Jump start your July 4 holiday by taking part in the annual Campbell County YMCA Firecracker 5K Run and the annual Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade. The race course begins in Tower Park, heads to Highlands High School, then returns to Tower Park, where cash, gift cards, trophies and medals will be presented to top performers in various age groups. Those who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt; same day registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race steps off at 8:15 a.m. To register, visit the website www.FinishSpot.com. There will also be a free kids fun run at 7:40 a.m. for children 12-years-old and younger. All entries in the one mile kids race will receive a participation ribbon.
“Both the race and the annual parade are hometown favorites and we have incredible support from citizens, YMCA members, and local businesses each year,” said Campbell County YMCA Executive Director Dana Ensley. “At the end of the day, we know that we will be better able to serve individuals and families in our community through proceeds from this event that will benefit the Ys scholarship program.”
The Campbell County YMCA and the City of Fort Thomas have named Patty and William Dobbling as grand marshals of the 2013 annual Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade, set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The local couple, married for 56 years, are being recognized for outstanding service to their community, including work with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the Brighton Center, Holly Hill, Lions Club, and the Garden Club of Fort Thomas.
The theme for the 2013 parade is Our Community, Generations Strong. Floats, bands, and marching units are welcome; there will be tropies awarded for most entertaining and most original entries. Line-up for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on North Ft. Thomas Avenue at Memorial Parkway. For more information about the parade, visit the website www.MyY.org and click on the Campbell County link. You can also contact the branch at (859) 781-1814.