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Put a Little Prep in Your Step!
The FREE Norton Sports Health Training Program for the GE Appliances miniMarathon and Marathon is a 15-week program packed with in-person training options to get participants of all experience levels ready for Kentucky’s largest day of road racing on April 29, 2023.
All registrants receive:
- Complete training guide
- In-person weekly group runs
- Hill and track work
NOTE: The first 800 people to register will receive a free tech shirt. (Once all tech shirts are claimed, registrants will still be able to register to participate in the program, however shirts are only promised to the first 800).
NORTON SPORTS HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAM ORIENTATION:
Jan. 12, 2023
Kentucky Derby Museum
The January orientation meeting for the Norton Sports Health Training Program includes distribution of the free training manual, as well as the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Norton Sports Health Team before training begins.
Get Started with the Training Program!
Join the Training Program Facebook Group to connect with other runners, get the latest updates, ask questions and connect with Stephanie Fish, the Norton Sports Health expert and Program Leader.
Plus, make sure to sign up for Text Alerts and Training Run updates! Just Text ‘nortonrun’ to 37492. (caps do not matter, but no space between words does.)
Download the 2023 Training Program Manual
This guide, created by Norton Sports Health experts and doctors is packed with everything you need to help you go from beginner to race ready.
Get tips for starting your training, nutritional information, cross-training suggestions, and more! Plus, get a week-by-week Training Schedule for both miniMarathon and Marathon lengths, to make sure you’re able to build up to your chosen distance.
Download the Official 2023 Training Manual
Get the One-Page miniMarathon Training Schedule
Training Program Schedule
All official training runs take place on Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM and supplemental training workouts happen on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM. Training run locations will change week to week, so you’ll get to be familiar with different parts of the race course!
The first Training Run happens on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 AM.
Find the Training Program locations week to week below:
- 1/14/23 – Swags Sports Shoes South
- 1/21/23 – Norton Sports Performance & Wellness Center
- 1/24/23 – Big Four Station Pavilion, Jeffersonville, IN
- 1/28/23 – Norton Sports Performance & Wellness Center
- 1/31/23 – Iroquois Park Amphitheater
- 2/4/23 – Seneca Park Loop
- 2/7/23 – Big Four Station Pavilion, Jeffersonville, IN
- 2/11/23 – Norton Sports Performance & Wellness Center
- 2/14/23– Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center outdoor track
- 2/18/23 – Swags Sports Shoes South
- 2/21/23 – Cherokee Park Hogan’s Fountain
- 2/25/23 – Big Four Station Pavilion, Jeffersonville, IN
- 2/28/23 – Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center outdoor track
- 3/4/23 – Triple Crown 5k
- 3/7/23 – Iroquois Park Amphitheater
- 3/11/23 – Seneca Park Loop
- 3/14/23 – Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center outdoor track
- 3/18/23 – Triple Crown 10k
- 3/21/23 – Big Four Station Pavilion, Jeffersonville, IN
- 3/25/23 – Swags Sports Shoes South
- 3/28/23 – Cherokee Park Hogan’s Fountain
- 4/1/23 – Triple Crown 15k
- 4/4/23 – Iroquois Park Amphitheater
- 4/8/23 – Big Four Station Pavilion, Jeffersonville, IN
- 4/11/23 – Cherokee Park Hogan’s Fountain
- 4/15/23 – Swags Sports Shoes South
- 4/18/23 – Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center outdoor track
- 4/22/23 – Norton Sports Performance & Wellness Center
What is the Norton Sports Health Training Program?
The Norton Sports Health Training Program is a FREE 15 week program designed to help runners prepare to complete the Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon. The training program offers week-by-week scheduled runs for mileage and a training program manual with a week-by-week suggested mileage schedule, along with nutrition, cross-training ideas, and health and safety tips.
When and where are the weekly group training runs?
Training runs are held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings each week from January-April, at different locations around Louisville. Specific details will be posted on our website & in the Facebook Group once times, dates and locations are finalized.
What if a Training Run gets canceled or delayed for weather?
You can also find the latest information on the Norton Sports Health KDF Training Program Facebook Group, or you can sign up for text reminders and updates! Just Text ‘nortonrun’ to 37492. (caps do not matter, but no space between words does.)
I have never participated in an organized road race event before. Can I really train to run or walk my first marathon or half marathon?
Many of our runners and walkers have never participated in an organized road race before, and that’s okay. Most people, even with no prior experience, can finish a full or half-marathon provided they follow a sanctioned & structured training program start to finish. It’s more a matter of being able to commit to following the program each week, than to have previous experience running.
I feel like I might be very slow compared to others, what if I can’t keep up with the rest of the group?
Don’t worry about your speed. You will be in good company as some of our runners intend to walk portions of each event. Our group is large enough that you will always be around people in your speed range. The weekly training runs are a great community where no runner or walker is left behind.
I don’t know about running gear, diet, training techniques, or body maintenance, will there be information given on these topics?
Absolutely! Many of our participants will be relative beginners at running and/or walking, so don’t feel like you are the only one.
For those new to the sport, we highly recommend attending the Norton Sports Health Training Program Kick-Off Orientation, held from 5:30-8 PM Jan. 12 at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Norton Sports Health doctors and other sports training professionals will cover a variety of topics.
With the training program, you’ll also receive a self-guided official manual from Norton Sports Health, which will be available at the kick-off and for download on our website afterwards. This training manual is designed to help walkers and runners of all levels train safely, while enjoying their time preparing for their first half or full marathon. The manual includes tips for safe walking and running, injury prevention, cross-training and nutrition. Plus, there are complete training calendars to help you stay on track.
I won’t be able to join the program until late, or I won’t be able to attend all the training runs, is that okay?
You can join the training program after the official kick-off in January, however we strongly encourage that you start your training from that first week and doing your best to keep up with the training runs on your own schedule. This will ensure you’re adequately trained to complete your race.