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Paducah is home to many bike lovers and many beautiful bike trails. It’s also the home of some really hot and steamy summer weather and so, in 2014 the Moonlight Bike Ride was born. As well as being a fun family night out it's a fundraising event for Paducah Cooperative Ministry. iLove It when I can enjoy a late-night ride while supporting a great local cause.

Herb Appeal is an annual luncheon and lecture hosted by the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners. This year the event has a garden tea party theme and the tasty foods have a sweet connection. They have all been specially selected to tantalize taste buds and tempt diners to grow their own. Sweets and tea? iLove It!

Western Kentucky boasts an abundance of artistic individuals - many with a secret desire for their “five minutes of fame”! Naturally, we have a talent show right here in our backyard! Can you juggle four pumpkins at once, impersonate the sound of 1000 bees, sing higher than Steven Tyler, or paint a portrait of Mona Lisa with your toes? Whatever your skill, you’re invited to share – it’s time for the McCracken County Talent Contest at The RIFF and iLoveit!

Each year as a way to give back to the community, the Leadership Paducah class selects a community project to benefit a local, non-profit, Chamber member. This year's project is Saving the Silver Screen, presented by Leadership Paducah Class 31. It’s on June 9 and will feature  the ever popular Big Bang Dueling Pianos. iSupport banging the ivories to support the Columbia!

On June 9, renowned musicians and visual artists will perform to benefit the Marshall Strong Rotary Fund. Noon to Midnight: Rock for a Cause will help families affected by the shooting at Marshall County High School. It’s at Paducah Beer Werks and will feature a string of concerts from 10 different musical groups and solo artists. iLove It when a community comes together and raises money for local families!

The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) is a regional two-day celebration of art, music, food, beer and wine all from a 350 mile radius of Paducah. Its all happening this weekend on May 18 & 19. But the fun starts early and you can play until its late. The kick-off and after parties are shaping up to be one heck of a good time! iLove It when I can party all weekend long at LTAMF!

Paducah Iron Mom 2018

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 Welcome

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.

For more information and to sign up to be a volunteer or spectator, visit paducahironmom.com or contact Amy Nolan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270.443.4838.

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!

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