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

Sat March 17, 2018 Directions

Lucky Kidney Run™

sponsored by WATE-6 & Q100.3

 Registration is open for our 2018 Lucky Kidney Run™! The Lucky Kidney Run™ will begin at 10am on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 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.

Registration fee includes 6K or 2K race entry, a custom-designed, high-quality athletic 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. 

REGULAR online registration is open through February 28th, 2018, 11:59pm. **Only those registered on or before Wednesday, February 28th EXTENDED! NOW Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:00am, 2018, will be guaranteed a race shirt. Those registering on or after Thursday, March 1st, Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:00am, will receive a shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis, until supplies last.

LATE online registration will increase to $40 for ages 13+, and $25 for ages 9-12, starting March 1st, 2018, at midnight (12:00am). You may also register in person for at packet pickup on Saturday, March 10th, 2018, at Runner's Market in Bearden from 10am - 6pm. Online registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, March 15th, 2018. Race Day Registration is available between the hours of 7am - 9am on Saturday, March 17thRace Day Registration will Close at 9:00am. *Due to the expected number of registrants on race day, we STRONGLY encourage you and your group to register ONLINE & before February 28th in order to reserve your race shirt.

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 by Fresenius Kidney Care

Knox Shamrock Fest™, presented by Fresenius Kidney Care, spans two days: Friday, March 16th, 2018, 3pm-10pm, and Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 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 houses, slides and an obstacle course, carousel for the little ones, face painting, balloon twisting, midway games, prizes, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks and snacks, vendors and other fun activities for kids of all ages. For those age 21 years or older, green beer & Guinness, along with other tasty Irish concoctions, 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 ticket, 2 tickets or 3 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 pick-up on March 10th, 10am - 6pm at Runner's Market in Bearden.

For those traveling into Knoxville for the weekend, please visit Visit Knoxville at www.visitknoxville.org for a FREE Knoxville Visitor's Guide and recommendations for downtown accommodations, dining, and all you need to know for planning your St. Patrick's Day getaway weekend. 


Volunteers are needed for both the Lucky Kidney Run™ and the Market Square Irish Festival on both Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th. 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 http://www.volunteeretn.org/etkidney 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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Both courses begin behind the Market Square stage on Wall Avenue. We will turn left onto Gay Street. then straight down Gay Street, a quck loop through the Old City, then get back onto Gay Street. Once you get to the 4th & Gill neighborhood, you will stay on Luttrell instead of weaving in and out of the side streets. 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 and 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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