Iron Mom started in 2011 and has steadily grown over the years. This year’s race will begin at Water & Jefferson Street, Paducah, at 7:00am on May12. Iron Mom is probably the largest ever fits type in our area. Last year there were 700 runners and organizers are hoping to have an even bigger turn out this year.
The event raised $20,000 in its initial year and has progressively added about $5,000 each year to its fundraising efforts. Proceeds go to support the Family Service Society (FSS) - an organization that serves as a resource in times crisis to the people of Paducah/McCracken County.
Family Service Society has been meeting the challenge of serving our community since 1927. FSS services include assistance with food, clothing, utilities, medications, dental, eyeglasses, household goods, personal hygiene items and Christmas food. This event is sponsored by Lourdes/Mercy Health.
Another Mother Runner
The half marathon is on a loop course with both the start and finish in downtown Paducah. This year’s route is the same as in years past and features start/finish on Jefferson, between Water & 2nd. Runners will be right in front of the “Wall to Wall” murals at the Ohio River.
The course offers an opportunity for runners to enjoy Paducah’s beautiful neighborhoods and continues to showcase Paducah by running along Jefferson Street, through the Greenway Trail, Bob Noble Park, and historic downtown and Lower Town.
All finishers of the half marathon will receive a custom medal. Relay finishers will receive a keychain medal. The top three overall male and female, and the top three master’s male and female will all receive individual awards. There will also be awards for the top three in 10 year age groups and in teams: Top three 2-person teams, 4-person teams in open division, top female only 2-person team and top female only 4-person team.
Walkers are welcome but must be able to keep an 18-minute-mile pace to complete the half marathon. There is a four hour course limit. Roads will reopen and the course will not be supported past 11 am. Walkers/Runners on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals.
Packet Pick Up
Runners can pick up their packets on Friday, May 11 from 10am - 6pm at the Paducah Convention Center (lobby/foyer area) located at 1 Executive Blvd.
Help a Mother Out
If you would like to be a part of the event, please complete and submit the Iron Mom volunteer form. The success of this event is credited to the outstanding efforts of the volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help at the packet pick-up on Friday night as well as during the race on Saturday. Various volunteer duties include water stations, traffic coordination, cheering stations, etc. Coordinators guarantee volunteering at this event will inspire you.
Not running? Watch & win a prize!
The race is always better when there’s a crowd to cheer you on. Spectator groups are encouraged to be there and make the Iron Mom a fun event for the runners. Remember that groups must officially register to be eligible for prizes. There is no fee for spectators. A $300 cash grand prize will be given for Best Overall Group at the awards ceremony after the race.
While you’re there…
Runners and spectators will get to experience some of Paducah's culture near the Start/Finish at Paducah’s Farmers' Market. Vendors will be selling many homegrown products, made right here in our region, including produce, baked goods, soap, and other artisan goods. Iron Mom will also have a booth set up on Jefferson Street facing the Farmers’ Market with race merchandise. There will be food vendors such as Burrito Shack. You can even get a treat at the Paducah Bank Wow ice cream truck!