From the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K Facebook


Officials with the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K will donate proceeds from the race in October to Sanctuary, Inc. and Christian County Rescue Team.

According to the race website, the 5th Annual Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K, sponsored by Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health, is a joint road race through Hopkinsville, KY, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.

Registration is open now at Race-day registration will also be available.

Organized by Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, the certified half marathon course winds through downtown Hoptown, residential areas, Christian County countryside and returns to finish downtown on the Greenway/Rail Trail, the website states. The Half Marathon course also includes the unique quarter-mile new Rail Trail bridge, the longest non-water bridge span in Kentucky.

New for 2023 is the Youth 1-Mile Challenge for area elementary school participation.

Half marathon and 5K runner packages include a unique medal and long-sleeve, moisture-wicking performance shirt.

Race starting line is at 706 S. Main Street in front of the Municipal Building in downtown Hopkinsville. Race-day registration and packet pickup will be at the nearby Christian County Justice Center, 100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

Sign up through March 12 for the best price on race entry for the half marathon ($59), 5K ($35), ruck and youth one-miler ($15). The fees will steadily increase throughout the year.

Sanctuary, Inc. executive director Heather Lancaster said, “Sanctuary is honored to be selected as a recipient of this year’s Hoptown Half and 5K Race. We appreciate the opportunity for collaboration and the graciousness of the community in showing its priority to assist families facing unimaginable hardships. The support drawn from this event will allow us to continue meeting critical needs of our community through Sanctuary’s provision of services which allow for protection and safety, healing options, advocacy and much more. Thank you event sponsors, planners and participants for your pledge to support the mission of Sanctuary.”

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