Why should I participate in this race?

We’re so glad you asked!  Here’s the short answer:  The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s only half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.  On race day, you will truly “run through history,” passing fascinating historical sites and monuments including the imposing KY Military History Museum, the classically beautiful Old State Capitol building, and the simply beautiful Garrard-Crittendon 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.  And 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.

Okay–so our “short answer” was pretty long.  Our excuse is this:  the KY History Half is an absolutely “epic” experience–that you will remember forever, whether you run the half marathon, 10K or 5K.  But if you want an even longer answer, you can learn more about the Kentucky Historical Society and how you can become a part of this great organization at www.history.ky.gov.

Who can participate in the KY History Half Marathon, 10K and 5K?

Everyone!  All fitness levels and ages are invited to participate, whether you want to run, join in at one of our official “Cheer Spots,” at one of our sponsors’ locations, or, for kids aged 5-12, join in on our Children’s Activities.

How do I register for the KY History Half Marathon, 10K or 5K?

Registration is powered by RunSignup.com.  Click here to select your event—and register.

Will day-of registration be available?

We highly recommend pre-race registration (to ensure you receive the best price and to give us time to have your T-shirt and medal ready for you the day of the event), but you can register the day of the event from 6:45-7:30 AM at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

How much does it cost to register for the KY History Half?

Register today and save!  Current pricing is as follows:

KY History Half Marathon                      KY History Half 10K              KY History Half 5K

Will you be offering KY History Half training runs?

Yes!  You can learn about our training runs on this site or on our Facebook page.

Where and when is packet pickup? (Please have your bib number with you.)

Packet pickup will be available on:

September 27,  Noon-7 p.m.
Race Day (September 28), 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

at the

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W. Broadway,
Frankfort, KY 40601

Can someone else pick my packet up for me?

Yes, if they bring a copy of your registration receipt you received when you registered online at RunSignUp.com.

Is there race day packet pickup?

While we prefer that our runners pick up their packets on Friday we will offer race day packet pickup from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

What is the transfer policy?

You may transfer your registration to another runner at no charge until Aug. 1, 2019. From Aug. 2-Sept. 27, 2019, transfers can be made for a $15 charge. There will be no race transfers after Sept.27.

If I want to change race divisions from one race (i.e., 13.1) to another race (i.e., 10K) how do I do that?

You can transfer your registration to a different event until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 26. Follow the procedure below to complete your event transfer:

  • Sign in to RunSignUp
  • Go to your Profile
  • Click ‘My Registered Races’
  • Click ‘Manage Registration’ next to the registration that you would like to transfer your event for
  • Click the ‘Transfer Event’ menu item
  • Click the ‘Start Transfer’ button
  • Select your new event from the event drop-down

Agree to the waiver and click ‘Continue’

Because this is a charitable race event, we are unable to provide race refunds under any circumstances. If you switch to a higher race division, you will be asked to pay the difference in registration cost.

Where do I park on Friday to pick up my packet?

Free parking is available in the Depot Parking Lot on the corner of Ann St. and Broadway.

Where do I park on race morning?

Please visit the parking map located under the race info tab on the main page.

Do you have a gear check where I can leave items to be picked up after the race?

We will have a gear check where you can drop off gear/items before the race and pickup after the race. The gear check will coincide with your bib number.

What are the age group divisions for awards (note: age groups are awarded for the Half Marathon only)?

Awards will be provided to the top 3 in male/female in the following age groups:

0-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+

Are there awards for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon?

Yes there will be awards in all three races for overall top 3 male/female, and awards in the Half Marathon for top 3 male/female in the age groups (listed above).

Which race(s) have finisher’s medals?

Finisher’s medals will be awarded for the first 300 Half Marathon registrants, 150 10K registrants and 200 5K registrants!  Register now to guarantee yours.

Where is the Start/Finish line?  

The race begins and ends at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Participants will run past numerous historic sites in beautiful downtown Frankfort. Check out our online course map for details.

Are there additional activities planned on or around race day?

Yes! Each race has a number of activities for families included, to introduce you to all that the Kentucky Historical Society and Frankfort have to offer.

Where can I get more information on things to see and do in and near Frankfort?




What is the schedule for race day?

6:30 am: Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration Open

7:45 am: Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup Closes

7:50 am: Pre-Race Program/Call to the Start

8:00 am: Kentucky History Half Marathon

8:15 am: Kentucky History 10K and Kentucky History 5K

9:30 am: 10K and 5K Awards Program

10:30 am: Half Marathon Awards Program

How many hydration stations will be on the Half Marathon course?

There will be five hydration stations on the Half Marathon course that runners will pass by twice making 10 total hydration stations. The hydration stations are approximately every 1.5 miles along the 13.1 mile route.

What will be served at the hydration stations?

Water and SWORD Hydration served in small cups.

Is there a pace limit on the Half Marathon?

3 hours and 30 minutes (15:30/mile).

I have a friend or family member who wants to volunteer. How can they sign up?

Great! Our volunteers are vital to the History Half’s success. Go to history.ky.gov/volunteer

Do you have a paper registration?

There are no paper registrations for our race, only online registration at www.kyhistoryhalf.com.

How will the race be timed?

Our three races will be chip-timed using disposable “chip on bib” technology. Be sure to wear your bib on your chest or stomach area and visible to race volunteers and our race timers.

How will awards be determined?

Our overall Top 3 M/F Awards for the three races will be based on gun time as a “head to head” competition.  This is per USATF rule 245.  Age group awards will only be given for the half marathon and will be awarded at our awards tent.  They will be based on chip time (time you cross the starting line to time you cross the finish line).  ALL FINISHERS of all 3 races will receive a finishers medal signifying your specific race.

Is the race be sanctioned by USA Track & Field?

Will there be a clothes drop opportunity along the Half Marathon course?
Yes, at each of our hydration stations. Our volunteers will bring items back to the start/finish area by 11:30 a.m.

What are the course maps and elevation change for each race?

Routes and elevations changes can be found under Course Info. Check back for any updates as we get nearer race day.