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 Space Fest is May 4, 2013
 Activities include a 1-mile kids' race, 5K fun run
 Pre-registration fee is $20 for each race (until April 13)
Space Fest 2012
Participants get ready for the 5K fun run through a scale-version of the solar system during the 2012 Space Fest at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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5K fun run to take place during Space Fest at museum

Posted 2/14/2013   Updated 4/1/2013 Email story   Print story


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

2/14/2013 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to run in outer space? After a rocket launch kicks things off, participants in the Space Fest "Run the Solar System" Fun Run at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will race through a scale version of the solar system, starting at the sun and passing all the planets, during the 5K run.

The second annual run will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. This year's activities also include a one-mile kids' race, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Pre-registration entry fee for both the 5K run and the kids' race is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt (fee increases to $25 after April 13). Registration forms for both races are available at or at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base fitness centers. Registration also will be offered on the day of the event for $30, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Base access is not required to participate.

Ribbons will be given to all children who participate in the kids' race, and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for the 5K run.

Children and adults of all ages will have an "out-of-this-world" experience during Space Fest as the museum, Dayton Challenger Learning Center and many other organizations offer space-related activities for all ages from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on May 4. In addition to the fun run, visitors will enjoy special appearances by astronauts, a Sun-Gaze and a Star-Gaze with telescopes, a sneak peek into the shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer, aircraft cockpit look-ins, musical performances by area bands, hands-on activities, rocket launches, reduced prices for digital movies and interactive simulators, and much more. (Update as of April 1: Space Fest has been scaled back from its original schedule due to budget reduction requirements related to sequestration, and space-related activities will now be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Admission to most activities is free, although there is a cost associated with the 5K run, as well as discounted fees for movies shown in the museum's digital theatre and to ride the interactive simulators. For up-to-date details about the event, please visit

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information about Space Fest, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-1560 (recording).

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at (937) 255-1283 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division.

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