometer today, so you'll know how much you're walking."
For many families, the runway walk has become a repeat event, a once-a-year chance to watch planes take off while you ride, stroll or skate 4,000 feet of flat, straight paved surface. Bicycle bells mingled with the sounds of planes landing and the honking of parked snowplow's horn as kids climbed in and out of the cab.
Participants came on everything on wheels, from strollers to roller skates.
"It's a big undertaking for the airport. There's a lot of logistics for us," said airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill. This year's Second Sunday added an early morning 5K run around the closed Runway 9-27, drawing 375 runners.
For the second year, Bryan and Holly Wiemers of Paris brought their daughter, Ashley, 5, and son, Tyler, 21/2, both on bikes. While the flat runway and the planes were hits, two things stood out as favorites for Tyler: the snowplow and "honking the horn!"