Charity Program

You can Run for a Cause!

If running 13.1 or 26.2 miles isn’t inspiration enough, there are hundreds of participants in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon who not only give of themselves physically, but give to others as well. For years, runners have used this race as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for many local and national charities. The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is honored to be a part of this worthy outreach to so many deserving causes.

The Foundation created a committee to help oversee the efforts of the Charity Program. Foundation board members and volunteers are assigned as liaisons to help coordinate the fund-raising efforts. Since the online program was created in 2005, more than $1.75 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.

For more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation: CLICK HERE

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Hope Scarves is a charity created to capture the stories of courageous woman who have battled cancer.  Survivors pass along their favorite scarves, with their personal stories of hope attached, to women currently undergoing medical treatment.  The hope is that when each woman wraps a Hope Scarf around her head, she feels the strength of the woman who had worn it before her.  Hope Scarves depends on donations to help collect, clean, beautifully package, and deliver the scarves.  We have sent out over 350 scarves to women in 40 states and 3 countries.  It is about survivors sharing scarves and stories of hope!

To Fundraise for the Hope Scarves: CLICK HERE


Seven Counties Services is the largest behavioral health agency in the Metro Louisville area, serving over 32,000 people annually.  We build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions and abuse realize their potential.

As part of the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon, we are collaborating with community partners throughout our region to paint a realistic picture of the mental health issues faced by our veterans. Problems facing over 40% of returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and PTSD in addition to substance abuse, TBI, family violence, and grief or bereavement. By participating with Seven Counties in the Mini Marathon you’ll contribute to the expansion of programs, services and treatments for the thousands of veterans in our community dealing with these issues.  Our “Run with our Heroes” Team is an incredible opportunity to run or walk in honor of our local heroes, many who are struggling to put their lives back together after deployment.  Our goal is for our veterans and all in our community to live satisfying, productive and valued lives.  Won’t you join or contribute to our team?

To Fundraise for Seven Counties Services: CLICK HERE