5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Girls on the Run Louisville Fall 5k
    Run the beautiful waterfront in downtown Louisville in this 5k!  This 5k marks the end of the Girl on the Run season, but is open to everyone. The course takes place in the Louisville Waterfront Park. Registered runners will receive a shirt and bib.  Race begins at 10:00am. Carpooling is strongly suggested. Both free and fee parking will be available.
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    Louisville 18 November 2017 GOTR Louisville
    Louisville Hungry Turkey 5k
    Before you sit down for Thanksgiving, join runners for the Hungry Turkey 5k! Runners will be rewarded with a famous finish line cinnamon roll and free race photos. Registered runners will receive a two toned race hoodie.  Race begins at 9:00am and is walker friendly.
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    Louisville 23 November 2017 Louisville Hungry Turkey Run
    Pilgrimage in the Park 5K
    Take your turkey trot to the trails in this 5k race! Race begins at 8:00 am in Pulaski Park in Nancy. Runners will be treated to beautiful views of Lake Cumberland on this year's new course. Make sure to register by November 13 to guarantee a race shirt. This race is walker friendly.
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    Nancy 23 November 2017 Pilgrimage in the Park 5K Run/Walk
    Bluegrass Runners Thoroughbred Classic 5K
    Join runners at the Keeneland Race Course for this Thanksgiving 5k race! Post race apple cider, doughnuts and hot chocolate will be available for all runners. First 1000 register runners will receive a pair of Pro Compression socks. All pre registered runners will get a long sleeve tech shirt. Dogs and strollers are allowed for an extra fee.
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    Lexington 23 November 2017 Bluegrass Runners Thoroughbred Classic 5K
    Spindletop Stache & Sweater Dash 5K
    Grow out your mustache (or glue one on) and put on your best (and ugliest) holiday sweater for this 5k! Runners will receive a race shirt and there will be family friendly activities available. Proceeds of the race go to the American Lung Association. Race begins at 10:00am.
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    Lexington 2 December 2017 Spindletop Stache & Sweater Dash 5K
    Kentucky 5k
    This 5k is held at the KY Horse Park and begins at 3:00pm. Runners will receive a KY5K State Championship t-shirt and a discount to the KY Horse Park Southern Lights Holiday Festival. This is a family friendly event with a DJ that will play music while you make 3 loops around the flat course.
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    Lexington 3 December 2017 Kentucky 5k
    New Year's Dash 5k
    Start the New Year off in this New Year's Dash 5k! Course will go through downtown historic district area of Elizabethtown. Race begins at 10:00am. Dogs and strollers are welcome and the race is walker friendly.  Registered runners will receive a shirt.
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    Elizabethtown 1 January 2018 New Year's Dash 5k Run/Walk
    Frostbite 5k
    This 5k is the second race in the Polar Bear Grand Prix race series. The course will be in Cherokee Park at the Rugby field. First 600 registered runners will receive a long sleeve tech shirt. Race begins at 9:00am.  Runners who sign up for all 3 Polar Bear Grand Prix races will receive a knit hat.
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    Louisville 9 December 2017 Frostbite 5k
    Cupid's Chase 5k
    Proceeds of this 5k go to Community Options which supports those with disabilities. Register before December 31 to guarantee a race shirt. Registered runners will receive a finishers medal, goody bag and post race refreshments.  Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Bowling Green 10 February 2018 Cupid's Chase 5k

    About 5k races

    A 5k race is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well. The races have the highest ratio of women compared to other race distances.

    How did we choose the best 5k races in Kentucky? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is. Finally runners that are prone to injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Piriformis also tend to enjoy shorter races.

    What are the best 5Ks in Louisville?

    There are many to choose from here as the Louisville Area is host to many 5k races throughout its many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include Louisville Hungry Turkey 5k, Frostbite 5k and Girls on the Run Louisville Fall 5k.

    What are the best 5ks in Lexington?

