March 13, 2018. Louisville, KY. – If you’ve been waiting to register for the miniMarathon or Marathon, don’t put it off any longer! This is the last week you can save on registration for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana. Registration fees are set to increase on Friday, March 16. For runners who register by midnight on Thursday, March 15, entry fees will be $85 for the miniMarathon and $95 for the Marathon. Beginning March 16, entry fees increase to $95 for the mini and $105 for the Marathon.
The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon is still the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. 2018 races are set for Saturday, April 28. Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at Preston and Witherspoon streets.
For runners who don’t want to go the distance of the mini or full Marathon, they can recruit friends and register as a team. In conjunction with the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, the Marathon Team Relay option is again being offered. The Team Relay registration fee is $325. Teams can consist of up to 5 runners and have as few as 3 competing members. Relay Teams will run the same course as the Marathon, which has been divided into 5 separate legs consisting of two 5k, two 10k, and a 12.2k.
Online registration for individual runners and teams is open at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.
Humana is Presenting Sponsor of the miniMarathon and Marathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Official Pace Team: Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.