PRESS RELEASE: Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K Expected To Draw Thousands
Hopkinsville, KY – You may have to crawl before you can walk, but Hopkinsville is ready to run this fall.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, history will be made when the Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K, presented by Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health, takes off in downtown Hopkinsville.
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 — the Hoptown Half & 5K will benefit the non-profit partners of the United Way of the Pennyrile.
Complementing the weekend’s Hoptown Harvest Fest, Bourbon Mashoree and Military Affairs Committee (MAC) Chili Cook-Off (also held downtown), the event will allow participants a chance to enjoy a unique race experience.
“The Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K will be a fun-filled event which we hope will promote a healthier lifestyle within the community and motivate all to live a proactive life, while also providing family fun during the whole weekend,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “This inaugural event should also encourage the development of cultural and active tourism in Hopkinsville, as it sets itself on the radar for runners from around the region and neighboring states.”
The race starting line will be located at 1001 S. Main Street, in front of the historic Ferrell’s Hamburgers. All participants who complete either the half marathon (13.1 miles) or the 5K (3.1 miles) race will receive a custom-designed medal and a shirt. The medal design will be released at a later date.
For Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K Race Director Korey Raymond, it’s important that everyone see the race as a community event, and not just a running event. Raymond has completed many races across the country, of varying distances, since she became a runner 10 years ago.
“It’s so hard to pick a favorite race when people ask me to, but the ones that immediately pop into my head are the races that had a lot of community support,” noted Raymond, who says she’s already heard from runners in surrounding regions who are excited to travel to Hoptown to participate. “It’s amazing how much strength you can receive from smiling strangers who are giving out high-fives at the top of hills, or holding encouraging signs near Mile 11. Running just has this incredible way of bringing people together.”
Community partners Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health have also joined the fray, sponsoring the half marathon and 5K races, respectively, which will help enhance the event’s overall experience and contribute to the efforts of raising money for United Way of the Pennyrile — a charitable organization that works directly with 20 agencies in the four-county service area of Caldwell, Christian, Todd, and Trigg.
“United Way of the Pennyrile is fighting for the health, financial stability, and education of all residents in our four counties. We are excited the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department chose to host a half-marathon and thrilled our partner agencies will see the proceeds of the race,” said United Way of the Pennyrile Executive Director Annie Catron. “Furthermore, we are excited to see so many people training for and getting ready to race!”
With an 18-minute-per-mile time limit, the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K welcomes runners and walkers. There are also opportunities for race volunteers, from assisting at water stops to being part of a cheer team along the course.
The festivities will kick off with a race expo, open to the general public, on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Hopkinsville Sportsplex, located at 155 Tilley Way. The kick-off event will feature exhibitor booths, informative running and fitness speeches and packet pick-up. 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.
About Planters Bank
With 12 full-service offices, serving Western Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee, Planters Bank has been serving the community and the region since 1996. Whether it’s help with purchasing a dream home, securing loans for local small businesses or giving back to the communities they serve, you can Expect Great Things from Planters. Employees from Planters Bank are actively involved in the communities of Hopkinsville, Princeton, Providence, Sturgis, Sebree, Dawson Springs and Clarksville (TN). From serving on non-profit organization boards, to collecting items for families in need, to being politically active, employees do their parts to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.
About Jennie Stuart Health
Jennie Stuart Health is an acute-care hospital licensed for 194 beds. A private, not-for-profit community hospital now serving over 100 years, Jennie Stuart Health’s primary service area is Christian, Trigg and Todd counties. The secondary service area includes Caldwell, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky, and Montgomery County in Tennessee. Other key outpatient services include Jennie Stuart Ambulatory Surgery Campus, Jennie Stuart Medical Imaging Center and Jennie Stuart Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. As a whole, Jennie Stuart Health has more than 100 active, senior and affiliate physicians on staff in 33 medical specialties.