The Greatest Half in History

Coming 9.29.2018. Registration is open!

Spring is here, so celebrate with a fall race!

Whether you’re looking for a good training race before your big fall marathon, exploring new challenges by tackling your first ever half marathon (or 10K or 5K!), or need to check a state capital off your list the KY History Half is here for you!

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Race Day: September 29, 2018
Race Start: 8:00 am (Half); 8:15 am (5K/10K)
Race Location: Frankfort, Kentucky



carding woolThe KY History Half isn’t just for adults–our Children’s Activities make it possible for kids to have a great time, too!  Visit the Kids+More section of this site to learn more about the two unique opportunities for your children during the race!

Option 1: Racing Through History Camp (drop your child off for a unique experience facilitated by our KHS Learning Team).

Option 2: A Kentucky Journey Marathon Seek and Find (All ages, but children must be accompanied by a chaperone).

They’re back!


For the 4th straight year — since the very first KY History Half — Kentucky Employees Credit Union has signed on as our major sponsor.

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And LEX-18 just committed to its second year of sponsorship. We really appreciate the support of these fantastic organizations. We hope you’ll help us return the favor by supporting them, too. Thanks!

Learn how your company or organization can become a part of this popular event by clicking here.

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What’s so special about the KY History Half?

The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s only half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.  To top things off, this charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society in its mission to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

On race day, you will truly “run through history,” past fascinating historical sites and monuments including the imposing KY Military History Museum, the classically beautiful Old State Capitol and the simply beautiful Garrard-Crittenden house, to name just a few.  You will even have the chance to run past the grave sites of Daniel and Rebecca Boone during the “Mile of Remembrance.” Click here to learn more about the historic sites along this amazing course.

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Enjoy these scenes from the 2016 KY History Half.