Run the Runway 5K Against Human Trafficking to be Held at Dubuque Regional Airport

Mar 29, 2021 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque’s Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation, a student organization committed to combatting human trafficking, and the Dubuque Regional Airport will host the third annual Run the Runway 5K Against Human Trafficking on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the airport, 11051 Airport Road. Proceeds will support the fight against human trafficking.

Check-in and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. The run/jog/walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Cost of the event is $15 and includes a T-shirt, food, and water. The online registration deadline is Thursday, April 8, 2021. To register, please visit Participants can register the day of the event; however, the fee increases to $20 and a limited number of T-shirts will be available.

“Run the Runway 5K Against Human Trafficking raises awareness about human trafficking and is an opportunity for people to come together and show support to fight this serious issue. A lot of trafficking happens on airplanes so it’s important to bring attention to that. The event also raises funds to support organizations fighting human trafficking,” said Kira Finifrock, a member of the Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation.

Run the Runway 5K Against Human Trafficking is sponsored by Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation, Alpha Eta Rho – Delta Upsilon Chapter, UD Flight Team, UD Chapter of Women in Aviation, and the Dubuque Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

The event will be held rain or shine, no refunds. Strollers, wagons, and service animals are welcome.

“The Dubuque Regional Airport is proud to partner with the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative. This initiative is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking. The partnership focuses on five key areas and connects transportation stakeholders to available resources on: industry leadership, industry training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis. As many as 24.9 million men, women, and children are held against their will and trafficked into forced labor and prostitution,” said Todd Dalsing, Dubuque Regional Airport Director.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 888.373.7888.

Run the Runway 5K Against Human Trafficking is an open air recreation in the time of COVID-19. The event will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19 precautions. Face coverings and social distancing will be required at check in and, if six feet of social distancing is not able to be maintained, on the runway. Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available.

For more information, please email Kim Hilby, advisor of Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation, at