Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
KHS to Host 1st Kentucky History Half Marathon Oct. 3

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 31, 2015  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489

FRANKFORT, Ky. – More than 500 runners from central Kentucky and beyond will converge on the state capital, Oct. 3, for the inaugural running of the Kentucky History Half Marathon – the first road race in the state to celebrate Kentucky’s vibrant history.


The charitable event, featuring a challenging 13.1-mile course as well as 10K and 5K races, will benefit the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). The half marathon is part of the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games held during October.


“We were looking for a fun way to build more awareness about what we do,” said Kent Whitworth, KHS executive director. “Several of us here at the historical society are runners, and we’ve seen firsthand how the sport has taken off in popularity around the state. We thought merging history and running would be a great fit.”


The new Kentucky History Half Marathon promises to be a scenic, running tour of historic Frankfort. Starting and ending in the middle of the city next to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History runners will weave throughout the city’s downtown district before heading out and circling the Capitol Grounds.


From there, they will run some might say “climb” U.S. 60 to one of the highlights of the course, “The Mile of Remembrance,” a stunning loop through historic Frankfort Cemetery. The second half of the race features a stretch along Kentucky River View Park and a lap around Buffalo Trace Distillery.


The Kentucky History Half Marathon is made possible in part through major support from Kentucky Employees Credit Union and through the generosity of Jackson Construction, Kentucky Sports Authority, the Lexington Herald-Leader, Frankfort Parks and Recreation and WTVQ-36.


The event also is part of a new fall racing series, “The Kentucky Mad Halfers,” featuring three half-marathons in just over a month: the Kentucky History Half Marathon, Oct. 3; the bg 26.2 & Half Marathon in Bowling Green, Nov. 1; and the Renfro Rock ‘n’ Run in Renfro Valley on Nov. 14.


For more information on the Kentucky History Half Marathon including how to register, how to volunteer, course maps, a historical guide to the race and more visit


The Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games feature a variety of outdoor events held across the state during October. These events illustrate the beauty of the outdoors in Kentucky, as well as the many adventure tourism opportunities.


For more information about the games, visit:


To find information about all of the outdoor opportunities and locations, as well as a calendar of events happening all across Kentucky, visit the Office of Adventure Tourism’s website at