    There are some great 5k races that take you on a running tour of various Lexington neighborhoods. Some notable race events to check out are Kentucky 5k, Bluegrass Runners Thoroughbred Classic 5K and Spindletop Stache & Sweater Dash 5K.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Harrods Creek Trail Bash 10k
    Proceeds of this event will benefit the newest addition to the Prospect Park System - Harrods Creek Trail. Participants will receive a race shirt, finishers award and post race chili. There will be 25 minute per mile cutoff.  There is also a 5k race as well.  Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Prospect 19 November 2017 Harrods Creek Trail Bash 5k/10k
    Rodes City Run 10k
    Come join runners in one of the oldest and longest-running road races in the region, the 38th annual Rodes City Run 10k in Louisville! This is the second race in the Louisville Triple Crown of Running series. There will be water stations and bathrooms on course.  Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Louisville 24 March 2018 Rodes City Run 10k
    Bluegrass 10,000
    This 10k race is part of Lexington's Fourth of July Festival.  Course goes through the business and historic districts of downtown Lexington. There will seven water and/or medical stations along course.  Wheelchair participants are encouraged to sign up.  Pets are not permitted at this race.
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    Lexington 4 July 2018 Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run
    Jamestown Lakefest Mike Hill 10k
    The Lakefest 10k started in 1976 as a celebration for Jamestown's bicentennial. Runners will receive a shirt and post race food and drink. Race begins at 7:30am. There is also a 5k option.
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    Jamestown 7 July 2018 Jamestown Lakefest Mike Hill 10k/5k
    Hot Hot Hundred 10k
    If you are looking for tough, steep trails, then check out the Hot Hot Hundred 10k! This race is held on a private tree farm and features a challenging, technical loop course.  All finishers will receive a handmade finishers award and a race shirt. Free onsite camping will be available to participants.
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    Wallingford 18 August 2018 Hot Hot Hundred
    The Raven 10k
    This 10k is held on Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.  The course is hilly and challenging and is run on the trail systems of the sanctuary. Sign up in advance to guarantee a race shirt. Race begins at 10:00am.
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    Lexington 30 September 2018 The Raven 10k
    Yamacraw 10k
    The course of the Yamacraw 10k is on the  Blue Heron Loop Trail in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Runners will be treated to views of the gorge, river, whitewater rapids, waterfalls and more! This challenging race has a 3 hour time limit.  Finishers will receive a finishers award.
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    Stearns 7 April 2018 Yamacraw 10k Trail Races
    YMCA of Greater Louisville Turkey Trot
    Start your holiday off with the 47th annual turkey trot hosted by YMCA of Greater Louisville! Free childcare will be available to participants. Participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be race day registration available.  Both the 10k and 5k begin at 8:00am.  The course is flat and the race begins and finished in front of the Northeast Family YMCA.
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    Louisville 24 November 2017 YMCA of Greater Louisville

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Kentucky? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10K events in Louisville?

    Louisville is Kentucky's largest city so it's no surprise that it would also host plenty of races! Notable 10k races in Louisville include Rodes City Run 10k, the Turkey Trot 10k hosted by the YMCA of Greater Louisville as well as the Louisville 10k, part of the Louisville Marathon race weekend.

    What are the best 10K trail events in Kentucky?

    Kentucky has plenty of beautiful, scenic trail races.  Some trail 10k events include Yamacraw 10k, Hot Hot Hundred 10k and Harrods Creek Trail Bash 10k.  Many of these races are challenging, with technical terrain and steep climbs, so be sure to check the race's information before signing up.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Renfro Rock N' Run Half Marathon
    The course features beautiful lake views, farmland, rustic cabins and then finishing through an under road tunnel to live music and a cheering crowd! Register early to guarantee a long sleeve tech shirt. All finishers will receive a medal. Race begins at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. There will be 9 hydration stations on course and a 3 1/2 hour time limit.
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    Renfro Valley 11 November 2017 Renfro Rock N' Run
    Honor Run Half Marathon
    This half marathon honors those who serve in the military this Veteran's Day weekend.  Race begins and finishes at the Florence Y'ALL water tower.  Register runners will receive a shirt and post race food and drink.  Finishers will receive a medal.  Participants must maintain at 15:00/mile pace.
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    Florence 11 November 2018 Honor Run Half Marathon
    Louisville Half Marathon
    Registered runners will receive a half zip micro fleece pull over and all finishers will receive a medal and a slice of Famous Kern's Kitchen Derby Pie at the finish line! Post race beer sampling will be available to runners over 21. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Louisville 12 November 2017 Louisville Marathon
    The Gobbler Half Marathon
    Run through the beautiful bluegrass horse country in the Gobbler Half Marathon! Stick around afterwards for the post race festivities include free post race massage, food, DJ and more! Course has a 3 hour 15 minute limit. Long sleeve tech race shirts are available on first come first serve basis.
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    Lexington 18 November 2017 The Gobbler Half Marathon
    Christmas on the Country Music Highway Half Marathon
    Get in the Christmas Spirit with this holiday themed half marathon! This race is a flat, fast double out and back loop runs along Island Creek. Note that the roads are not closed  during the race.    Finishers will receive a medal. Race begins at 8:00 am.
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    Paintsville 2 November 2017 Christmas on the Country Music Highway Half Marathon
    The Lucky Leprechaun Half Marathon
    Runners will run through horse country in this scenic half marathon race. Race begins and finishes at the Falling Springs Recreation Center.  Post race entertainment and mini massages will be available to all runners.  Runners will receive a shirt and finishers will receive a medal.  Participants must maintain 15 minutes per mile pace.
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    Versailles 10 March 2018 The Lucky Leprechaun Half Marathon
    America's Prettiest Half Marathon
    This half marathon lives up to its name.  Runners will be treated to beautiful views on a mix of rolling hills and flat sections. Runners will begin and end at Keeneland Race Course and run through majestic Thoroughbred Farms and a section of Kentucky's historic Old Frankfort Pike. Runners will receive a lightweight vintage race hoodie with the option to upgrade.
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    Lexington 31 March 2018 Run the Bluegrass
    Viking Dash Trail Half Marathon
    Looking for a challenge?  Then check out the Viking Dash Half Marathon! Race will take place at Horine Reserve - Jefferson Memorial Forest. Finishers will receive a two sided viking sword and battle axe medal.  First 200 registrants will receive a commemorative pint glass. All runners will receive a shirt and BBQ at the post race festival.
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    Louisville 26 May 2018 Viking Dash
    Urban Bourban Half Marathon
    You won't want to miss the post race party at this half marathon! Runners must be 21 or older to race.  Runners will be able to sample a variety of bourbon as well as enjoy local pizza and beer.  Runners will also be treated to live music as well. Swag includes race shirt, virtual goodie bag and a finishers medal.
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    Louisville 22 October 2018 Urban Bourban Half Marathon

