Registration is open for the 10th annual Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital Paducah Iron Mom Half-Marathon. This year's race takes place on May 9 during Mother's Day weekend.

Iron Mom is a coed event offering half-marathon and half-marathon relay options for two- and four-person teams as well as a new 5K option.

To register, visit The race route begins and ends in downtown Paducah at the floodwall murals. The race route takes participants around scenic Paducah, including Jefferson Street, The Greenway Trail, Noble Park and the Downtown Arts District.

Proceeds from the Iron Mom Half-Marathon benefit Family Service Society, a nonprofit agency serving as a crisis resource to the residents of Paducah and McCracken County since 1927. Family Service Society provides assistance with food, clothing, medications, dental needs and utilities to local families in need.

Last year's race raised $61,768 for Family Service Society and attracted a record number of participants, with 929 runners from 15 states.

"Every dollar raised by the Lourdes Paducah Iron Mom is used to help our community members, so it means a lot when our community comes together to support this fun event," Family Service Society Executive Director Candace Melloy said. "We're excited for the 10th running of Iron Mom and encourage everyone to join us as we raise funding to provide vital services to families."

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