Mothers are notorious for running. Whether it be running errands, running after the kids, or running in general, mothers are always on the go. This strength is the backbone of the ninth annual Mercy Health Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon and Relay which will take place on Saturday, May 11. iLove running for a reason before Mother’s Day.

The race will begin at Water & Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah at 7am. Families, friends, coworkers, and clubs can all run together, as well as individuals. If you can’t run or walk the whole 13.1 miles, no worries! You can form a two, or four-person relay team to split up the 13.1 miles with you.

Iron Mom is the only half marathon in the city of Paducah, and continues to thrive each year by increasing runner numbers and donation totals. Paducah Iron Mom started in 2011 and raised $20,000 in its first year. Last year, the race raised a record $63,859 for Family Service Society, with another record 874 runners from 15 different states. The race gets bigger and better each year!

The course is a loop course that starts and finishes in downtown Paducah. This year’s route is the same as last year’s, offering an opportunity for runners to enjoy Paducah’s beautiful neighborhoods and continues to showcase Paducah by running up Jefferson Street, through The Pines, Conrad Heights, the Greenway Trail, Bob Noble Park, and historic downtown and Lower Town.

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If you are on the route, turn on the hoses and have some friends over for coffee. Cheering on the runners is a very important part of keeping them motivated...not to mention it’s a fun time for you, too! Last year was the hottest race on record, so sprinklers are encouraged. Here is a list of estimated times you can expect to see the runners come by your home:

  • Jefferson through 32nd Street: 7am-8am
  • 32nd Street through the Pines: 7:15am-9am
  • Greenway Trail through Noble Park: 7:45am-10am
  • North 26th/25th Street and all of Madison Street: 7:30am-11am

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Packet Pick-Up will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront from 10am-6pm. The Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront is the official Iron Mom hotel sponsor this year, so runners have special rates if they need to book a room. It’s also conveniently walking distance to the start and finish line! Runners can go to for all the information and a link to this hotel room block.

All finishers of the half-marathon will receive a custom medal. Walkers are welcome but must be able to keep an 18-minute mile pace to complete the half marathon. There is a four hour course limit. Roads will reopen and the course will not be supported past 11 am. At that time, walkers/runners still on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals.

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The success of this event is credited to the outstanding efforts of the volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the event, please Click Here. Various volunteer duties include water stations, traffic coordination, cheering stations, etc. Coordinators guarantee volunteering at this event will inspire you.

Proceeds from this signature event go to Family Service Society. This organization serves as a crisis resource to people of Paducah/McCracken County, Kentucky in need. Services include assistance with food, clothing, utilities, medications, dental, eyeglasses, household goods, personal hygiene items, and Christmas assistance. Family Service Society has been meeting the challenge of serving our community since 1927.

What else do I need to know about race day?

  • Permanent and portable bathrooms at Start/Finish and along the route.
  • The National Quilt Museum parking lot will the bus stop for relay teams.
  • Post-Race Food is planned.
  • Bristol Broadcasting stations will be live at Noble Park Greenway Trail, Fountain Ave and Start/Finish line.

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Ready to run like a mother?  For all the information and to sign up just visit