August 4, 2016. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival invites runners to help celebrate registration opening for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana. The Festival will kick-off registration with a special Race for Rewards promotion on Friday, August 12th, from 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. at the Finish Line.

“We’re already busy planning next year’s races and we want runners to be as excited as we are,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “Join us at the Finish Line to help us celebrate and get a great deal on your registration.”

Runners can grab breakfast munchies at the Finish, while they register on-site for the 2017 race, snap a selfie in the photo booth, as well as spin the “Wheel of Rewards.” Participants have a chance to win various prizes with the “Wheel of Rewards” including Pasta Party tickets, discounted registration, Official Race merchandise and 10 lucky spinners will win FREE registration.  Runner swag like technical shirts will also be given out on site.

Registering early is the one way to guarantee a spot in the 2017 races – and to save money. The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017, and will again be capped at 18,000 runners.  Registration will be available online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com beginning August 12th. Early registration fees are $65 for the mini and $75 for the Marathon through October 31.

Walmart and Humana are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, The Courier-Journal, and TruMoo. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®.

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