Freelance journalist Alan Beisler and photographer Larry Bartsch take you on a tour behind the scenes of the 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children at the WHAS11 studios in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He introduces you to donors and volunteers who make the Crusade an annual labor of love and support from the community.
Learn more about the Crusade
The WHAS Crusade for Children funds more than 200 agencies, schools and hospitals each year. These funds help make life better for children with special needs.
Funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children is giving the Family Enrichment Center a boost in resources to serve children’s needs during difficult times through their Parents as Teachers program.
Since 2007 the Family Enrichment Center has received $117,000 in Crusade funding to help families.
In an effort to help more runners and walkers in the Kentuckiana area embrace a healthy lifestyle and achieve the goal of completing the three-race series, Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM race officials have announced the dates for the 2019 race series.
2019 Louisville Triple Crown of Running Dates
Saturday, February 23rd
Rodes City Run 10K
Saturday, March 9th
Papa John’s 10 Miler
Saturday, March 23rd
The Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM is a series of well-established road races of varying distances. Runners may participate in any or all three “legs” but must enter and finish all three in the series to be eligible. Participants of the series will receive a T-shirt (in addition to individual race shirts) and the official winner of the series will also receive a special award. There is no additional entry fee required to participate.
More than $1.8 million to the Crusade!
With the help of our participants, sponsors and volunteers, the Triple Crown just keeps getting BETTER! The Louisville Triple Crown of Running has contributed more than $1.8 million to the WHAS Crusade for Children to help improve the lives of special needs children.
The 65th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children will kick off with a Variety Show headlined by The Misty Mountain String Band. They will be joined by many other great performers including this year’s AMERICAN IDOL contestants Cody Martin and Emmy Bodner, plus 1200 and The Free Soul Effect. Many other Crusade favorites will be performing like Patrick Henry Hughes, Melissa Combs, Todd Hildreth and the Crusade Quintet, magician David Garrard, the Diane Moore Dancers, the Miracle Dancers and more!
Show time is 7:00PM (EDT) at the The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Bomhard Theater in Louisville, KY.
Admission is FREE! Seating is first come, first served.
WHAS11’s Rachel Platt and 840WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will emcee the Crusade Variety Show.
The WHAS Crusade for Children telethon begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 2 with fire departments, civic groups, organizations and companies reporting donations. The Crusade telethon concludes at 7:00pm on Sunday, June 3. As always, it’ll air in its entirety on WHAS11 TV, 840WHAS radio and WHAS11.com.
In its first 65 years, the WHAS Crusade has raised over $175 million for children with special needs. 100% of all donations are returned in the form of grants to agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs.
The WHAS Crusade for Children is America’s most successful local telethon!
Misty Mountain String Band kicks it off
Thrilled and excited to be a part of the 65th Crusade, the Misty Mountain String Band will kick it all off with a free concert at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater at 7:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 2.
Drawing influence from old-time music, Americana, bluegrass, and songs of labor and protest, Misty Mountain
String Band doesn’t stray far from their upbringings in Kentucky and Virginia. Formed as a pickup group for an old-time camp revival, MMSB has evolved into a professional band that’s as at home playing with the Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra as at bluegrass festivals with Americana favorites. The group connects with fans of folk music around the world, sharing unique string band music written for today but informed by tradition.
MMSB has universal appeal, combining high energy with charismatic storytelling and a warm, conversational
Fiddle / Neal Green
Bass / Derek Harris
Banjo and Mandolin / Paul Martin
Guitar / Frankie Leo
Watch the Misty Mountain String Band
Photos and entry forms for the 11th annual Crusade Children’s Calendar must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
It’s the 11th annual Crusade Children’s Calendar! The WHAS Crusade for Children is creating a 15-month calendar that will begin in October, 2018.
The contest is open to children who are not older than 5-years-old by June 1, 2018.
How it works
As child photos are submitted, they will be seen here on WHASCrusade.org. People then vote for their favorite child by sending in donations to the Crusade. The child with the most donations (votes) will appear on the calendar cover. The child with the second most donations will appear on his or her favorite month. Third place will choose his or her month and so on til all months are filled. Please read the official rules below.
The Crusade will have professional photos taken of the top 16 children and those are the photos that will appear in the calendar. All children will be included in the calendar. Those who don’t make the top 16 will get day and date spots chosen in finishing order. Vote getter number 17 will get first choice of day and date, then number 18, etc.
Get started here
All entrants must fill out the Calendar Entry Form.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Read the complete rules below
2. Click on the graphics below to download the forms
3. Fill out the ENTRY form
4. Email or mail the completed ENTRY form, $25 entry fee and baby picture
Send in your child’s photo and entry forms!
Those interested, must send in one (1) child photo or CD containing one (1) child photo. The photo will not be returned.