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Kentucky? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in Louisville?

    Kentucky's largest city is host to plenty of running races.  Some of the more notable races include Urban Bourban Half Marathon and Louisville Half Marathon.   Other nearby Half Marathons include Honor Run Half Marathon and the Lucky Leprechaun Half Marathon.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Louisville Marathon
    This Boston Qualifier marathon features a mix of flat sections and 5 challenging hills. Participants will receive a half zip micro fleece pullover, finishers medal and a piece of Famous Kern's Kitchen Derby Pie.  Post race beer sampling will be available to runners over 21. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Louisville 12 November 2017 Louisville Marathon
    Otter Creek Marathon
    If you are looking for a beginner trail marathon, check out the Otter Creek Marathon! This single track 3 loop course features beautiful pine trees, rolling hills and creek views.  After party includes the Otter Chili Cook-Off.  All finishers will receive a wooden hand carved medal and a long sleeve race shirt or hoodie (TBD).  Race begins at 8:00am at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.
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    Brandenburg 16 December 2017 Otter Creek
    Land Between The Lakes Trail Marathon
    Runners will be treated to beautiful views in this trail marathon! Race begins at Kentucky Lake and make their way through Canal Loop trail in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area to the rolling hills of the Barkley Lake side then back to Kentucky Lake. Finisher will receive a special custom medal and post race food. All runners will receive a tech shirt, running cap and drawstring backpack.  Race begins at 6:30am. T
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    Grand Rivers 10 March 2018 Land Between The Lakes
    Riverboat Series Day 5 Marathon
    The Day 5 marathon in the Riverboat series takes place at Columbus-Belmont State Park. Runners will complete the two loop course 12 times.  The course features views of the Mississippi River and makes it way through the Civil War Earthworks.  There will be a giant aid station stocked with various food and drink at the start/finish line. Race begins at 6:30am with an early start option at 5:30am. Finishers will receive a medal and t-shirt.  Race series has a "no runner left behind" policy.
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    Columbus 19 April 2018 Riverboat Series
    Derby Festival Marathon
    This marathon is part of the month long Kentucky Derby Festival celebration. This race is a Boston Qualifier and has a 6 hour time limit.  Runners will receive a gender specific tech shirt and finishers medal. Post race festival will be at the Waterfront Park and will have post race refreshments for participants. Medal engraving will be available onsite.
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    Louisville 28 April 2018 Derby Festival Marathon
    Backside Trail Marathon
    If you are looking for a challenge, check out this trail marathon! Course features plenty of rolling hills on single track through both Seneca Park and Cherokee Park. Marathon runners will complete the 13.1 mile course twice. There will be 3 aid stations on course. Runners will receive a handcrafted medal and unisex shirt.  Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Louisville 28 April 2018 Backside Trail Marathon
    Horse Capital Marathon
    Join runners at the Horse Capital of the World in this marathon! Runners will make their way through horse country on rolling, scenic country roads and will pass more than 40 horse farms! Race has a 6 hour 15 minutes course limit. Participants will receive a tech shirt and finishers medal.  Post race food will be available for all participants.
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    Lexington 19 May 2018 Horse Capital Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Kentucky? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathons in Louisville? 

    Being the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is the host to many races.  If you are looking for a trail race, be sure to check out the Backside Trail Marathon.  If you are looking for a big city road race, there is the Louisville Marathon, Derby Festival Marathon and the Horse Capital Marathon.

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