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Black Cat Chase

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The annual Black Cat Chase 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Friday, October 24 at 7pm at the Old State Capitol. This event is the largest 5K in town and brings participants of all ages and running abilities from around Kentucky and nearby states to Downtown Frankfort. The night race draws a particularly large crowd due to its festive environment complete with the dancing black cat, music, costumes, and a scenic run between the old and new State Capitol buildings. Don’t miss the excitement this year!

Registration: Register at either Frankfort YMCA location or online at www.frankfortymca.org or http://goodtimesraces.com. Registrations will be accepted on race day at the YMCA from 9am-4pm or on the Old Capitol lawn starting at 5:00 p.m.

Packet Pick-Up: Packet pick-up is held at the Downtown YMCA on Thursday, October 23 from 9am-6pm and Friday, October 24 from 9am-4pm. Packets can also be picked up before the race on the Old State Capitol lawn from 5-6:30pm.

Race Course: The race starts near the Old Capitol on Broadway by Lewis Street (face Wilkinson). Turn left on Wilkinson, left on Main, right across the Capital Avenue bridge, up Capital Avenue, around the Capitol (between the Capitol and Annex), back down Capital Avenue, across the bridge, left on Main, right on Wilkinson, and right on Broadway to the finish. Parking will not be available on Broadway that evening. Lewis Street closes at 3:30 p.m., and Broadway closes at 5:30 p.m. Streets along the route close at 6:45 pm and will reopen once the last walker crosses the finish line.

Awards: Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female participants, the top 3 participants in each age group, and the top 3 teams (minimum 5 runners per team). Group costume awards will also be distributed. Special awards will be given to the school participants including top school teams, team with the most participants, fastest educator, and best school spirit/costumes.

T-Shirts – All participants will receive a long sleeved heather gray Black Cat Chase Shirt.  You can upgrade to a charcoal gray long sleeved performance tech shirt for $10 more. Pictures of the shirts can be found on the Black Cat Chase page on the Frankfort YMCA website.

Childcare – Free childcare will be offered before and during the race at the Downtown YMCA from 6-8:15pm.  You don’t have to register ahead of time or be a member of the Y for this service (it is available for all registered race participants).  Childcare will be led by our Crayon Club childcare staff, so all staff are certified in CPR/First Aid and have a variety of trainings in childcare services.

More Information: Black Cat Chase proceeds go towards the Frankfort YMCA Annual Giving Campaign to help provide assistance to children and families so that they can participate in Y programs and events. For additional race details including parking, refreshments, start line procedures, event timeline, and other info, visit http://www.frankfortymca.org/SpecialEvents/BlackCatChase.aspx or contact Melissa Bondurant at melissa.bondurant@frankfortymca.org or 502-227-9637 ext. 102.