Race Ambassadors

We’re looking for runners and walkers from around the region to represent the 2023 GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon as official Race Ambassadors!

These Ambassadors will help KDF keep our runners and walkers informed, inspired and motivated during the months leading up to the race.


Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2022, at midnight, to be considered.

The GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon Race Ambassador Team is built of  runners and walkers who are part of an amazing group who are proactive in pushing a healthy lifestyle message to all local and regional groups and organizations. These Ambassadors help KDF keep our runners and walkers informed, inspired and motivated during the months leading up to the race.

Over the past 9 years, our Race Ambassador Team has been essential in the development and continued growth of the Marathon & miniMarathon. We encourage our Race Ambassadors to stay involved in the race, as well as other Kentucky Derby Festival events.


2023 Race Ambassador Application

  • Please take a few moments to read over the perks & expectations for all of our race ambassadors, and check the box to let us know you will be able to fulfill them if you are chosen.
  • *Please note, all applications must be received by 9/30/22 at midnight to be considered.

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  • Please share all social media channels or blogs you post from regularly (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.).
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  • Please provide a list of all other running programs, athletic sponsors, ambassador programs and activities you are currently involved with.
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Learn More about Our Ambassador Program!

Race Ambassadors form a subcommittee that will serve as recruiting liaisons within the running and walking community of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

• Race Ambassadors are selected for the program (for a one year term).

• Ambassador selection is based on an application explaining why they would be an important asset to the committee.

• Race Ambassadors report to a committee chair and be expected to attend Ambassador committee meetings and KDF Race events.

FORMER RACE AMBASSADORS: Please see the form below to express interest in volunteering with other Kentucky Derby Festival events.


The Perks

• Complimentary registration into the 2023 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon based on referrals.

• Official Race Ambassador merchandise.

• Biography, photo and email link on DerbyFestivalMarathon.com

• Personal discount code offerings throughout the recruiting period.

• Other perks will be rewarded based on the Referral Rewards Program Levels

The Requirements

We’re looking for upbeat, fun and encouraging ambassadors, who can maintain a positive attitude throughout the program!

• Must participate in area running/fitness activities, such as clubs, training programs, gym activities or similar events.

• Must Include “KDF Race Ambassador” in at least one social media bio

• Make a social media announcement if you are selected as a KDF Race Ambassador to encourage participation (Each ambassador will receive a discount code to share with followers for the entirety of the registration period).

• Must be willing to share video of yourself or be filmed for social media

• Train and participate in the Norton Sport Health Training Program (Must attend at least 2 runs, if they are held in-person).

• Must share regular training and race weekend photos on social media channels.

• Must attend the five Ambassador meetings, with location (whether virtual or in-person at the Derby Festival Offices) and dates to be determined.

• Ambassadors  are expected to wear KDF Race gear at local events and community activities to promote the race.

• Must be present & volunteer at one shift of the Race Expo & Packet Pick-up (April 27-28th, 2022) KY International Convention Center

• Ambassadors are expected to learn and be well-versed in all aspects of the race course, including; Course Support (Waterstops & Scream Teams), Medical Stops, Registration periods, Race Morning Timeline, Packet Pick-up, Runner’s Reunite, Pace Team, Finish Line Protocol.

• Ambassadors are expected to distribute printed race materials at local gyms, and other businesses.

• Derby Festival Race Ambassadors must not be committed as an ambassador for any other Louisville-area race at the same time.




Are you a former Race Ambassador that wants to stay involved in the Marathon/miniMarathon and explore other events? Please fill out the form below!

Former Race Ambassadors