November 10, 2023, Louisville, KY.   – Put a little prep in your step! The Kentucky Derby Festival and Norton Sports Health are ready to run with their annual Training Program for the 2023 GE Appliances miniMarathon and Marathon. The FREE 15-week program is packed with in-person training options to get participants ready for Kentucky’s largest day of road racing on April 29, 2023. Registration for the Norton Sports Health Training Program opens online Tuesday, Nov. 15 at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

“No matter your experience level or which distance you choose, the Norton Sports Health Training Program is a safe and successful way to train, get connected with other participants and stay on course for the Festival’s road races,” said Chris Martini, KDF Race Director. “Whether it’s your first race, or an annual tradition, this program will help you meet your goals and cross the finish line.”

The free Training Program includes a complete training guide, in-person weekly group runs, hill & track work, yoga, nutrition and more for participants at all levels of experience. The first 800 to register to participate in the Training Program will also receive a free tech shirt. (Once all tech shirts are claimed, registrants will still be able to register to participate in the training program, however shirts are only promised to the first 800).

Orientation for the Norton Sports Health Training Program is set for Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The January meeting includes distribution of the free training manual, as well as the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Norton Sports Health Team before training begins. Training runs will take place weekly starting January 14 and go through the week of the race.

Norton Sports Health has been the Title Sponsor of the Training Program for more than a decade.

“Norton Healthcare is excited to once again offer the Norton Sports Health Training Program for this event,” said Russell F. Cox, President and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon are a fabric of our community, and we want to support this tradition by helping athletes succeed while also keeping them safe and healthy.”

Registration is also open for the 2023 GE Appliances miniMarathon and Marathon at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. One of the top road races in the country, participants come from all 50 states and many countries to run at this springtime tradition. 2023 also marks an historic milestone, as it’s the 50th run of the miniMarathon. It will be the 22nd annual Marathon.

Norton Sports Health returns for the 11th year as Title Sponsor of the Training Program, as well as the Official Training Partner and Medical Provider for the mini and Marathon. They are joined by Contributing Sponsors GE Appliances, a Haier Company, and Swags Sport Shoes; as well as Media Sponsor 99.7 DJX.


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