Lucky Kidney Run™ | East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™

Lucky Kidney Run™

Lucky Kidney Run™

sponsored by WATE-6 & Q100.3Country


Why Lucky “Kidney” Run?

Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans has kidney disease? That’s 30 million people! However, 96% of those with early kidney disease (stages 1 and 2) don’t even know they have CKD. And of those with severely reduced kidney function, (stage 4) but not on dialysis, 48%, are not aware of having the disease.*

Registration is open for our 2019 Lucky Kidney Run™! The Lucky Kidney Run™ will begin at 10am on Saturday, March 16th, 2019, featuring 6K & 2K courses, beginning & ending in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. The 6k course is an out-and-back down Gay Street, through the Historic 4th & Gill neighborhood. The 2K course is a similar out-and-back down Gay Street, turning down several side streets and circling back to Gay. Awards ceremony to follow at approximately 10:45am.

Registration fee includes 6K or 2K race entry, a custom-designed, high-quality race shirt and a race packet full of race information and swag. Regular registration is $35/person for ages 13+; registration for children 9-12 years old is $20/person but does NOT include a race shirt; registration for children ages 8 and under is FREE but does NOT include a race shirt. Extra race shirts may be purchased online during registration process, or in person at early packet pickup (while supplies last). Shirt sizes are available in youth and adult sizes.

LATE registration will increase ​BY $5 ​(​$40 for ages 13+; $25 for ages 9-12; ages 8 & under will remain FREE)​ starting March 1st, 2019, at midnight (12:00am). You may also register in person at packet pickup on Friday, March 15th, 2019, at the Ticket Sales Booth at Knox Shamrock Fest™, in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, 3p-7p.

Race Day Registration will available between the hours of 7am – 9am on Saturday, March 16th. Race Day Registration will Close at 9:00am. *Due to the expected number of registrants on race day, we STRONGLY encourage you and your group to register early ONLINE.


Did you know that an estimated 1 in 7 people in the United States has kidney disease? That’s 30 million people!

The Lucky Kidney Run™ is a large fund raiser for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Please support our local mission of improving the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease; 100% of funds raised stay right here in East Tennessee and help people with whom we work and play and those whom we care for and love.

ETKF asks for your help in making this a strong and successful fund raising event. No donation or fundraising goal is too small! RunSignUp’s personalized fundraiser pages with options to load pictures, social media sharing, scrolling list of donors and other new features make is easy and fun to contribute to ETKF’s mission. Create a unique team name so friends and family can easily locate and attribute their donations to your fundraising goal. Some companies offer matching donations by simply completing a form with HR; ask your company to support your fundraiser, or to sponsor a team!


Volunteers are needed for both the Lucky Kidney Run™ and the Market Square Irish Festival on both Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th. This is a favorite event of students needing community service hours for Tennessee Promise and school-related requirements. We happily accept groups of volunteers as well as children, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian age 21 years or older. If you are interested in helping with alcohol sales, email for pre-approval. All volunteers receive FREE volunteer shirt. ​Click here to VOLUNTEER! We need you to make our event a success! Thank you!

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Sponsorship Opportunities – Lucky Kidney Run

Knox Shamrock Fest Vendor Application & Agreement

*Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017

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