5K kicks off weekend

Published 9:00 am Friday, September 15, 2017

Runners from across the state and elsewhere will converge on Winchester Saturday morning for a 5K road race to benefit organ donors in Kentucky.

The Gift of Life 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in College Park, with registration starting an hour earlier.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the the Kentucky Circuit Clerk’s Trust for Life and its Judge Charles Satterwhite Patient Assistance Fund. The Trust for Life supports organ donor registration throughout the commonwealth. The fund, which is part of the Trust for Life, helps organ transplant recipients with expenses not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

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According to the Trust, the fund has helped more than 400 people in 88 counties since it was created in 2001.

All proceeds from Saturday’s run will go to the Satterwhite Fund.

In addition to the race itself, there will be awards given for best individual outfit, best team uniform and largest team.

There will also be music and food vendors.

Before the race even begins, a group of more than 60 U.S. military veterans will take depart from the airport in Lexington for Washington, D.C. The latest trip by Honor Flight Kentucky is taking nearly 150 people, including guardians, to the capital for a day of touring the nation’s war memorials and other sites.

The group is scheduled to return to Blue Grass Airport in Lexington around 9 p.m., and the public is invited to welcome them home, which is something many did not receive after their deployments. Honor Flight Kentucky board member George Campbell said parking will be paid for and there will be shuttles from the parking lot to the terminal.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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