Naval Aviation Museum Foundation hosts 2nd annual Onward & Upward Virtual Race

Special to the NWF Daily News/USA TODAY NETWORK

PENSACOLA — The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is hosting their second annual Onward & Upward virtual race experience this fall.

Open to participants nationwide, the Onward & Upward Virtual Race registration portal opened Oct. 1 and the race will continue through Oct. 31.

Participants in the 2021 Onward & Upward virtual race benefitting the Naval Aviation Museum will be able to share their photos, route and other information on social media.


A virtual race allows participants to choose the distance, time and place to complete the race, which is open to participants of all ages. They can register online for the one-mile, 5K or 10K distance for a $35 registration fee.

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All participants will receive a 4.5” spinning Blue Angels 75th Anniversary race medal spotlighting some of the team’s historic aircraft.

The virtual race includes the spinning race medal, digital race bib and a charitable donation to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

“We were thrilled with the success of the 2020 Onward & Upward virtual race and the impressive participation from over 500 racers from around the world,” said retired Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, president and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. “We’re excited to celebrate 75 years of our Blue Angels and aviation excellence.”

Kenneth J. Concilio of Pensacola is one of the runners participating in the 2021 Onward & Upward virtual race this October.

Part of every registration supports the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, which helps preserve the National Naval Aviation Museum’s rare and unique collection of aircraft and exhibits.

The race supports naval aviation history and honors our nation’s heroes, including servicemen and servicewomen. The foundation is encouraging participants nationwide to use #OnwardUpward and @navalaviationmuseum on social media to share photos, running courses and stories of participation, as well as those being honored.

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is the nonprofit, 501(c)(3), sole benefactor to the National Naval Aviation Museum and the fuel that allows the museum to take flight. The foundation is responsible for funding all museum operation, expansion and activity.

This medal will be presented to participants in the Onward & Upward virtual race, which benefits the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

All funding, aside from foundation staffing and operational costs, goes to the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the museum, including museum expansion, aircraft preservation, conservation and maintenance, development of new exhibits and support of day to day functions. The foundation also supports the advancement of STEM education through the National Flight Academy, a cutting edge, aviation-themed learning experience.