Final preparations are being made for our 6th Annual Murray Half Marathon, and we're excited to have you as a part of this event. Currently, we have over twenty spirit teams that are fired up and ready to cheer on our runners. Last year, over 90 state, city, and county personnel have signed up to control and redirect traffic on our course. Safety is important so 600 cones and over 100 course signs will be lined up along the course for our 4th Annual Half Marathon. For those of you coming from out of town, you will find a clean and friendly community. All finishers this year will receive technical running shirts, a goodie bag, and again this year we are offering commemorative Murray Half Marathon coins for age group division winners for both 5K and Half Marathon. We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable run and will return as our race grows.
Murray is a small community with a population of 17,741- not including college students. The 13.1 mile course highlights our beautiful downtown area and takes in the peaceful farmlands in the county. Murray was recently voted the healthiest county in Kentucky, and in 2013 by Rand McNally the friendliest small town in America. The Murray community welcomes runners and walkers alike to our great community and hope you have a great experience!
If you plan on running but have yet to sign up, please register as soon as possible and spread the word to your running friends and groups. If you have never been to Murray, this course will give you a glimpse of our great community and you will be supporting a great cause: the construction of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.
The Course: The half marathon route will start and finish at the Center for Health and Wellness located at 716 Poplar Street. Runners will visit beautiful historic downtown with a short stroll through Central Park before a short section on 641 that leads you to the winding country roads. This route does have a few small hills, but they are short and a nice break from the predominantly flat Kentucky terrain. At the 6.5 mile marker the runners will pass the newly built Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, which is also where the Relay Exchange will be located. First Aid Stations will be at miles 3, 6, and 9 and portable toilets are available near each aid station. Restrooms are also located at Memorial Baptist Church on 10th Street right after mile 1 and in the Bailey Pavilion next to the Dog Park between Mile 2 & 3. Water is available at every mile 1-12, cups of Gatorade at every even mile marker starting at mile 2, and Stinger Energy gel will be offered in a variety of flavors at mile 6 and 9.
Runner Instructions: Welcome to the Murray Half Marathon. These Runner Instructions are for runners officially entered in the race-- and for friends or family members who may be accompanying the runner. Please help make the race an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone by reading the following important information. This web page contains essentially the same information as the Runner Instructions you will receive at Packet Pickup with possible updates and corrections.
Packet Pickup and Late Registration:
You will pick up four things at Packet Pickup:
1.) Your runner number bib with B-tag (barcode)
2.) Your runner packet (including Runner Instructions and other stuff)
3.) Your tech shirt
4.) 4 Safety pins
5.) Your Butterfly Wings
We encourage you to pick up your race packet early to avoid the last-minute rush and help assure that you get your desired shirt size. You may still register during the packet pickup EXPO event.
Friday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm at the Center for Health & Wellness, 716 Poplar Street, KY 42071.
Saturday 5:00 am -6:30 am at the Center for Health & Wellness in the bag check area.
Check Your Bib!
When you get your number bib, check to be sure that all the information on the label ( name, address, age, gender) is correct. If you are on a team, be sure that all members of your team have the same team name and code. Please report any errors immediately to the Problem Desk at Packet Pickup. Corrections cannot be made after the race has started. Emergency Contact Number- Write it on the back of your bib! Please be sure to include the name and phone number of your emergency contact. In addition to name and phone number, any allergies, medical history, and other concerns should be placed on the back of your bib number. This is VERY important in the event that you are injured or have other difficulties.
Don't Swap Numbers!
Do not give your number or chip to another runner or run with another bib number. It may cause confusion in the event of an emergency.
Trolley Service: A FREE shuttle is offered to runners from the Murray State University football field parking lot to the Wellness Center from 6-7am and back to the parking area from 9am-1pm. The shuttle will run in appproximately 15 minute intervals.
Relay Team Protocol: Relay runners will meet in the parking lot at the Volunteer and EXPO parking on the corner of 8th and Poplar. Look for sign "Relay Meeting Location". Someone from the race committee will meet with you at 6:50 am to go over last minute relay instruction. Please make sure at least one person from your relay team is available to meet.
