Come run with Team JDRF in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/mini!

Team JDRF participants join in on the fun of the KDF Marathon/mini through miles, medals and most importantly moments!  This is your moment to fundraise and help turn type one into type none! There’s something for everyone at this event with race distances ranging from 5Ks to a full marathon.

When you join Team JDRF, we’re committed to supporting you with fundraising support before and throughout the race weekend. Know that every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without T1D

Registration is now open!

Fundraising Details

Team JDRF is a partnership: you commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Kentucky Derby Festival. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. JDRF is pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels!

When you join Team JDRF at any package level you will receive:
• Official Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/mini Finisher Medal
• Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
• Team JDRF race day singlet
• Team JDRF Family reunion tent in the Charity Village
• Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support
• Team JDRF Celebration Event/Pasta Dinner
• And much more!

Full, Half, or Relay
• Minimum fundraising of $500
• T1D Tribute Team photo
• Entry into the KDF Marathon/mini race

JDRF Supporter*
• Minimum fundraising of $300

Registration Fee is $25 for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.

**Please select the Team JDRF Supporter option if you have secured your own race entry for this event from the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Allison Perkins at

Schedule of Events

Team JDRF events are designed for runners and walkers from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
• Race Expo and Packet Pick up (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
KY Expo Center –West Wing

Friday, April 26, 2019
• Race Expo and Packet Pick Up (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
KY Expo Center – West Wing
• Team JDRF Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, April 27, 2019
• 6 am: Gear check drop off begins at Louisville Slugger Field
• 6:45 am: Team JDRF T1D Tribute at Finish Line
• 7:30 am: Marathon and miniMarathon start time (corner of Brook St. & Main St.)
• 1:30 pm: Course closes
• Following race completion, the Post Race Party and Runners’ Reunite area will take place at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, located at Waterfront Park.
• Team JDRF Tent in Charity Village

Be sure to visit the Derby Festival at for specific event day and weekend details including:
• Race day parking and transportation information

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run?
Team JDRF is in alignment with the KDF Marathon/mini minimum age requirements:
Full marathon participants must be at least 16 years or older by race day. Half marathon participants must be 12 years or older by race day.
All participants under 18 years of age must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Do I get any fun Derby Festival commemorative items?
Yes, in addition to the benefits that you get for being part of Team JDRF, you will also receive some special items from the KDF. Some of those items include: official Derby Festival tech shirt (styles vary by race distance) and goody bag.

How much time do I have to commit to this?
How much time you train is completely up to you. The Norton Sports Health trainers can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks before a half marathon.

Does the $25 registration fee count towards my fundraising?
Yes! The $25 required registration fee will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Are there course time limits for each race distance?
Yes! The course time limits vary by distance and event in the Derby Festival Marathon/mini. If you aren’t sure if you want further details on time limits, click here.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes, as a participant, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $300). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the KDF Marathon/mini. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?
Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Staff Member if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals. Not to worry though, if you don’t reach your minimum, which we know you will exceed, you have 30 days after the event to continue raising funds!

What if I need to drop from the race?
Any participant dropping after 30 days from their event date, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?
Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your JDRF staff member will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?
Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to.
If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

What is Team JDRF?
Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.
Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support and coaching leading up to and throughout the challenge event.