Also features 5K and 10K
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2015) — More than 500 runners are expected to converge on the state capital on Oct. 3 for the inaugural running of the Kentucky History Half Marathon — the first road race in the state to celebrate Kentucky’s vibrant history.
The charitable event, featuring a challenging 13.1-mile course as well as 10K and 5K races, will benefit the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). The half marathon is part of the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games held during October.
“We were looking for a fun way to build more awareness about what we do,” said Kent Whitworth, KHS executive director. “Several of us here at the historical society are runners, and we’ve seen firsthand how the sport has taken off in popularity around the state. We thought merging history and running would be a great fit.”
The new Kentucky History Half Marathon promises to be a scenic, running tour of historic Frankfort. Starting and ending in the middle of the city — next to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History – runners will weave throughout the city’s downtown district before heading out and circling the Capitol Grounds.
From there, they will run — some might say “climb” Z— U.S. 60 to one of the highlights of the course, “The Mile of Remembrance,” a stunning loop through historic Frankfort Cemetery. The second half of the race features a stretch along Kentucky River View Park and a lap around Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The event also is part of a new fall racing series, “The Kentucky Mad Halfers,” featuring three half-marathons in just over a month: the Kentucky History Half Marathon, Oct. 3; the bg 26.2 & Half Marathon in Bowling Green, Nov. 1; and the Renfro Rock ‘n’ Run in Renfro Valley on Nov. 14.