Email your photo, Calendar Entry Form plus the $25 entry fee to:
To e-mail Deandra, click here
Via Postal Service
Mail your photo, Calendar Entry Form and $25 entry fee to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Photos and entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
Call (502) 582-7706
Read these complete rules
1. The WHAS Crusade for Children will create a 15-month calendar starting October, 2018.
2. The contest is open to children who are not older than 5 years by June 1, 2018.
3. One child photo or CD with photo and child’s name must be submitted and will not be returned.
4. Parent(s) must check the box on the ENTRY FORM RELEASE AGREEMENT allowing use of child’s image.
5. Photos & entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
6. All child photos will be posted on www.WHASCrusade.org
7. The Crusade will photograph the top 16 children for calendar publication.
8. Winners will be determined by the largest monetary donation (voting by contribution).
9. All donations must be received by 4:00pm EDT May 25, 2018.
10. The winner will be featured on the calendar cover.
11. The second place winner gets first choice of a specific month.
12. The third place winner gets second choice of a specific month.
13. The fourth through 16th winners will get choice of the remaining months.
14. The winners finishing 17th and beyond will get choice of specific days in the year.
15. The top 16 finalists will receive one free 8″x10″ photo.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 64 years, the Crusade has raised more than $175 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade for Children is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
The race will start promptly at 8:00 AM Saturday, March 10. Wheelchair participants will begin one minute prior. The start line will be at the intersection of Brook Street and East Market Street. The flat and fast course will run south on Brook Street, then wind through downtown and finish on Main Street, just west of Louisville Slugger Field.
Registration fee if registered online from March 4 – March 9, 2018 is $45.
Weather looks fantastic!
Leg One of The Louisville Triple Crown of Running
The Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM presented by Planet Fitness is a series of well-established road races of varying distances. Runners may participate in any or all three “legs” but must enter and finish all three in the series to be eligible*. Participants of the series will receive a T-shirt (in addition to individual race shirts) and the official winner of the series will also receive a special award. There is no additional entry fee required to participate.
In an effort to help more runners and walkers in the Kentuckiana area embrace a healthy lifestyle and achieve the goal of completing the three-race series, Louisville Triple Crown of Running race officials have announced the dates for the 2018 race series: Saturday, March 10th will be the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, followed by the Rodes City Run 10K on Saturday, March 24th and the Papa John’s 10 Miler on Saturday, April 7th!
Facts about The Louisville Triple Crown of Running
June 3, 2017, The Louisville Triple Crown of Running donated nearly $78,000 to the WHAS Crusade for Children on behalf of the running community. This achievement placed the Triple Crown series’ donation in 2nd under “Organizations” and 4th in overall (including the fire departments) donors. The 3-race series has contributed over $1.8 million to the Crusade for Children since 2002.
In 2009, the series replaced the ChampionChip race timing system with the new state-of-the-art ChronoTrack Timing System with the disposable D-tag. In 2010, all three Triple Crown events went with today’s ‘B-tag’ disposable bib chip. CLICK HERE for additional information on this state-of-the-art timing system.
In 2007, The Louisville Triple Crown of Running offered the first Team Challenges for all events.
On June 24, 2003, Triple Crown Race Organizers announced the “NEW” Louisville Triple Crown of Running for 2004, omitting the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and featuring the Anthem 5k Fitness Classic.
Each year, nearly 20,000 runners participate in at least one of the three events.
Over 4,000 hardy runners complete the annual series and earn the Triple Crown T-shirt and bragging rights each year.
There is no additional entry fee required to participate.
The first Triple Crown of Running took place in 1984 and featured the Rodes City Run 10K, the Run for the Arts 15K (sponsored by the former Liberty National Bank) and the KDF miniMarathon.
The only runners to win all three consecutive races and capture the Triple Crown of Running were Luisa Hamm in 1984 (Triple Crown debut), John Wellerding in 1986, Stan Clark in 1991, Camille Estes in 1993, Mary Anne Lyons-Tonini in 1996, 1997 & 1998, and Jim Estes in 1999. The 2001 Triple Crown Winners were (Women’s Division) Christina Wells, (Wheelchair Division) Chad Johnson; 2002 Winners were James Mutuse, Christina Wells and Chad Johnson; and 2004 and 2007 featured Susie Bush and Jamie King-Oshea, respectively, as winners of the Triple Crown series. In 2008, Erin Nehus, and in 2009 Camille Herron, respectively won the Triple Crown in the female division. In 2012, Pius Nyantika won the Triple Crown series in the men’s division while shattering the course record in the RCR 10K. Ernest Kibet swept the 3-race series in 2017.
Runners consistently use the series races as a training schedule to condition themselves for the local mini/Marathon and/or regional or national marathon events.
In 1997, the Louisville Triple Crown of Running gained national attention when the series was highlighted in two issues (January & February) of Runner’s World Magazine.