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OCTC’s 35th annual 5K run/walk to be held in person, virtually

In Education, Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Grant G. Talbott III Memorial Run, Owensboro Community and Technical College’s 35th annual road race will be held in person and virtually. In-person participants will run the 5K on Nov. 6, 2021; virtual participants may choose their own path, and day, to run or walk the 5K from Nov. 4-6, 2021, and log their time online. All proceeds go to support OCTC students.

Race day registration and check-in is 7:30-8:30 a.m. at OCTC’s main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road in Owensboro. All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registrants. Entry fee is $25, and $10 for current OCTC students.

This 5K race/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Legion Park on East Byers Avenue and continues around Veach Road, ending at OCTC. Park on campus. A complimentary shuttle will transport participants to the starting line.

There will be door prizes, including a drawing for $250 cash. You must be present to win; only in-person participants are eligible for door prizes, drawings, and trophies. Awards and prize drawings will begin immediately following the race.

Visit to register online or contact Barb Tipmore at 270-686-4530 or [email protected] for more details.

Local participants may pick up their shirts on race day or Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at OCTC’s Main Campus, Administration Building-Office of Resource Development at 4800 New Hartford Road in Owensboro. All participants are encouraged to post photos to social media and use #octc5k.

Sponsors of the race include: OMU, Don Moore Automotive, Champion Ford, Daviess County Ag. Extension Service, Great Harvest Bread Company, Canteen, City of Owensboro and YMCA.

The race is named in honor of Grant G. “GG” Talbott. Talbott served as a counselor 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.

This year, we also remember our dear friend, Carl Runyon (1951-2021). Carl taught English at OCTC for 35 years and was one of the founders of our 5K. His passion for both education and running will never be forgotten.

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