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The Amelia B Wilson LBL Run - 10k/half marathon takes the place of the annual RunLBL! Half and 10k, with some exciting changes. It remains under the direction of Durbin Race Management and the incredible volunteers from the Grand Rivers area.
If you can't attend in person, you can still participate virtually! Choose the virtual option when registering.
The race is in honor of a spectacular woman, Amelia Brown Wilson, who was taken way too soon. She was a staple of the Grand Rivers community. The race is also being used as a fundraiser for an organization she believed in, and worked so hard for; the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). Amelia was an organ recipient early in life and unfortunately lost her life due to complications later in life (but way too soon at 39 years old). Please see more in the next sections.
Fall running at Land Between the Lakes and Grand Rivers KY is stunningly beautiful. This year's course will feature the 10k as before, but the half marathon will use the LBL Canal Loop; the same trail one we use for the Spring LBL Trail runs. It will be shortened to a half marathon distance.
Amelia Brown Wilson, of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, was diagnosed with liver disease at
age 19. She received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2005 while a student at the University of
Kentucky. Amelia and her family are eternally grateful to her liver donor, John Cody Conley,
who was a 13-year-old boy from West Virginia who loved the outdoors and died while riding an
Amelia was a three-time University of Kentucky graduate. She earned her bachelor’s
degree in family and consumer sciences in 2003, her master’s degree in community and
leadership development in 2006, and her doctorate in higher education administration in 2010.
While at UK, Amelia was the university ambassador coordinator, a student senator, a vice
president of Delta Gamma sorority, and the 2003 homecoming queen. Amelia was an advocate
for organ donation and started the annual Gift of Life Challenge between UK and the University
of Louisville to promote organ donation.
She received the Sullivan Medallion, which is
presented annually to one male and one female graduating student based on “such characteristics
of heart, mind, and conduct as evidence a spirit of love for and helpfulness to other men and
She was the 2011 recipient of the University of Kentucky Joseph T. Burch Young
Alumni Award and a 2021 recipient of the University of Kentucky’s Distinguished Service
Award. While a student at the University of Kentucky, Amelia met her husband, Allen O.
Wilson. Amelia was a field representative for U.S. Congressman James Comer and passed away
on June 25, 2021 following a lengthy battle with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder
(PTLD), which is a cancer faced only by organ transplant recipients.
Saturday, October 23. (all times are Central Daylight Time)
Packet pick up: 06:30 - 07:45 at Grand Rivers Tourism Office, 1858 JH O'Bryan, Grand Rivers 42045
Day of Race Registration is available: Add $10 to the regular registration rates. If we run out of shirts, we'll have to mail it to you.
Races Start: 08:00 in front of the GR Tourism Office.
Races End: NOON.
After race food served from 10:30 - 1pm near the finish line.
Rest rooms are open in the kiosks in front of the Badgett Playhouse (next to the Tourism office)
START - Grand Rivers Tourism office 1858 JH O'Bryan, Grand Rivers, proceed up JH OBryan;
LEFT on 453, RIGHT on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive, continue to the 3.1 mile turnaround.
Reverse back to Grand Rivers Tourism office for the finish.
Fluid Stations (water and SWORD hydration drink) located at mile 1.7 and 4.5)
START at Grand Rivers Tourism office (1858 JH O'Bryan, Grand Rivers) and proceed up JH O'Bryan to
LEFT on 453. RIGHT on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. RIGHT on the Canal Loop. Follow the Canal Loop to the North Welcome Station.
At the NWS, run across the parking lot and down to Connector D. Follow D to where it connects back with the Canal Loop.
Continue on the Canal Loop back to the point you start on it on KY Lake Scenic Drive.
RIGHT on KLSD, LEFT on 453 back to the GR Tourism office.
Fluid Stations at mile 1.6, 4.9. 7.4. 9.0, 11.5.
Each participant will receive a nice shirt.
Finishers will receive a RunLBL! medal.
This is a fundraiser for Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates, an organization dear to Amelia. Since many of you have already chosen a race for October 23, or if you're concerned about the recent spreading of the covid variant, we're pleased to offer another way for you to be a part of the event.
Just run the distance you've chosen (and you'll notice we've included a 5k option) anytime between October 21 and October 24. You'll be able to submit your results. We'll mail your shirt and medal to you. IF YOU ARE RUNNING ANOTHER RACE just use the distance and time you recorded there.
NOTE: virtual runs will receive a shirt and medal, but will not be eligible for top 5 awards; you must run in person for those.
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