The Weekender: See Santa, Watch A Marathon


Weekend activities on SocialFlight offer holiday fly-ins and even a marathon. Santa will land at the Lapeer Airport in Michigan Saturday. Fly (or drive) in and look to the skies as Santa makes a special appearance at 12:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive in time to see his approach into Lapeer. Bring the little ones for a visit with Santaand enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and a free photo to remember their visit with the jolly ‘ole fellow. Santa’s visit is in support of Toys For Tots. Please help us make Christmas special for children who otherwise would not have gifts to open. For an evening outing, enjoy wine, food, music and a silent auction in Erie, Colorado, at the Spirit of Flight Center. The seventh annual event is a fundraiser for the museum, which displayshistoric aircraft and rare aviation items and artifacts.For tickets, visit

For a warmer weather event to fly into on Saturday, there’s the inaugural Buckeye, Arizona, Race to the Runway Marathon. There will be food trucks for a fee, plus a free egg bar. The event also includes a half marathon and 5K run.All distances will end at the Buckeye Municipal Airport. Many marathons claim to be flat and fast, but how many can say they are downhill and fast! The marathon route features a drop of over 640 feet from start to finish. Proceeds from the race will benefit the City of Buckeye Youth Scholarship Fund, giving kids the opportunity to participate in recreational activities throughout the city.In Fredericksburg, Texas, Pippen-York Avionics will hold an open housefeaturing demonstrations and an ADS-B seminar presented by FreeFlight Systems. The event will be at Gillespie County Airport. For more on these and other events this month, visit SocialFlight.