Dec. 10, 2015, Louisville, KY.   If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races.  Registration for the FREE program, opens online this Friday, December 11, at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, and to participate in the Derby Festival Marathon or miniMarathon receive a free t-shirt. The kick-off for the program is set for Jan. 14, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Waggener High School. 

The first meeting includes distribution of a free training manual; free gifts from Norton Sports Health; overview of the Marathon and miniMarathon; introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Team including orthopedic surgeons and nonsurgical orthopedic physicians specializing in sports health, professional athletic trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists with specialized experience in caring for athletes; and a question-and-answer session for all participants.

The 43rd annual 13.1-mile miniMarathon and 15th annual 26.2-mile Marathon will be held on Saturday, April 30th

This is Norton Sports Health’s fourth year as title sponsor and official training partner and medical provider.  They are joined by contributing sponsor, Swags Sport Shoes, and media sponsor, 102.3 The Max.

Norton Sports Health, a part of Norton Healthcare, is one of the Louisville area’s leading sports-related injury prevention and treatment programs. From professional, collegiate and high school competitors to those who just want to stay fit, Norton Sports Health provides advanced care for athletes and active individuals of all ages. The Norton Sports Health are experts in treating sports-related injuries. In addition to treating sports injuries, these specialists are involved in research to gain a better understanding of why athletes become injured. The Norton Sports Health team includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, nonsurgical orthopedic specialists, neurologists, nutritionists, a sports psychologist, athletic trainers and physical therapists who work together to design customized programs to meet each patient’s specific needs. More information is available at www.NortonHealthcare.com/SportsHealth.

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.  


June 21 - June 21