Lucky Kidney Run™, a Part of Knox Shamrock Fest™, presented by Fresenius Kidney Care!

Sat March 14, 2020 Directions
6k/2k Charity Races

6K timed RUN (timing chip for timed results)

$35 10:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

2K WALK or 6K WALK (no timing chip, no timed results)

$35 10:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Lucky Kidney Run™

sponsored by Fresenius Kidney Care

Media Sponsors WATE-6 & Q100.3

Registration is open for our 2020 Lucky Kidney Run™! The Lucky Kidney Run™ will begin at 10am on Saturday, March 14th, 2020, featuring 6K & 2K courses, in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. The 6k course is an out-and-back down Gay Street, through the Historic 4th & Gill neighborhood. The 2K course is a similar out-and-back down Gay Street, turning down several side streets and circling back to Gay. Awards ceremony to follow at approximately 10:45am.

REGULAR online registration is open through February 28th, 2020, 11:59pm. Registration fee includes 6K or 2K race entry, a locally designed & printed, high-quality shirt and a race packet full of freebies and coupons. Regular registration is $35/person for ages 13+; registration for children 9-12 years old is $20/person and does NOT include a race shirt; registration for children ages 8 and under is FREE and does NOT Include a race shirt. Extra race shirts may be purchased online during registration process, or in person at early packet pickup (while supplies last). Shirt sizes are available in youth and adult sizes. 

LATE online registration will increase to $40 for ages 13+, and $25 for ages 9-12, starting March 1st, 2020, at midnight (12:00am). You may also register in person at packet pickup on Friday, March 13th, 2020, at Knox Shamrock Fest in Market Square, 3pm - 8pm. Race Day Registration is available between the hours of 7am - 9am on Saturday, March 14th. Race Day Registration will Close at 9:00am.

Fundraising: Raising funds is not a requirement; however, we do encourage individuals and teams to set a fundraising goal and ask friends and family to help reach that goal. The Lucky Kidney Run™ is a large fund raiser for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Please support our local mission of improving the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease; 100% of funds raised stay right here in East Tennessee and help people with whom we work and play and those whom we care for and love.

ETKF asks for your help in making this a strong and successful fund raising event. No donation or fundraising goal is too small! RunSignUp's personalized fundraiser pages with options to load pictures, social media sharing, scrolling list of donors and other new features make is easy and fun to contribute to ETKF's mission. Create a unique team name so friends and family can easily locate and attribute their donations to your fundraising goal. Some companies offer matching donations by simply completing a form with HR; ask your company to support your fundraiser, or to sponsor a team!

Knox Shamrock Fest™

presented byFresenius Kidney Care

Knox Shamrock Fest™, presented by Fresenius Kidney Care, spans two days: Friday, March 13th, 2020, 3pm-10pm, and Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 10am-10pm, in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. The Market Square Irish Festival is appropriate for the entire family! We will have festive music, live concerts, inflatable bouce house, slide and an obstacle course, face painting, balloon twisting, midway games, food trucks, vendors and other fun activities for kids of all ages. We will have sodas, water, and for those age 21 years or older, green beer, Guinness, Irish whiskey and wine, will be available for purchase (must show legal identification).

Tickets will be on sale at the festival for children's activities, games and food/snacks; cash and credit cards accepted. Tickets are $1 each or get two tickets FREE when you purchase 12 tickets for $10; midway games, balloon twisting, face painting, and other children's activities will be available for 1 - 4 tickets, depending on the attraction. If you are participating in the Lucky Kidney Run, you may purchase tickets during online registration and pick them up during the Lucky Kidney Run™ early packet pickup on Friday, March 13th, at Knox Shamrock Fest in Market Square, 3pm - 8pm.

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Volunteers are needed for both the Lucky Kidney Run™ and the Market Square Irish Festival on both Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th. This is a favorite event of students needing community service hours for Tennessee Promise and school-related requirements. We happily accept groups of volunteers as well as children, as long as they are accompanied by an adult or guardian age 18 years or older. All volunteers receive FREE volunteer shirt.  Sign up to volunteer now, or go to to view volunteer jobs & available shifts. We need you to make our event a success! Thank you!

Market Square, downtown Knoxville. Parking available in Market Square garage on the corner of Wall Avenue & Walnut Street, or any public parking garage.
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Course Map: DETOUR for 2020

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Please note DETOUR for 2020's race regarding Depot Avenue.

Depot Avenue is still closed due to construction. The course will take a slight detour to avoid this construction and keep participants safe. Follow the course as guided on the course map up until you turn onto Depot from Morgan. Once on Depot, you will TURN RIGHT onto WILLIAMS then LEFT onto MAGNOLIA. After running a short distance you will TURN RIGHT to get back onto Gay Street and resume the normal course.

Both courses begin behind the Market Square stage on Wall Avenue. We will turn left onto Gay Street. then straight down Gay Street, a quick loop through the Old City, then get back onto Gay Street. Once you get to the 4th & Gill neighborhood, you will stay on Luttrell; turn around just before Glenwood and head back the same course to Gay Street. Do NOT run through the Old City loop on the way back; stay on Gay Street until you turn right on Wall Avenue and cross the mat at the Finish Line. The course will be well marked with cones, green arrows, course monitors and Knoxville Police Department officers. Stay safe, stay on course, and Happy Running!


Market Square, downtown Knoxville. Parking available in Market Square garage on the corner of Wall Avenue & Walnut Street, or any public parking garage.


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