The runway 3 is over three kilometres long, so running track was for most more than sufficient, even in one direction as Cooper test’s 12 minutes passed. Over 50 runners from various Finavia’s units ran in a cheerful mood their own performance as part of the exercise challenge.
The idea for the event came from Finavia’s own recreation club when the news about the runway renovation spread out. Different units worked seamlessly together to create a memorable sport event.
“We want to encourage our staff in an active lifestyle. We work continuously for our personnel’s well-being in various ways”, says HR Director Kaarina Soikkanen.
Finavia is participating in The Finnish Olympic Committee's "Finland’s most active workplace" -project. Long-term cooperation with Olympic Committee helped to get Finnish athlete, skier Sami Jauhojärvi to run in the event as a "rabbit" for Finavia's staff.
“You can be proud of yourself for taking up this challenge. Exercise is the best insurance for retirement that one can take!” said Jauhojärvi to the other runners after the Cooper’s test.
The renovation work of runway 3 will last till 6 September. After that the runway is again in normal air traffic use.