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Registration to train for LouisvilleKY’s famous road race is now open

 Louisville, KY., – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races.  Registration for the FREE program is now open online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, AND the Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon will receive…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous road race gets a new title sponsor

Louisville, KY.   – Louisville-based Humana is now partnering with a local event that gets over 12,000 people in shape every year – the Derby Festival’s miniMarathon and Marathon. Humana announced this week they will be the title sponsor of Kentucky’s largest annual road race in 2019. Humana has partnered on the races since 2012, but this will be their first time as title sponsor. “We’ve been inspired by the stories from participants, and it’s because of them that we’re stepping up as title sponsor of the event,” said Dr. Val Slayton, Humana Regional Vice President, Health Services. “This is an opportunity to…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous parade looking for heroes

    Louisville, KY. – You may want to hang on to your Halloween costumes for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the parade on May 2, 2019, will celebrate super heroes from all walks of life. “Everyone has a hero. From real-life to the big screen, we plan to celebrate them all on Broadway next spring,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “We invite everyone to save their hero costumes and join us for the Derby Festival event that’s been bringing the community together for more than 60 years.” Registration is now open for groups interested…


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Kentucky Derby Festival to roll out first ever race medal series for LouisvilleKY races

Louisville, KY.   – After crossing the finish line, it’s all about the bling for runners. Starting in 2019, the Derby Festival is taking their race hardware to a new level by launching a four-year medal series for runners participating in the miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana. The finisher medals from 2019 thru 2022 will each feature a different landmark or icon symbolic of Louisville and the Festival’s road races. Runners are being asked to help choose what will be featured on the medals.   “Louisville has so many different icons and landmarks, we want to know which ones are special to…


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Registration now open for KDF’s Cycling event in LouisvilleKY

  Louisville, KY. – Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual cycling event is now open. The PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 28, 2019. This will be the sixth year for the cycling event, which features three different distances. Registration is online at KDF.org and will be capped at 1,500 cyclists. “The PNC Tour de Lou is a unique tour of the city on two wheels and attracts cyclists from around the country,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “Registering early is the best way to guarantee your spot and save money on registration.” When registration opens,…


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LouisvilleKY’s largest festival wins international honors

Louisville, KY. –  Kentucky Derby Festival has a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Louisville’s annual civic celebration received 46 top honors at the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) Convention and Expo in San Diego, California. The Derby Festival won the Bronze Grand Pinnacle in the “Best Overall Festival Program” category, National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington, D.C.) was runner-up with silver and the Vivid Sydney, Destination NSW (The Rocks, NSW Australia) won gold. The Grand Pinnacle is the IFEA’s highest award. The Festival competes each year against other major festivals and events from around the world. The Festival also received 45…


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The search is on for new LouisvilleKY royalty

Louisville, KY. – The application process for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court is now open at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least 2nd year) are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 14. The Festival’s Royal Court is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The program is not a beauty pageant. Each member of the Royal Court receives two $1,000 scholarships – one from The Fillies, Inc., and one…


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LouisvilleKY native named as 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Chair

NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL SET TO KICK-OFF ONE WEEK EARLIER Louisville, KY.   – Louisville native, Marita Willis, will chair the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival. She was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Willis is Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross. She follows the leadership of Scott Watkins, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival. Willis was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2010 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2012. She has served on committees for several Derby Festival events and programs, including the…


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Kentucky Derby Festival to hold annual LouisvilleKY yard sale this weekend

Louisville, KY.   – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 17th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at the KDF office at 1001 South Third Street in Old Louisville. The sale will run from8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Yard Sale will feature many items including event t-shirts, Derby Festival Pins, posters from years past, glassware, Christopher Radko collector’s ornaments, and other pieces that span the Festival’s history. There will be an exclusive offer for Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon participants again this year.  All shoppers that attend the Yard Sale…


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LouisvilleKY pizzas delivers to Thunder Funder

  Louisville, KY.  – The inaugural Papa John’s Thunder Funder Program was a hit with Thunder Over Louisville and pizza fans. The 2018 program helped raise funds for the 2018 Thunder Over Louisville show by donating proceeds from the sale of every Thunder Fireworks pizza ordered online at PapaJohns.com. The promotion ran through May 6 and over 4,000 Fireworks pizzas were ordered. Papa John’s presented a check for $10,000 to Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “Producing a show like Thunder Over Louisville truly takes a village,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We appreciate Papa John’s…