Hoptown Half Marathon Part of Three-Way Race Series in 2020
Clarksville Fleet Feet to sponsor trio of 13.1-mile runs in Hopkinsville, Murray and Paducah
The Planters Bank Hoptown Half Marathon is still over a week away, but that hasn’t stopped it from making waves within the western Kentucky running scene.
On the heels of encouraging pre-registration numbers and an overwhelmingly positive response from participants around the country, the inaugural Hoptown Half will be a part of a three-race series in 2020, it was announced Thursday.
Next year, runners and walkers will have an opportunity to partake in a trio of 13.1-mile events, including the Hoptown Half, David Taylor Chrysler Murray Half Marathon and the Mercy Health Iron Mom Half Marathon in Paducah — a triple threat of races that will be sponsored by Fleet Feet Clarksville.
Hoptown and Murray teamed up this year to offer a two-race Double Dare Challenge.
No exact dates have been set for the 2020 races, but event organizers hope to release that information in the near future. The three-race series format has been made popular over the years in Louisville, specifically during the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Triple Crown of Running.
As of lunchtime on Sept. 19, 2019, the Planters Bank Hoptown Half Marathon — which will be run in conjunction with the Jennie Stuart Health Hoptown 5K — has nearly 350 runners signed up. Combined, the Hoptown Half & 5K has attracted a total of 500 runners and walkers from 16 different states and 99 different cities.
A joint road race — featuring a course that will wind through downtown Hoptown, residential areas, beautiful Christian County countryside and finish back downtown on the new Greenway/Rail Trail — this first-ever Hoptown Half & 5K will benefit the non-profit partners of the United Way of the Pennyrile.
Complementing the weekend’s Hoptown Harvest Fest, which includes the Bourbon Mashoree, Vintage Craft Fair and Military Affairs Committee (MAC) Chili Cook-Off and Grilled Cheese Challenge (also held downtown), the event will also allow participants a chance to enjoy a unique race experience.
The 2019 Hoptown Half & 5K festivities will kick off with a race expo, open to the general public, on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville, located at 155 Tilley Way. The kick-off event will feature exhibitor booths, informative vendors and a carb-load Pasta Dinner.
Race Day begins with late registration and packet pick-up at 6:00 a.m. that Saturday morning, in front of the Christian County Justice Center at 100 Justice Way in Hopkinsville. The race will finish downtown, where the aforementioned festival and events will be under way.
Participants may register and/or review race routes by visiting www.HoptownHalf.com. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 270-887-4290 or check out details and updates on the Facebook event page.