Half Marathon & 5K

Important! The Race will begin promptly at 7:30 AM Central Standard Time. Athletes will need to arrive at the starting line (W. Veterans Blvd, at Smothers Park) no later than 7:00 AM for important announcements.

Race Day: March 23, 2024

Registration opens March 1, 2023!

Register Now!

The fifth annual Wendell Foster Half Marathon & 5K is a flat and fast route of Owensboro, Kentucky. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 3.1-mile 5K will be fully supported, including some full and partial road closures. The race will start and finish on the riverfront by beautiful Smothers Park, which offers three signature fountains and an award-winning playground.

Water stations will be conveniently placed along the course and the races will be professionally timed. Finisher medals will be given to those that complete the course. Plus, prize money will be awarded to the top competitors in both the Half Marathon and 5K distances.

For the Half Marathon distance, there will be a 4-hour course time limit to complete the race. You must be 12 years of age on race day to register for the Half Marathon (Age restriction does NOT apply to 5K runners, Steps Division participants, or to those that are pushed in the “Running Stroller Division”).

When you run with us, you are directly supporting Wendell Foster’s mission of empowering people with disabilities! From all of us at Wendell Foster – thank you!


Half Marathon Registration Prices

First 100 to Register – $60 (March 1, 2023)
Early – $65 (March 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023)
Regular – $75 (July 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023)
Late – $85 (December 1, 2023 – March 21, 2024)
Expo Registration – $90 (March 22, 2024)

5K Registration Prices

Children – $25 (Ages 1-17)
Adults – $35

Running Stroller Division

The top three overall awards will be given for the Running Stroller Division. The division will consist of individuals with a disability who are pushed in a running stroller.

Please Note: Those being pushed, should register under the “Running Stroller Division.” Those that are pushing, should register under “Individual Half Marathon.”

Steps Division

New for 2024 is our Steps Division, a new and exciting way for people with disabilities to complete the Wendell Foster Half Marathon & 5K. Participants in our Steps Division will have the opportunity to complete either distance over the course of a year.  Recording their steps leading up to race day, participants will take their final steps across the finish line alongside our dedicated runners and be medaled for their great accomplishment.

Individual Half Marathon Awards

CASH will be given to the overall first, second, and third places of male and female winners!

*1st Place: $750 male/$750 female

2nd Place: $500 male/$500 female

3rd Place: $250 male/$250 female

*Due to the overall 1st place prize being over $600, 1st place cash winners will be required to sign a tax form on-site and provide a copy of their driver’s license prior to receiving their award. Virtual runners will not be eligible for awards.*

Individual 5K Awards

1st Place: $200 male/$200 female

2nd Place: $100 male/$100 female

3rd Place: $50 male/$50 female

Age Group Awards (for Half Marathon Only) 

A commemorative medal award will be given to the top three in the following age groups for male and female:

12-15 • 16-19 • 20-24 • 25-29 • 30-34 • 35-39 • 40-44 • 45-49 • 50-54 • 55-59 • 60-64 • 65-69 • 70-74 • 75+

Due to it being a large-scale event, there will not be an awards ceremony. When awards are officially finalized they will be mailed to recipients.


Sponsorship inquiries and questions regarding the race, please contact:

Kara Howard, Race Director
[email protected]

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Disclaimer: The information, advice, and training plans associated with the Wendell Foster Half Marathon are for educational purposes only. Before making any changes to your exercise habits and before implementing any information or training plans on this website, you should consult your physician. If you follow the advice or training plans, then you do so at your own risk. Neither Wendell Foster nor Owensboro Health, Inc. will not be responsible for any injuries or other health problems that you may suffer if you follow the advice or training plan.