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OCTC’s 33rd Annual GG Talbot 5K to be held virtually Nov. 5-8

In Community, Education, Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Grant G. Talbott III Memorial Run, Owensboro Community and Technical College’s 33rd annual road race will be held virtually and participants may choose their own path, and day, to run or walk the 5K distance from November 5-8, 2020 and participants will log their time online. All proceeds go to support OCTC students.

“We missed our initial date due to COVID restriction, and our back up dates, too. Our team wanted to try and host the event to continue to support students and to keep up the tradition of this race” added Mike Rodgers, Chief Resource Development Officer for OCTC.

All preregistered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registrants. Entry fee is $30, and $10 for OCTC students. In addition, participants may opt to purchase a finishers medal for an additional $10. The medal features the OCTC Pathfinder mascot and a seasonal turkey with masks as a nod to current health restrictions.

Rodgers commented, “Some of our team members participate in virtual races and they were a great help in organizing and adding some of the fun features, like the medals, race bibs, and we’ve tried to get folks from other states to join in on the fun. It’s a great cause, particularly during this health crisis, we see more students that need help with basic needs.”

Visit to register online, or use the QR code provided in the graphic by opening the camera on your phone, and align with the code. The camera will open your browser and click browser to connect, or call Cadie Underwood at 270-686-4663 for more details. A printable optional race bib is provided when registering online.

Local participants may pick up their shirts from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 2-4, at OCTC’s Main Campus, Administration Building-Office of Resource Development, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro. All Healthy at OCTC protocols will be in place, masks and social distancing required. Age group awards will be virtual and posted to social media. Participants may opt to log in to an MS Teams page to see if others are running simultaneously. Participants are encouraged to post photos to social media and use #octc5k.

Sponsors of the race include: OMU, Don Moore Automotive, Gateway Urgent Care, Champion Ford, American Eagle 5, LLC., Daviess County Ag. Extension Service, Farm Credit Mid-America, To The Finish, LLC., Great Harvest Bread Company, Chick-fil-A, Canteen, City of Owensboro, YMCA, and GRITS.

The race is named in honor of Grant G. “GG” Talbott. Talbott served as a counselor and mentor at OCTC for 10 years after retiring from Owensboro High School. He was a friend and mentor to many during his lifelong commitment to education. Talbott coordinated the road race from 1998-2007. This is one of the longest continuing races in the region.

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