Barbecue on the River 5k

Sat September 25, 2021 Paducah, KY 42001 US Directions

5K Run/Fitness Walk

8:00AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT

1-mile Youth Run

9:00AM CDT - 9:30AM CDT
555 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY US 42001

Since 1994, the 5K Run and Fitness Walk has been a part of Paducah’s Barbecue on the River. More than 500 runners and walkers come from across the U.S. to participate in the race where we utilize a chip timing system to produce accurate results. This is a wonderful event that promotes health, fitness and a fun time for everyone; serious runners, kids, corporate teams, running clubs, entire families, or community groups can join in. The course is flat and fast, perfect for a PR (Personal Record). Since 2001, the race has also offered a 1-mile Youth Run to children ages 12 and under. 

Registration fees go up after 9/10! Pre-registration for the 5K is $30. After 9/10, race registration for the 5K is $35. Pre-registration for a child for the one mile youth run is $10. After 9/10, race registration for the one mile youth run is $15. Shirts will be guaranteed for those registered by 9/1.

The race course for the 5K and the 1-mile Youth Run begins in downtown Paducah at the Paducah Bank main branch, located at 555 Jefferson Street.


Race Day Events

Day of Race events are held at Paducah Bank, 555 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 42001

All times Central Daylight Time

06:30  Day of Race registration - 5k - $35; Youth 1 mile run - $15.

07:30  Day of Race registration ENDS.

08:00  Start of 5k across from Paducah Bank. 

9:00 (or right after the finish of the 5k)  Start of Youth 1 mile run

9:30  Presentation of Awards method to be determined


5K Awards:

***PRIZE MONEY*** $500 CASH prize for overall Male and $500 CASH prize for overall Female winners sponsored by Seva Distance Project.

Special awards to top 3 males, top 3 females, top masters male and female, and top grand masters male and female. (See picture for previous special awards)

Age groups and awards to be determined

Youth 1 Mile Awards:

Medals given to all finishers.  Award given to overall Male & overall Female winners. 1st Place award given to male and female in each individual age group: 6 and under, 7 - 8, 9 - 10, and 11 - 12

Corporate Teams

Any corporation, profit or non-profit, may participate.
Both full-time & part-time employees may participate.
3 employees are required per team (no more, no less).
All 3 participants must be employed by the same employer.
Multiple teams per employer are allowed and encouraged to register.

A team award will be awarded to the top team.  Individual medals will be distributed to each member of the top 5 teams.


Packet Pick up

You will have 2 options for packet pick up.

On Friday 9/24 from 3:30pm-6:30pm, Etcetera Coffee House 320 N 6th Street. 

You can also wait until race day and pick up your packet starting at 6:30 am. 

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Timing Sponsor
Awards Sponsor
5k Course Map

Course Map:


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1 Mile Youth Run Map

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