August 27, 2018. Louisville, KY. – Runners mark your calendars! Registration for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Humana opens on Wednesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The Festival is kicking off registration at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, discounted VIP rates and deals on race gear. Plus, the Festival’s Race Referral Program returns, which could earn runners free registration for the 2019 event.

Said Shanna Ward, Race Director, “Runners looking for the best deals, will want to register during the first 24 hours. It will guarantee their spot in the 2019 race and get them the lowest rates for next year’s event.”

  • Registration will open at $55 for the miniMarathon and $65 for the Marathon. Only a limited number of spots will be available at that price point. The price will increase throughout the first 24 hours as more people register.
  • In those first 24 hours, runners will also have the opportunity to upgrade to the VIP Experience at a discounted rate. VIP returns in 2019 with express access to the Race Expo & Packet Pick-up; reserved parking at the Start/Finish Line; private restrooms and changing area at the Finish Line; VIP Finish Line Hospitality catered by ZEGGZ; complimentary runner recovery stretching; and unique photo opportunities. (Limited VIP tickets available.)
  • Plus, the Derby Festival will offer a special deal on race gear at discounted prices (and limited quantities) that first 24 hours.

It also pays to have friends for this year’s road races. The Festival’s Race Referral Program returns in 2019. After registering, each runner receives a special link to share on social media. If their friends register using that link, the runner will earn credit back toward their registration fee at a rate of $25 per 5 runner referrals (up to $75 maximum refund).

The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon is still the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. 2019 races are set for Saturday, April 27, and will mark the 46th annual miniMarathon and 18th annual Marathon. Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at Preston and Witherspoon streets.

Humana is Presenting Sponsor of the miniMarathon and Marathon. The Official Race Medical Partner & Training Partner is Norton Sports Health. Contributing Sponsors are Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®. Official Hotel: The Galt House.

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