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Kentucky History Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K

October 16 @ 8:00 am

Join us for the 6th Annual KY History Half, 10K and 5K presented by Expree Credit Union on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8am in downtown Frankfort. The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.  The KY History Half is a RaceRise & 3 Sport Endurance production benefiting the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation.

  • Commemorative Technical/Dry Fit Race Shirts
  • Overall (all races) & Age Group Awards (13.1 only)
  • Finishers’ Medals (All Races)
  • Scenic courses through historic Frankfort, Kentucky
  • DJ, Post Race Massage, & Free Race Photos
  • Text Alerts and RaceJoy Tracking
  • Race Pacers for the Half Marathon

Our PACKET PICKUP/EXPO is Friday, October 15, 2021 from 12noon-7pm at the Kentucky Historical Society (Address: 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601).  For out-of-town participants who notify us in advance, we also have packet pickup on race morning from 7-7:45 a.m. at the KHS (Brown Forman Room).  All local runners will be expected to pick up their packets on Friday or have it picked up by a friend.

Partial proceeds go to the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Race routes for the Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K will be announced once approved by the city.

Presented by Expree Credit Union and operated by RaceRise, the KY History Half is a charitable event, with proceeds going to the Kentucky Historical Foundation Inc. in support of the Kentucky Historical Society and its mission. 


Bob Baney, owner of RaceRise, is eager to welcome racers back to Frankfort for this in-person event. “We are super excited to be back as an in-person race. We are offering a virtual option but are expecting some 350-400 in-person runners and walkers from 12-15 states,” Baney says. “This is the only half marathon we know of that celebrates the history of a state or commonwealth. We like to refer to it as ‘The Greatest Half in History.’”


“We’ve all been through a great deal with the pandemic and pretty much had to take off a whole year from gathering and racing in-person,” he says. “I know that runners are eager to gather again as a community, to raise money for a worthy cause and support each other as they complete this race through historic downtown Frankfort. The running community is all about coming together to celebrate health and make a difference. This race will allow for both to happen.”


Scott Alvey, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society, shares his support of the event and its message. “This is the only event of its kind created to uplift Kentucky’s history,” he says. “KHS is a proud member of the Frankfort community, and we are honored by the support this event provides for Kentucky history.”


“We are delighted to, once again, welcome Expree Credit Union as our History Half Marathon sponsor,” says Doug High, director of the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation. “Our Frankfort friends and neighbors at Expree truly understand how important it is to bring back this great community event that supports our mission of preserving our shared Kentucky history, and we couldn’t do it without their support.” 


The half-marathons participants will take a scenic tour of historic Frankfort while embarking on a challenging course. After completing the race, participants will receive a commemorative performance T-shirt and a custom finisher’s medal to signify their accomplishment. 


For more information about the KY History Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, visit For more about the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation and the Kentucky Historical Society, visit


100 West Broadway Street
Frankfort, KY US 40601


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W Broadway St
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission
300 Saint Clair St., Suite 102
Frankfort, KY 40601