Hoptown Half Marathon and 5K

Sat September 18, 2021 Directions
How do I register?
Registration is available online through September 17, 2021. 
Is there a limit to the number of participants?
Where do I pickup my packet?
Packets may be picked up September 17th at the Thomas Street Recreation Center, located at 2600 Thomas Street, Hopkinsville KY. Hours are 11:00 am- 6:00PM.
Can someone else pickup my packet for me?
Yes. They will need a copy of your photo ID and race confirmation.
Can I pickup my packet on race morning?
Yes, but if at all possible, please try to pick up your packet the day before. Race day packet pickup will be available from 5:00AM-6:00AM in the Justice Center parking lot at 100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville KY.
Will I receive a finisher's medal?
Yes! We are offering unique custom medals for the 5K & Half Marathon. We will be unveiling the 2021 design SOON!
Will I receive a shirt?
Yes, finishers of each race ARE ALL GUARANTEED a custom long sleeve technical tee!
Is the race timed?
The Half Marathon and 5k are timed by 3-Way Racing will be providing chip timing. You chip timer will be located on the back of your race bib. Your bib must be worn in the FRONT on the outermost layer of clothing, so that it is visible.
The Wally's Walkers 1-miler is untimed.
Are there awards for the top finishers?
Yes. The top 3 overall in the Half Marathon & 5K race will receive an award. These awards will be given at the finish of the race.
What are the age groups?
9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over
Will there be age group awards?
Yes, the top 3 in each age group of the Half Marathon & 5K will receive an award, however, there will be no age group awards ceremony. Awards may be picked after the race. Details to come!
What time does the race start?
  • The Half Marathon starts at 6:30 AM
  • The 5K starts at 6:50 AM
  • The 1-miler starts at 7:10
Please note, the start time is subject to change, based on future compliance regulations.
Where will the porta- john's be located?
The Justice Center parking lot (100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville KY), Founders Square (198 W. 9th St, Hopkinsville KY), near these mile markers along the half marathon course: 1,4,7,9, & 12, as well as these mile markers along the 5K course: 1, 2. There are flushing toilets near mile 11 at the Hopkinsville Dog Park on Pardue Lane, but they are slightly off the race course.
Will there be water/Gatorade along the course?
Yes! HALF MARATHON: Look for water near miles 2,4,6,7,8,9,11, & 12. Gatorade will be with the water at miles 4 & 11. 5K: Water will be available near mile 2.
Will there be first aid stations on the course?
Yes. First aid kits will be at miles 4 & 11. They will also have sunscreen, hard candy, wooden sticks & Vaseline available upon request.
What time do I need to arrive on race morning?
Please try to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.
What are COVID safety measures, if needed?
At this time we are still planning the race as an in-person event.  We were pleased to conduct last year's in-person races in a safe fashion, one of the few in-person events in our region. As of right now, we will not be starting the race in a wave fashion, but are prepared to implement the same starting procedures as we did in 2020.
In 2020 - the roads were marked in 6' distances where participants stood in their corral. Each race had their own holding corrals for people to wait prior to the race. The race started in a wave fashion with 12 runners (all 6' apart) at a time.  Every race participant was temperature-checked in the Justice Center parking lot, prior to going to their corral. Participants wore a wristband, showing that they have had their temperatures checked. These were required in order to get in their corral, and receive their medal at the finish line.  It worked out very well and our runners felt very safe.
Where is the start line?
The race will start on Main Street, in front of Ferrell's Hamburgers.
Can I register on race morning? 
Yes, but you must register on your own device. Paper forms and laptops will not be provided. Registration location is in the Justice Center parking lot at 100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville KY.
Will the race be canceled if it's raining?
No, the race will go on rain or shine. In the event of lightning, we may delay the start of the race.
Where do I park?
There are several free parking lots located downtown.
Do you need volunteers?
Most definitely! Volunteers play a vital role in our success! You can sign up on our volunteer page HERE.
Is there a Military discount?
All active and retired military will receive 10 percent off registration by using code USA2021 at checkout. Valid military photo IDs will be required when picking up race packets. Thank you to all military for their sacrifice and service!
Is there a First Responder discount?
Yes! First Responder's may receive 10% off of registration by using code FIRE2021 at checkout. Only valid for those with a first responder ID. Valid ID MUST be shown at packet pickup in order to receive your packet. Please be advised that if you cannot provide a valid ID at this time, you will be required to pay the balance of your registration fee in order to participate in the race.
Can I change my mind and get a refund?
Sorry, but like most races, we cannot offer a refund for circumstances other than a cancellation of the race.
Will I receive a refund if the race is cancelled, due to COVID-19?
Yes. We will refund your race fee if we have to cancel the race.
Can I run with my dog?
Sorry, no pets are allowed on the race course.
Can I run with a stroller?
Yes, but please start towards the back of the pack.
Are bicycles, skateboards, or roller blades allowed?
No. The only bicycles allowed on the course are official race volunteers.
Can I walk?
Absolutely! There is a course time limit of 4 hours for the half marathon and 1 hour for the 5K. Walkers must finish under these times. Please start towards the back of the pack.
Can I wear my headphones?
The use of headphones is discouraged.
Will the road be completely closed?
Portions of the road will be open as needed in order to allow traffic through. In these areas, runners will need to run on the left side of the road.
Where is the route?
Click here for Course Maps for the 2021 races.  The Half Marathon route has been revised to include the new section of the Greenway Rail Trail and the spectacular new bridge.
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