Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of event participants, vendors, aircraft and airport operations, the 2018 Dulles Day Festival, Plane Pull and 5K/10K race, scheduled for this Saturday, September 15, are canceled this year and will not be rescheduled.
A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia, and severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence is expected to impact the region this week.
Event organizers will contact registered Plane Pull teams and 5K/10K runners with further instructions. Now in its 26th year, the annual Plane Pull event benefits Special Olympics Virginia and athletes with intellectual disabilities. While the event this year is cancelled, donations can still be made to Special Olympics Virginia.
The cancellation of the event is not an indication of airline cancellations. Passengers are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and to contact their airlines for flight status.
About the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates the U.S. Capital Region’s gateways to the nation and the world, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as the Dulles Airport Access Highway, the Dulles Toll Road and construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail public transit system through northern Virginia. A record 46.6 million passengers passed through the two airports in 2017.
About Special Olympics Virginia
Special Olympics Virginia is an accredited state program of Special Olympics Incorporated. Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day, around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Visit us at specialolympicsva.org. Engage with us on Twitter @solympicsva; Facebook; Instagram @specialolympicsva and YouTube.