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PSA: Street Closures for Hoptown Half on September 18th

Hopkinsville motorists will need to plan for extra travel time on Saturday morning (September 18, 2021) on some of the city’s major thoroughfares as runners take to city streets for the 3rd Annual Hoptown Half Marathon, 5K, & 1 Mile presented by Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health. The races, which could have a total of up to 500 runners, will begin at 6:30 am. The half marathon runners have until 11 am to finish their course.

Both the half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K (3.1 miles) race will begin on Main Street in front of Ferrell’s Snappy Service and head south. The 5K race will start at 6:50 am (after the half), while the 1 mile race will start at 7:10 am allowing the half marathon runners to move in front and minimize the larger packs of runners together. The 5K event will finish sooner than the half marathon. Runners have been instructed to run on the right-hand side of the roads and will be accompanied by law enforcement in lead and trail vehicles.

The course for both the half marathon and the 5K event takes runners to the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail to head to the downtown finish line. The half marathon course joins the Greenway at Foston Chapel Road. The 5K route moves to the Greenway at Faulkner Drive. The course takes all runners north on the Greenway to 15th Street where they will head east to Canton Pike then over to Bethel Street. Runners will head north and down the hill on Bethel Street (behind First United Methodist Church) en route to Ninth Street where they will turn left (west) toward the finish line. The race finish line is just west of the Little River Bridge on Ninth Street.

The half marathon route continues out Main Street and onto Cox Mill Drive, Country Club Lane and out to the Bypass. Across the Bypass the course heads to Gary Lane to Lafayette Road and back to Foston Chapel Road before picking up the Greenway toward downtown.

Local law enforcement agencies will be accompanying the lead runners for traffic clearance and a “grim sweeper” will be trailing the last runners. Traffic control officers and other race volunteers will be manning intersections to stop traffic as runners cross the intersections. Motorists are asked to exercise patience for the safety of everyone.

Several streets will only allow one-way traffic during the race period. Race officials and local law enforcement have worked together on plans to minimize traffic inconveniences and maximize traffic flow. Streets impacted on Saturday are as follows:
- Main Street (starting line)
- Cox Mill Road (from North Main to Country Club; from S. Sunset Circle to Gary Lane)
- Mable Avenue and S. Sunset Circle (from Mable Avenue to Cox Mill Road)
- Gary Lane (from Cox Mill to Lafayette)
- Lafayette Road (from Gary Lane to Hopkinsville Bypass)
5K ROUTE STREETS (6:50 am start)
- Main Street (starting line)
- Wooldridge Road
- Faulkner Drive
- 15th Street (Greenway to Canton Street)
- Canton Street (15th to Bethel Street)
- Bethel Street (Canton to Ninth Street)
1M ROUTE STREETS (7:10 am start)
- Main Street (starting line)
- 17th Street (Main St. to Canton St.)
- Canton Street (17th to Bethel)
- Bethel Street (Canton to Ninth Street)
Downtown roads of Ninth Street (7th/9th intersection to Bethel St.) will be closed starting at 5 pm on Friday night through 2 pm on Saturday for setup for the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K.
Please call 270-887-4290 if you have any questions. We appreciate the community's patience and understanding.