Several events planned to get walkers and runners involved

March 10, 2019 | 3:00 am

Updated March 9, 2019 | 10:43 am

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Drivers in Owensboro may have noticed more runners out on the roads, even during this especially frigid and wet winter. Local running groups have been pushing for more members and even creating slogans to get Owensboro out and active. With several spring events planned for the Owensboro running community, expect to see even more adults and children out training once the weather gets better.

Rain or shine, Project Rise meets at the riverfront every Thursday at 5:29 a.m. Touting the motto “Just Show Up” and highlighting the morning’s participants on social media, exercise enthusiasts gather to exercise at their own pace — and be celebrated. The group just celebrated their two-year anniversary on March 7.

Legends hosts a Tuesday Night Run at 5:30 p.m.where runners of all paces complete a run/walk and often there are companies there to allow runners to demo products.

Balance Health + Body Midtown has created a new program, CardiYo-Ga, which adds running into their mix of classes. Beginning at the Midtown location,  participants will stretch then walk/jog/run to Legends for some  yoga with Moore Yoga. More information is available on their Facebook pages.

With the inaugural Wendell Foster Half Marathon coming to Owensboro March 23, race sponsors created a series of training runs that leave from Legends every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and follow a predetermined mileage course. There are pacers for the run and a downloadable guide on the race webpage. Registration for the half is still open and information about the race, including registration, is available here.

Puzzle Pieces is bringing the ColorBlast 5K for the 7th year on March 16 at 8 a.m. at Moreland Park. Touted as a fun run/walk, registration is available here.

Owensboro Community and Technical College is hosting the 32nd Annual Grant Talbott 5K. On April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Information about the race can be found here.

On May 4 at 9 a.m., Sutton Elementary School is hosting the Sutton Derby Day 5K.  Participants start and finish at Owensboro High School’s football field and prizes are given by age groups. More information and registration is available here.

On May 11, the annual International BBQ Festival 5K, presented by the Owensboro Family YMCA, begins at 8 a.m. at the McConnell Plaza. Information and registration is available here.

The YMCA is offering Couch to 5K training runs every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. to prepare runners. Information is available here.

With runners and walkers on the road, motorists need to be observant of the laws and right of ways. Drivers should always allow at least three feet between the vehicle and pedestrian when passing. More information is available from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet here.


March 10, 2019 | 3:00 am

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