The Greatest Half in History

The Greatest Half in History

Frankfort, KY September 30, 2017


In case you missed the reveal party! We had a great time with our KECU friends at the runners’ tee and medal reveal party recently. In case you weren’t able to join us, here’s a look at the designs for this year. All you need do to earn them is show up at the break of dawn and run 13.1 challenging miles up and down the hills of Frankfort in what could be either simmering or freezing temperatures — in the past two years, we’ve experienced them both! What could be easier?!

(Don’t worry — we’ve incorporated a few flat areas in our courses, too.) 10K and 5K runners, you’ll earn the same.


Speaking of party!
Don’t forget to ‘Party on the Lawn’ with the Louisville Crashers! 

Yes we have the big race on Saturday morning, but why not join the fun early on Friday night (Sept. 29) for our Pre-Race Party and a special family-friendly outdoor concert featuring one of the region’s most popular cover bands, the Louisville Crashers, and Frankfort’s own rocking mayor, Bill May? The party/concert will take place in a beautiful setting on the historic grounds of the Old State Capitol from 7:30-10pm, a short walk from the packet pickup site at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.  We’ll have a VIP tent serving light food for all runners and sponsors of the race plus activities for the kids on the OSC porch.  Just show your race bib at the VIP tent to join in the fun. And if you need to quench your thirst, don’t forget to visit the West Sixth Brewery truck, which will be donating 25 percent of their profits to the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation.  

Book it, Danno!

Out-of-towners coming in for the KY History Half can enjoy a special rate, $99/night + tax, which includes breakfast, at the official KY History Half hotel. The Capital Plaza Hotel is in a great location in downtown Frankfort, within easy walking distance of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and the KY History Half starting line.  If you need a room on Friday and/or Saturday night race weekend, click here or give them a call at 502/227-5100 and ask for the KY History Half Marathon rate. Act quickly as this courtesy block of rooms is first come, first served.

 Don’t forget to sign up the kids for the children’s activities

As we’ve said, the KY History Half has activities for the entire family, but limited space is available for some, so don’t miss out. Click here for details and to sign up today.

Stay up to date on Facebook

Be sure to follow the KY History Half on Facebook to stay up to date on information about the race and to join in the conversation with your fellow runners.


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.  And this year it’s even more special, as it’s Kentucky’s 225th birthday. To celebrate, we’ll offer birthday cake at Packet Pickup, we’ll party on the Old State Capitol Lawn with music from Mayor Bill May and the Louisville Crashers and feature a lineup of events for the entire family. So pack up your running shoes and the kids, too, and head for beautiful Frankfort, Ky, to take on the greatest half in history!

On race day, you will truly “run through history,” passing fascinating historical sitimg_5559es 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 portion of the race. Click here to learn more about the historic sites along this amazing course.

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.

Click RunSignUp to register now.

You’re the best!

Thanks again to all our participants, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff who help make the KY History Half a success! We especially want to thank KECU for once again signing on as major sponsor of the event. And welcome aboard to our newest sponsor, LEX18 TV! You can count on them to make sure we all have a great time race day!

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Check out all our great sponsors — or learn how your company or organization can become a part of this popular event — by clicking here.


Enjoy these scenes from the 2016 KY History Half.