Parking: Several parking locations will be available for runners. A copy of the parking map is available online at www.murrayhalfmarathon.org and will also be included in each participant's goodie bag. For those traveling from out of town or not familiar with the area, signs will be posted pointing to designated parking locations around the hospital. Please respect patients and family needs by only parking in designated areas.
Prizes: A total of $1200 will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the half marathon. $100 will be awarded to the first male, female and coed teams and total of $450 will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers of the 5K race. Commemorative gold, silver and bronze coins will be awarded to the age division winners. All participants will receive a finisher's medal, technical running shirt, and goodie bag. See the Awards Page for a detailed listing of the awards breakdown.
5K run/ walk age division awards 0-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-UP
Half Marathon age division awards 1-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-98
Timing: Timing will be performed by 3-Way Racing. Both 5K and half marathon runners will be wearing a disposable B-Tag attached to the back of their race number. Timing mats will be in place the start, relay exchange, and finish lines to record the runner's start, mid-point, and finish times. Be certain that your race number is pinned to your front and completely visible for race officials and photographers.
Bag Check ( for all races) For those interested in checking a bag before the run, bag check will be available from 5-6:30 am the Wellness Center classroom (next to the front desk). Bag pickup will be available until 11am. The MCCH Security department will providing this service but cannot be held responsible for lost items.
Participants Requesting to Switch Races All request must be made in writing or emailed to the Endowment office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (270) 762-1800.
Film Burners Photo Club: Murray's own Film Burners Photo Club will provide the photography for this event. Seventeen photographers will be positioned at various points of the course to capture action shots. The event photos can be purchased on www.murrayhalfmarathon.org at a reasonable price and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House. All images taken at the April 16 event will be posted online for runners to view. Check out www.murrayhalfmarathon.org after this event for more information.
Pace Group: Beast Pacing from Sugar Loaf, CA will be leading the pace groups for this year's event. A pace leader will be available for speeds of 1:50, 2:00 and 2:10 this year.
Be a Volunteer: In order to host an event of this size, we need help from community members and visitors alike. Volunteers will be needed to help at all phases of this event. Prior experience is not required since all volunteers will be bar-coding bibs, putting out signs, setting up barricades, and helping to control traffic. Please call or email Sean Stonecipher at (270) 762-1831 or email@example.com if you would like to help with this event. Forms can also be downloaded from www.murrayhalfmarathon.org.
Organize a Spirit Team: There is nothing that warms a runner's heart more than the volunteers and family members on the course encouraging the runners. We know you want to be in your pajamas at 7am when the runners take off and we don't mind! Come on out and cheer on your runner friends. Your crazy outfit will only make them smile and they will know that you came out for them. Runners participate in events like this to celebrate all their hard training. Bands, dance teams, cheer teams, clubs, and church groups are welcome. If you do not belong to any groups, just call and we will match you with a group. All runners will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite spirit team. The top spirit teams with the most votes will be awarded prize money for their favorite non-profit organization. For the ideas and locations, please call or email Sean Stonecipher at: firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 762-1831.
How to be a great spectator: Make noise to encourage the runners: cheer, clap, play music or make your own music. Identify with the runners. They are completing a very difficult task. Praise the runners individually. (Ex: "Go number one! You're doing great!") He or she will truly appreciate it. Stay positive in your cheering. Locate your cheering section on a hill or more challenging portion of the course. Make distinctive signs because believe it or not, runners will remember you and it will encourage them to keep going. Do something to make runners smile. Laugh, sing, dance or do tricks such as juggling. It may put the runners at ease for a few moments. Have a party with friends and/or neighbors if the course travels past your area.
Volunteer Forms: Print Online
Spirit Team Forms: Print Online
Pick Up in Person
Center for Health and Wellness
716 Poplar Street Murray, KY 42071
Participant and Sponsorship forms: Print Online
PIck Up in Person
Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare
803 Poplar Street Murray, KY 42071