On your mark, Get set, Go!! Runners, walkers and leprechauns alike ~ Good Shepherd School’s Run For The Gold is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, and includes not only the run itself, but also an afternoon packed with activities and fun in downtown Frankfort. Don your green and come downtown to celebrate St. Patty’s day!
The fun begins on St. Clair at 5:30pm when the children can join local bagpiper, Keith Goins, for a stroll through downtown. Then, at 5:45p the Lexington Irish Dancers take the stage. After the dancers performance, the runners/walkers will line up at Main Street and St. Clair.
Join yoga instructor, Francee Schloesser of Cool Comfort Shoes Body & Sole, at 5:30 pm on the Old Capital Lawn for a free yoga class for runners to stretch out before the race.
At 6:15pm, runners and walkers of all levels (including a leprechaun or two!) will lace up their shoes and gather to prepare for the race itself, which benefits GSCS’s Visual and Performing Arts program. The race begins at 6:30pm on the corner of St. Clair and Main streets. Registration for the Run/Walk is already open and the fee is $17 through March 14. You can download a form at www.gssfrankfort.org or register online (through Saturday, March 14 at midnight) by clicking here. Late Registration and Packet Pick-up will be on Wednesday, March 16 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Fork Knife & Spoon Catering (236 W Main Street) and Thursday, March 17 from 10:00a- 6:00pm. Late registration is $25.
If you need a snack before the race begins, Fork Knife & Spoon has several options including: Beef and Guinness stew, Cabbage Rolls, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Potato Soup, Soda Bread, Black and Tan Brownies and St. Patrick’s Day Cookies. Call Beth at 502-682-1189 to pre-order.
After the race, join us at the award ceremony. The judging for the Crazy Costume Contest will happen right after the race in front of Fork Knife and Spoon Catering Company. One lucky leprechaun will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Meeting House Bed & Breakfast- the sponsor of the Crazy Costume Contest. The runner-up will receive a $15 gift certificate to The Meeting House. The winner of the Top Referral Contest will also be announced. The participant who refers the most runners receives a pair of new running shoes donated by Cool Comfort Body & Sole.
Beat the crowds and come downtown on Wednesday to pick up your race packet anytime from 10am-6pm at Fork Knife & Spoon Catering Company located at 236 W. Main St. While you are there- pick up an Irish dinner to go. Pre-order any of the following items: Beef and Guinness stew, Cabbage Rolls, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Potato Soup, Soda Bread, Black and Tan Brownies and St. Patrick’s Day Cookies. Call Beth at 502-682-1189 to pre-order. Pre-orders for any of the items will be available on Wednesday or Thursday.
The “Run for the Gold” is the second race of the new Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series. More information on the other races is available on the Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series website (www.frankfortstriders.com). Participate in at least 6 of the races to receive a commenorative glass, participate in 9 and receive a glass and a long sleeve t-shirt or participate in at least 12 and receive a glass, a long sleeve t-shirt and a sweatshirt and a plaque! Anyone who participates in at least 6 of the races also receives a ticket to the Series Celebration. Jackson Construction is sponsoring the prizes.
The Run for the Gold award ceremony is scheduled for 7:30pm on St. Clair where medals for the overall top male and female runner and the top three runners in 15 different age groups will be awarded.
Downtown businesses are also getting in on the celebration with “green” specials and fun activities. Come shop, be entertained and/or dine before the race.
On Tuesday night, March 15, come to The Grand Theatre to see Caladh Nua. The show begins 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$30 and are available at the box office on Main St. or at the ticket window the night of the performance. Caladh Nua is a versatile five-member group that performs traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair.
Before or after the Run, stop by the Meeting House located just a couple blocks off of Broadway at the corner of Ann Street and Mero Street for their traditional Irish Dinner. For $9.95, you can feast on the traditional corn beef and cabbage with potatoes, turnips and carrots. Owners Rose and Gary Burke will also be serving homemade Irish soda bread and desserts. You can even tip your hat with a tall glass of green beer or wine. Rose and Gary will be serving the dinner from 11:00am-9:00pm.
Poor Richards Bookshop is offering a discount of 17%* in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. * Except for NY Times hardcover bestsellers already marked down 25%
Thank you to our sponsors for the 2015 Run for the Gold: our title sponsor, The Kentucky Employees Credit Union, Cull and Hayden, PSC. , McAllen Solutions, Frankfort Vision Center, Drs. Renshaw, Wix, Murray & Holland, Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Capital Living, The Milam House, Canoe Kentucky, True, Guarnieri and Ayer, Cool Comfort Body & Sole, CLS Screenprinting, Frankfort Plant Board, Frankfort Parks and Recreation, Frankfort Convention Center, RealLife Radio, Good Shepherd School, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism, Good Times Event Services, Graviss’ McDonalds Restaurants and Fork Knife & Spoon Catering company for hosting packet pick-up. And thank you to The Frankfort Striders Series sponsors- Jackson Construction.