May the Course Be with You

Prepping for the Triple Crown of Running benefiting WHAS Crusade for Children

By Graham Pilotte

Most people would agree, as Shakespeare wrote in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” that “the course of true love never did run smooth.” But if you’re training for the Triple Crown of Running, that may be a good thing. For lifelong runners and newbies alike, Louisville’s upcoming road races are the perfect chance to contribute to the community and take on a personal challenge.

“The Louisville Triple Crown of running is a longstanding series of three races,” explains Pru Miller Radcliffe, manager of the series. “It begins with the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic. The second is the Rodes City 10K, and the final race is the Papa John’s 10 Miler.” Participants can choose to sign up for just one or two races or run in all three.

“Many people run all three because it’s a tradition for them and for their family members,” Radcliffe says. “We see people running as a family or as a church or school group in matching shirts.”

The runs directly benefit the community. “Our charity has always been the WHAS Crusade for Children,” Radcliffe explains. The nonprofit raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs. “Since 2002, we’ve been able to donate almost $1.8 million from registration (money) and proceeds,” Radcliffe says.

The Triple Crown encourages children to get active as well. “The Kids’ Fun Runs take place following each of the three races. It’s just $5 per registrant, and they each get a little swag bag. It’s great to see the future runners of our community out there having fun and doing their part to stay fit,” Radcliffe says.

“Louisville is known throughout the country as a running community. (The Triple Crown of Running) is a community effort. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better donation to the Crusade this year,” Radcliffe says, “and that’s thanks to all of our sponsors and our community.” V

Training Tips

It’s about being healthy. “Running and walking is still the simplest, easiest and least expensive way to get your body up and moving,” Radcliffe says. All you need is a good pair of shoes.

If you’re just getting started, don’t feel pressured to start training with a sprint. “You need to start off slow,” Radcliffe advises. “If you’ve been sitting all year long, don’t just get up and go run it; you have to build up to it.” Instead, start out with some slow walks and runs to build up your endurance.

It takes a special kind of person to get up on a foggy morning and lace up your shoes and run. Keep in mind why you started. Crossing that finish line with other runners by your side will make getting up on sleepy mornings worth it.

Race Information

The Anthem 5K Fitness Classic will take place on Feb. 23. Registration will cost $35 by Feb. 11, $45 before Feb. 22, and $60 on the day of the race.

The Rodes City Run 10K will take place on March 9.

The Papa Johns 10 Miler will take place on March 23.

Kids’ Fun Runs are $5, and registration is available in advance and on the day of the race.

More registration dates and
times are available at LouisvilleTripleCrown.com

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