The Boston Marathon qualifying USATF certified course (13.1 mile loop) starts at the Bowling Green Ball Park and runs through historic downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky and the beautiful WKU campus.(Marathoners will run the course twice.) Runners will finish at the Bowling Green Ball Park. Registered participants will receive a goodie bag and tech shirt. Finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and finish area refreshments.

Event categories include half marathon (run),  marathon (run) and push rim marathon. There will be a 6 hour time limit on the race. After 6 hours, participants must move to the sidewalks or extreme right side of the road. There will be cyclists on the course to assist runners when needed.

Expo/pasta dinner and packet pick-up will be held at the National Corvette Museum on Saturday, November 4th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The National Corvette Museum is located off Exit 28 on I-65. Race day packet pick-up will be from 6:00-6:45 a.m. at the Bowling Green Ball Park (site of start and finish). Official race start is at 7:00 a.m. Central Time.


Overall awards to bg26.2 male/female winner, masters male/female (40-49), grandmasters male/female (50 and over) and push rim wheelchair division. Awards also given for 1st thru 3rd place age group winners. Age groups for the marathon are 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.  The minimum  age requirement for the bg26.2 is 16 years old.

Half marathon awards to overall male/female winner, masters male/female (40-49), grandmasters male/female (50 and over) and 1st thru 3rd place in age group divisions. Age groups for the half marathon are 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.  The minimum age requirement for the half marathon is 12 years old.

Awards are determined by gun times per USATF guidelines for all sanctioned events, and our timing company (3 Way Racing) insists to conform to the USATF regulations.The exception will be that gun time will be used to determine overall male and female finishers, whereas chip time will be used to determine age group winners.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Susan B. Riherd, sister of bg26.2 Race Director Lilly Riherd, who died from MS at the age of 48.

RRCA Championship Event logo

The bg26.2 half marathon is a RRCA Kentucky State Championship event. Awards will be given to overall male and female open, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) in the bg26.2 half marathon.



 It’s a 6K race through downtown Bowling Green, or perhaps it’s a 5K with an bonus K at the end. No matter how you look at it, the bg6k presents a unique and fun challenge.

The bg6000 course starts the same place as the bg26.2 and runs the same route until you reach Steamers on State Street. Turn left and follow E 8th Ave to the finish line! Start time for the bg6000 is 7:30 a.m. Central Time.

Official sports drink of the 2017 bg26.2 & half marathon / bg6000

On Sunday, November 5, TRAXrunning is hosting a Kids Only Run (bgKIDS 26.2) in conjunction with the bg26.2 & half marathon. This event will start and finish at the Bowling Green Ball Park. Each child will need to have walked, run or wheel-chaired 25 miles by Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to be able to participate!! Forms are available on our website ( for more information, or check with your elementary run club coach.
All bgKIDS 26.2 events are FREE for the kids…..thank our sponsors for making this happen!


Registration Fees

bg26.2 Individual


bg26.2 Marathon Push Rim Wheelchair Division


Half Marathon


bg6000 1 miler


bg kids 26.2


Event Schedule

  • November 5 7:00 AM CST - bg26.2 & Half Marathon Race Start

  • November 5 7:30 AM CST - bg6000 Race Start

  • November 5 12:30 PM CST - bgkids 26.2 Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

300 East 8th Avenue, Bowling Green, KY, United States

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