LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Nearly 200 runners and walkers took advantage of Sunday’s unseasonably warm temperatures to raise money for veterans in the 2017 VA 5K at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Leestown Road.
The overall winner was Aaron Tucker with a time of 18:03. The top female finisher was Amanda Milburn with a time of 22:34, according to race officials.
Proceeds from the race went to the Lexington Fisher House, which is a comfort home where families of veterans being treated at the medical center on Leestown Road can stay for free during their loved one’s hospitalization.
The home will be built near the main entrance to the medical center. To learn more about Fisher House or to make an online donation, visit www.fisherhouse.org.
Columbia Gas of Kentucky and its employee resource group for veterans and veteran supporters, NiVets, co-sponsored the event with the Lexington Division of Community Corrections. The division, which operates the Lexington detention center, is actively recruiting veterans to serve as corrections officers.
The event included performances by the Fayette County Public Schools’ STEAM Academy steel drum band and the Tates Creek High School a capella group TAKE 2.
The Lexington chapter of Rolling Thunder, a veterans motorcycle group, led the runners around the race course. Military Missions, which sends care packages to troops overseas, and Lady Veterans Connect helped greet and cheer