Fayette County

A midsummer night's splash and dash

First-place runner David Mutuse crossed the finish line at A Midsummer Night's Run on Saturday. He was alone at the front a half-mile into the race.
First-place runner David Mutuse crossed the finish line at A Midsummer Night's Run on Saturday. He was alone at the front a half-mile into the race.

As the sky darkened and debris swirled around the CentrePointe lot at East Main Street and Limestone during The Fastest Kid in Town race Saturday evening, parents grabbed their children and headed for cover.

The children's race was interrupted, and the 5K Midsummer Night's Run was delayed about 10 minutes because of a thunderstorm that swept through downtown Lexington just before 7 p.m.

Joanna Beall had just congratulated her daughter, Madison, 4, with a high-five for completing her race, and the little girl was asking about trophies when the crowd was told to take cover. Madison was informed that no one would receive a trophy.

"I thought it was adorable," Beall said. "She was determined."

Parents quickly ran into the library and nearby parking garages as the rain began to fall.

The Midsummer Night's Run started about 8:40 p.m.

Officials with Central Baptist Hospital's annual event attempted to complete The Fastest Kid in Town event a few times but decided to cancel the race because of lighting and thunder, hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers said, adding it's the first time since she's been with the hospital that the event has been rained out.

However, 3,442 people still completed the 5K.

"People were undeterred by the weather," Childers said.

A weakened storm from the south calmed by about 7:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Louisville, with light to moderate rain continuing until about 9:45 p.m.

There were new courses and locations for the community event this year because of ongoing improvements on sidewalks and roads in the downtown area. Childers said many people told her they preferred the new route.

Read more about the 5K race on Page C6.

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