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Making finishers feel like winners

Half marathons take place on many surfaces – trails, highways, city streets, small county roads. But participants routinely say one the most exciting parts of the Renfro Rock 'N Run half marathon isn’t on a road at all – it’s under the road. Few travelers...

The unforgettable Rock ‘N Run

The 2016 running of the Renfro Rock ‘N Run was an adventure. The night before the event, National Guard helicopters dipped giant containers into Lake Linville and whisked them away to douse a nearby forest fire, a common event in what was one of the driest...

Planning for perfection

Nature and music come together to make one great race Though the Renfro Rock ‘N Run began in 2013, you could say it has been in the planning stages for decades. Planning first began when the state split some of the prettiest countryside in Kentucky with...

FAQs

Half-Marathon Questions

Can I walk the half-marathon?
Yes, but you must finish in 3 hours, 30 minutes (16:02 per-mile pace) or less, after which you are on your own. Volunteers, water stops, law enforcement, finish line crew – all will be gone after 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Are there separate awards for walkers?
Yes, we will give awards to the fastest three male and female walkers, so if you sign up as a walker, you must walk the entire race to be fair to all competitive walkers. You are on the honor system.

When and where can I pick up my packet?
Packet pick-up is 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. on race morning at the race start area at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, 2380 Richmond Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456.

Can I register on race day?
Yes. We encourage you to pre-register, but registration will be available on race morning from 7-7:45. T-shirts are guaranteed only for those who register by Nov. 2. Click here to register.

Is this race stroller-friendly?
Not this one. For safety reasons, no wheels of any kind are permitted for this race.

Can I run with my dog?
No. For safety reasons, no pets are allowed for this race.

If I register but can’t make the race, can I get a refund?
No. Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds.

Can I transfer my registration to another participant?
You may transfer your registration to another runner for a $10 fee if you do so by Nov. 2 at 4:00 p.m. (Half marathon only). To transfer, call Kayla Prewitt at 606-256-7767.

What time zone are you in?
Eastern Standard Time

Is this part of the County-Wide Stride?
Yes, this is part of Rockcastle Regional Hospital’s County-Wide Stride race series. Click here for details on how to qualify for incentive prizes.

How many aid stations will there be on the course?
There will be 9 water/fluid stops and 6 porta-potty opportunities.

Is the course closed to vehicles?
No. We do our best to clear the road of vehicles in the first 15 minutes of the race, but the course cannot be completely closed. Signs are posted at critical points warning motorists that runners are on the road. We have law enforcement and firefighters on the course, as well as volunteer motorcyclists (they are clearly identified) who patrol the course during the race. Race staff vehicles will pace the race and also follow the last runner/walker.

What kind of fluid replacement will you have?
Gatorade and water on the course and at the finish. We’ll also have bananas, cereal bars, sausage biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate at the finish.

Where and when can I see the race results?
Results will be emailed to you immediately after the race. They will also be posted on our Facebook page on race day and put on our website soon after.

Is there anything else to do there?
Sure! Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is a Kentucky tradition that goes back generations. It offers restaurants, gift shops, and many kinds of unique attractions. You might also want to take in a show on Friday or Saturday night. For more information, go to renfrovalley.com. There’s also the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors Kentucky’s finest musicians and performers. Be sure and eat a tasty, celebratory lunch at Back Porch BBQ, who provided the delicious breakfast biscuits.

Who designed your awesome logo?
Accomplished artist and Rockcastle native Mark McFerron donated his time and talent in creating the logo for this event, and for that we are grateful! Need professional artwork? Contact Mark at 502.797.8881

5K Questions

Can I walk the 5K?
Yes

Are there separate awards for walkers?
Awards will be given to the top three male and female walkers. We’re on the honor system – you must walk the whole way to be eligible for the award.

Can I register on race day?
Yes. We encourage you to pre-register, but registration will be available on race morning from 7 – 7:45. T-shirts are guaranteed only for those who register by Nov. 2. Click here to register.

When and where can I pick up my packet?
Packet pick-up is 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. on race morning at the race start area at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, 2380 Richmond Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456. 

Is the course closed to vehicles?
No. We do our best to clear the road of vehicles in the first 15 minutes of the race, but the course cannot be completely closed.

Do this race start at the same time and place as the half marathon?
5K’ers will line up at the starting area (behind the half marathoners) at 7:55 a.m. Half marathoners will start at 8:00; 5K’ers will start at 8:05. The 5K course is out-and-back and will finish at the same place as the half marathon.

Can I push a stroller or run with a pet?
No. We allow this for most Countywide Stride events, but at this race, we anticipate hundreds of participants. Pets and strollers present too many hazards.

Will there be hydration on the course?
Yes, at the start/finish and at the 1-mile and 2-mile point. (Since it’s an out-and-back course, you will pass the station twice).

Relay Questions

Can I walk the Relay?
Yes

How far is each leg of the relay?
The first is 7.6 miles with a few small hills. The second leg is a flat 5.5 miles.

Where is the transition area?
Near the start of the race, so there’s no shuttling or complicated instructions for this relay. Whoever is doing the second leg will just wait at the starting area in the area marked “Transition.”

Can I register on race day?
Yes. We encourage you to pre-register, but registration will be available on race morning from 7 – 7:45. T-shirts are guaranteed only for those who register by Nov. 2. Click here to register.

When and where can I pick up my packet?
Packet pick-up is 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. on race morning at the race start area at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, 2380 Richmond Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456. 

Does this race start at the same time and place as the half marathon?
Yes. Half marathoners and half marathon relayers will start at 8 a.m. 

Can I push a stroller or run with a pet?
No. We allow this for most Countywide Stride events, but at this race, we anticipate hundreds of participants. Pets and strollers present too many hazards.

How many aid stations will there be on the course?
There will be 9 water/fluid stops and 6 porta-potty opportunities.

Is the course closed to vehicles?
No. We do our best to clear the road of vehicles in the first 15 minutes of the race, but the course cannot be completely closed. Signs are posted at critical points warning motorists that runners are on the road. We have law enforcement and firefighters on the course, as well as volunteer motorcyclists (they are clearly identified) who patrol the course during the race. Race staff vehicles will pace the race and also follow the last runner/walker.

What kind of fluid replacement will you have?
Gatorade and water on the course and at the finish. We’ll also have bananas, cereal bars, sausage biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate at the finish.

Where and when can I see the race results?
Results will be emailed to you immediately after the race. They will also be posted on our Facebook page on race day and put on our website soon after.

Is there anything else to do there?
Sure! Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is a Kentucky tradition that goes back generations. It offers restaurants, gift shops, and many kinds of unique attractions. You might also want to take in a show on Friday or Saturday night. For more information, go to renfrovalley.com. There’s also the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors Kentucky’s finest musicians and performers. Be sure and eat a tasty, celebratory lunch at Back Porch BBQ, who provided the delicious breakfast biscuits.