With sunny fall weather in the forecast and a host of fun activities on tap, the fifth annual 16th District PTA 5K is set for Sunday Oct. 18 on the Legacy Trail. Starting behind Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike, the 1-mile fun run will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the chip-timed 5K Run/Walk at 2:30 p.m. The 16th District PTA encompasses all of Fayette County Public Schools, and the public is welcome to participate in these events. Online registration is open at www.PTA5K.com until midnight Oct. 17 ($25 for adults and $15 for children). Race-day registration will be available on-site starting at noon ($25 for everyone), along with packet pickup for those who pre-registered. At the end, awards will go out to the three fastest overall male and female runners as well as the top three runners in each age group.
Family-friendly activities from Champs, the Lexington Fire Department, Lexington Legends, Lexington Tennis Club, Malibu Jacks, Remix Education, and the YMCA will be set up in the staging area. Healthy snacks will be provided by City BBQ, Noodles and Company, Lexington Farmer’s Market, Better Bites, and Vinaigrette.
Kids Marathon and 5K Training Program participants will celebrate the culmination of several weeks of exercise to prepare for the event. Youngsters have logged a total of 25.2 miles in the weeks leading up to race day. On Oct. 18, participating children will run, jog, walk or wheelchair the final mile of their marathon. The 5K Training Program participants have received coaching resources and gone on group runs at the Beaumont YMCA and North Lexington YMCA.
Thanks to generous sponsors like Baptist Health Healthworx, Bluegrass Orthodontics, Champs, Comfort Heating and Air, Estepp Energy, Five Star Exhaust, Jenny Craig, Justice Group Realty, Lexington Clinic, Malibu Jacks, Passport Health, and XEROX, all of the proceeds from the 5K entry fees go back to the school PTAs and PTSAs for programming such as wellness nights, STEM fairs and literacy initiatives. Chapters have also used the money to invest in technology, playground equipment, and outdoor classrooms.