Barren and Metcalfe
On a beautiful Saturday at the end of April, the first Homegrown Run was held in downtown Glasgow, and it crossed the finish line of success.
The sponsored event, which was a fundraiser for Sustainable Glasgow, was the brainchild of a Board member.
“One of our Sustainable Glasgow board members, Jeff Bruce, is an avid runner and cyclist in the community, and in a board meeting that we were discussing new programming and ways to integrate different SG events that promote healthy living, Jeff suggested us having a 5K that proceeds could benefit our KY Double Dollars Program at the Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market,” said Executive Director for SG, Brandi Button.
The run benefited the Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market Double Dollars Program, a program that allows the market to double up to $16 in SR and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers and $20 in SNAP benefits for individuals who qualify for those programs to spend on locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables each Saturday they visit the market while funds are available.
It was a huge success.
“From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU to all that came out for the Homegrown 5K to support our Double Dollars Program. We had 64 runners and so much fun! Also, shout out to Jeff Bruce who coordinated the whole thing. Our community and the support we are given is such a beautiful thing,” Button said.
Many of the downtown businesses were happy to see this event happen as well, and pleased to see the camaraderie between the entities and organizations that create a positive downtown atmosphere.
Early registration the evening prior to the event was held at the downtown brewery, Yancey’s and George J’s staff came in early to offer coffee and breakfast for early runners.
Sherry Williams of the Glasgow Downtown Business Association said, “It was nice to see Sustainable Glasgow involve downtown businesses. It was a pleasure to see Brandi Button and Jeff Bruce coming early and supporting local businesses when finished.”
Button would like to extend a special thanks to the sponsors:
TJ Samson, Gerald Printing, The Grove KY, Esters Farm Cafe, HVAC Services, JOBE Publishing, Glasgow Coin and Jewelry, and Nats Outdoor Sports.