Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, miniMarathon virtual training begins

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, miniMarathon virtual training begins

LOUIVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Get ready, get set and log onto your computer.

The first warm up for the Kentucky Derby season started Tuesday. If you want to jog or race, you can join training for The Kentucky Derby Festival marathons.

The 2021 Humana miniMarathon and Marathon course will look different this year. It is described as self-served with no huge crowds at the starting line. However, it will however have the same heart, same passion and same unforgettable moments.

The Kentucky Derby Festival and Norton Sports Health are bringing their annual training program to homes, libraries or wherever people flip open their screens.

Those who register for the virtual training will have more than 1,800 accountability partners in the program, including race director Chris Martini.

“It’ll be a running experience that hopefully will never happen again, like we’ve never had before,” Martini said. “If you want to run something unique this is the year to participate in it.”

The Derby Festival has developed a plan which will allow runners to choose between a virtual or a socially distanced in-person race option.

While people can confirm their RSVPs for the races, when it come to the other notable KDF events, KDF spokeswoman Aimee Boyd said they are rolling out one event at a time, while keeping public health a top priority.

“We want to be here for the community when we all get through this,” Boyd said. “That’s still our goal. We want to do as much as possible to bring that Derby Festival spirit to the community however we can do it.”

Training registration stays open until Feb. 1. Race registrations are open until April. The mini races are spread over four days this year. The Marathon will be on April 24. All races will have staggered starts.

This year marks the 48th annual miniMarathon and 20th annual Marathon.

To register for training or the races, click here.

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