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Mark your calendars, the St. Matthews Independence Day 5k is back for 2024!!  This race has its origins back to the late 1970’s in what was then called the St. Matthews Baptist Church Pavement Pounder. In the mid 80’s the race became known as the VBS 5K and was part of the church’s Great Parking Lot Party to promote its Vacation Bible School.  Later it became the kick-off to the annual St. Matthews Street Festival.  And in 2022 it was moved to July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.  The course, through St. Matthews neighborhoods, has remained the same over the years.  Participation has grown steadily, and the race was capped at 500 participants in 2023.

All proceeds from the race benefit St. Matthews Baptist Church’s Love 40207 program and St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM).  So, not only is it a fun community event, but it also directly benefits the community through many programs and services such as aid to shut-ins, beautification of our parks and schools, stocking of a food pantry and clothes closet, providing emergency assistance for families in need, and maintaining a community garden. 

The race begins at 8am, July 4th at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3515 Grandview Ave.  There will be post-race awards, prizes, food, and vendor booths.  More information and registration can be found at River City Races (St. Matthews Independence Day 5k — river city races).  Walkers are welcome!

The event is always looking for sponsors and donors too!  Contact Bill Nowak ( for more information on how your business can be a part of it. 

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