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Over the past several weeks, since our initial postponement announcement, we have been working hard toward rescheduling the 2020 miniMarathon for later in the year. As we have been closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19, we’ve gone through many different scenarios, talked to race directors from around the country, and other running experts about how we could make an in-person race happen safely.
However, after a very difficult and emotional decision, we have determined many of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s traditional large-scale events, including the miniMarathon will not be able to be held in 2020. As an organization that has always put public health and safety first, we know it would not be responsible for the Kentucky Derby Festival to put on events that attract thousands of people.
While we will not be able to run together this year, we are again offering several options for our runners who were registered for the rescheduled August 22nd date:
Run the 2020 miniMarathon or Marathon Virtually. This option allows runners to participate, but run on their own time and still receive the 2020 medal, tech shirt, an additional special race shirt and other perks. Participants can choose the virtual option through their runner profile, and should do so by July 15.
Find out more about the Virtual Run HERE.
Defer registration to 2021 or 2022. Runners who wish to defer their registration to another year will have until July 15 to decide and make their selection.
Make 2020 registration fee a donation. The Derby Festival’s miniMarathon has been part of the local community for more than 40 years. As a not-for-profit, the Festival is able produce the races each year through entry fees. With the 2020 event initially scheduled for April, a majority of funds from registration have already been put toward operational expenses and runner experiences.
Make your option selection by: Runners will need to follow THIS LINK to make a selection before July 15, to let us know if you would like to Run 2020 Virtually, Defer, or Donate your registration.
Please visit our FAQ page https://derbyfestivalmarathon.com/questions/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com.
Run circles around Louisville in more ways than one, when you register for the Kentucky Derby Festival Minimarathon and Marathon held every year in Louisville, KY...it's the biggest party of the spring! More than 1.5 million people attending over 70 events. Come for the race, stay for the party! Run one of the nation's flattest Boston qualifying courses, all while enjoying "one of America's Quirkiest Cities" - TIME Magazine. Dine in the city voted one of Southern Living's top 100 places to eat. Enjoy Churchill Downs; home to the famous two minutes in sports, or visit one of our numerous museums. What are you waiting for?
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