The 0.5K is back and better than… last time!

The 0.5K is back and better than… last time!

Blessings in a Backpack Louisville Chapter 0.5K segment from WAVE Country with Dawne Gee, courtesy of WAVE 3 News

On June 25, join us at the Blessings in a Backpack 0.5K, and no… that’s not a typo. The “race” is, in fact, only 546 yards. It lampoons the typical 5K but without any of the training or effort, while raising money for the Blessings in a Backpack programs in Louisville, Kentucky.

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID, the 0.5K is back and better than… last time. Thank you, Dawne Gee, for talking to Kaela Hammerstrom, Louisville Chapter board chair, and Robin Rueff, Blessings in a Backpack marketing director, about this year’s 0.5K event.

The "Race" Details

The second Blessings in a Backpack 0.5K is Saturday, June 25, 2022, and will start at 11 a.m. at Lynn Family Stadium in Butchertown.

The “race” will incorporate all the typical race elements like:

  • Thornton’s doughnuts and Quills Coffee at the starting line, to fuel you before going the distance
  • At the halfway point (that’s a whopping .15 miles in), enjoy Phocus water (caffeine!) at our “hydration station”
  • And a medical tent that may or may not be manned

At the finish line, we’ll celebrate with pizza from Craft House Pizza and drinks from Falls City Beer at a family-friendly post-race party at Lynn Family Stadium.

All “runners” will receive:

  • Oval Euro-style 0.5K sticker that you can attach to the rear window of your car to show everyone that a true athlete is behind the wheel
  • T-shirt, of course. Register by June 5 to guarantee your shirt size!
  • Participation medal (everyone gets recognized for their achievement at this event)
  • And much more!

Register to “run” (who are we kidding? The first rule of the 0.5K is no running!) at

VIP “Runner”

Don’t feel like running? Don’t think you can make it the full distance? Then register as a VIP and hitch a ride on the 0.5K VIP shuttle — a vintage VW bus named Dolly. You’ll receive exclusive swag like the terry cloth headband our ‘athletic’ model is wearing (see feature photo!).

Dolly the photo bus

Virtual Participant

Can’t make it to the 0.5K? It’s okay… register as a Virtual Participant and we will mail you the swag and medal and no one will know any different. All the swag without any of the steps! We’ll even send you a link to our Instagram page so you can watch the race live in the story.

0.5K finish line 2019

All the fun stuff aside, we are serious about the end result — to support Blessings in a Backpack’s Louisville programs. The money raised at this event will help send local kids home with backpacks full of food during the 2022/23 school year. And we’d really like your help! As a sponsor, your business will be associated with what we believe will be the funniest, coolest, and craziest event of the year. Levels start at $1,000 and include logo on marketing materials and swag, race entries, volunteer opportunities, and more!

If you would like to sponsor the 0.5K, please email for more information.

>> Click here to download our 0.5K sponsorship opportunities!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Republic Bank Logo
Craft House Pizza
Dolly Logo
Falls City Beer
Quills logo
Rachael Ice Logo
thorntons logo