It’s 5K season here in Owensboro, and two unique 5Ks are both happening on Saturday, April 25th. First, the Owensboro Police Department is hosting their annual “Run from the Cops 5K” at 8:30am, starting and ending at the Owensboro Police Department (222 E. 9th St.)
Public Information Officer Michael Hathaway said the Run from the Cops 5K was initiated to help raise funds for the specialty units within the Owensboro Police Department. “We also wanted it to be a fun event not only for serious runners, but runners and walkers of all ability levels. We encourage participants to wear costumes, which adds to the fun.” Last year, there were several runners and walkers dressed as cops and robbers along the route.
Run from the Cops coincides with the department’s Public Awareness Day, which features behind the scenes tours, K-9 demonstrations, vehicle displays, inflatables, and free food from 10am-2pm in the OPD parking lot. Registration information can be found at www.owensboro.org/police, or you can register in person at the Owensboro Police Department.
At 6:30 that same night, one of Owensboro’s only evening 5Ks, The Roman Run, takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (4029 Frederica St). The Roman Run is a shoe-chip-timed event with a post-race meal and medal presentations for each age group. There is also a “team spirit award,” a traveling trophy given to the best dressed team or most festive family, but you’ll have to beat the defending champs, “The Toga Ladies,” to get it!
The Roman Run is a fundraiser for Lourdes Family Ministry. Drew Hardesty, Director of Religious Education at Lourdes, says the idea began as a fun thing for parishioners to do together as a family. “Several of us did the ‘Couch-to-5K’ training program a few years ago, and it grew from there. The Family Life Committee puts it on and our Knights of Columbus provides the meal. All ages are welcome, even strollers.”
Online registration is available at www.lourdescatholicchurch.com or you can stop by the parish offices to register.