Run by the River races set for June 9

Published 3:51 am Friday, May 11, 2012

Staff Report


RUSSELL, Ky. – Registration is now open for the 35th annual Run By The River, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Greenup County. The races, both a 5K or 10K run or a 5K or 10K walk, are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in downtown Russell.

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“Entries received by June 2 will qualify for a discounted fee of $15,” said race director Tim Gearhart. After that date the entry fee will be $20, except for entrants 14 and under who are charged $15 through race day.

Considered one of the region’s best races and the longest continuously operating road race in Kentucky, Run By The River attracted 291 entrants last year and Gearhart expects an even larger field this year.

The race course is virtually flat on blacktopped streets starting in downtown Russell. Runners travel underneath the Ironton-Russell Bridge and then along the Ohio River road through Worthington and back. Runners get a spectacular view of the Ohio River.

Runners may choose either a 5K or 10K course, making it one of the few races in the Tri-State to offer this choice. A 5K or 10K fun walk is also offered.

All registered entrants receive a t-shirt. Trophies are given to the top finishers in both races, men’s and women’s divisions. The top three finishers in both races and in men’s and women’s divisions also receive trophies based on 16 age groups that run from 9 and under to 80 and over, making it one of the few races that recognizes the achievement of older runners and a growing number of young runners.

Wheelchair entrants are encouraged and a special trophy goes to the winner. There are no trophies for walkers.

For an entry form or more information runners can contact Gearhart at 740-532-0932 or by email at or visit the web site for a downloadable form.