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FFM 5K road race two weeks away

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By Tommie Kendall

This year’s Friends For Michael 5K is Saturday, Sept. 26, starting in front of Henry County High School at 9 a.m. The 3.1-mile road course starts on Hwy. 55 and turns left on Hwy. 421. The turnaround point to the out-and-back course is just before the fairgrounds, and the finish line is on the high school’s track.

For the second year in a row, Friends For Michael is part of the Kentucky USATF 5K Running Series, which has a prize purse of $800 per race and $2,850 total. The other two races are the West Louisville Appreciation 5K in July and the Black Cat Chase 5K in Frankfort in October. Points are awarded to runners based on individual finishes at each of the three races. To be eligible for prize money, runners must be members of the Kentucky Association of USATF prior to the race.

At FFM, the top overall male and female runners win $100 for first, $75 for second and $25 for third. Also, the top masters (40-and-over) win $75, $50 and $25. The overall series champions can add $100, $75 and $50 to their winnings.

For more information about the 5K race or other Friends For Michael events, visit the Web site www.friendsformichael.org.