When I was teaching in the Covington Independent Schools I always loved our monthly visit from the Read Racer from the Kenton County Library. Ms. Jeanne and Mr. Mike would patiently help my students find that perfect book to borrow and read at home. The kids thought it was wonderful to have the library visit them at school, and I thought it was wonderful to give the children access to so many books! Each summer the Kenton County Public Library has held a 5K run & walk to support this service to the community. It’s a perfect 5K for the whole family, the course is not too strenuous, and at the end of the race there are pancakes from First Watch! I’ve done this 5K several times, with the kids in tow. The 10th annual run is happening THIS WEEKEND, so if your family is looking for a great way to stay fit and give back to the community at the same time then you should check this out! The 10th Annual Racing to Read 5K will be on Saturday June 8th at 9am.
Here are all the details from the Kenton County Library:
Kenton County Public Library Prepares for Tenth Annual 5K Run & Walk
The Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s 10th annual Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk will take place Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. This year’s race is expected to attract nearly 1,000 people to downtown Covington.
The first place overall male and female runner and walker will receive a six month single membership to Better Bodies or Silverlake The Family Place, a gift certificate to Road ID and a $10 gift card to the Running Spot. Second place will receive a 90 day single pass to Better Bodies or Silverlake and a $10 gift card to the Running Spot. The first three strollers to cross the finish line will win a prize. Prizes will also be given for the top in each age group.
The pancake breakfast from First Watch, registration and other activities will take place across the street from the Library in the parking lot and gym of Gateway Community and Technical College.
The Summer Reading Club kickoff will also take place at this event, moving into the Children’s department of the Library later that morning. The kickoff runs 9 a.m.-noon with face painting and family-friendly entertainment. Adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading June-August. See www.kentonlibrary.org/src for more information.
The race will start in front of the Covington Branch, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, at 9 a.m. The race benefits early childhood literacy initiatives.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per person. Pre-registration can be done at www.kentonlibrary.org/race or by picking up a registration form at the Kenton County Public Library. Registration includes a performance running T-shirt, while supplies last. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $25 for individuals. People who want to contribute to early childhood literacy but can’t participate in the Run & Walk can volunteer. Volunteers are needed on the race course, to distribute water, cheer on the participants and more. Call 578-3607 for more information.
Visit www.kentonlibrary.org/race for more information, to register or get directions.
The Kenton County Public Library has three locations – Covington, Erlanger and Durr in Independence. The library is consistently one of the top ranked public libraries in the state of Kentucky and served more than 1.1 million visitors last year. The library also provides more than 4,000 free educational, informational and recreational programs and training classes annually. Learn more at www.kentonlibrary.org. The Kenton County Public Library was ranked #1 in the state of Kentucky according to the HAPLR Index for the last three years in a row.