For the past couple of years Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah has hosted a unique 5K race that benefits a local charity. This year they have a big reason to celebrate – a third weekday round trip flight is being added in just a few weeks.

Runners, joggers and walkers are invited be there on Saturday, November 17 and literally race on the runway! The event will utilize half of the airport's crosswind runway RWT 14/32 and its adjacent taxi way to form a two lap, U-shaped course. Entry fee is $30 for this race, which includes a free long-sleeved T-shirt. Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in classes for both men and women. Free water will be provided

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You will be running or walking in areas of the airport typically only accessible to aircraft with a perspective reserved for pilots and passengers. To add to the unique experience the main runway 4/22 will remain open and active for the event. Hopefully you’ll get to see a few aircraft take off and land during the race.

Gates open for check-in and registration at 7 am with the event beginning at 8 am. Participants and spectators will be parking in the main terminal parking lot. (You will not have to pay for parking for this event.) Awards will be handed out when most, if not all, runners/walkers have completed the course and as soon as times are tabulated.

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The proceeds from this event will benefit the Easter Seals West Kentucky Art Program. You can register online HERE.

Important Things to Note

As this is a working airport, runners won’t have access to the course prior to the event. Any warm-up running can be done in the spectator area adjacent to the course. Organizers ask that you stay confined to the spectator area until the race starts, for safety and security reasons. They’re really serious about this rule and to follow it could lead to a huge fine for a single infraction.

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Easter Seals West Kentucky Art Program

Easter Seals West Kentucky (ESWK) boasts a unique and growing program at their Adult Services Center. For the past 11 years, adult clients have had the opportunity to work closely with art instructors, and Paducah’s Lower Town artists on collaborative pieces.

Through the program, instructor Anthony Woodruff offers those with intellectual or physical disabilities an outlet; a way to focus on their talents and abilities. For those that are wheelchair bound, the art program offers endless opportunities for creativity; for those that are non-verbal or have communicative disorders, the art program gives freedom of thought and expression.