Saturday, November 14, 2015 • Mount Vernon, KY • Course Map
This tiny town of just over 2,400 souls that was named for George Washington’s home Mount Vernon plays host to the first-ever running of the Renfro Rock & Run Half Marathon & 5K in mid-November 2013, along an out-and-back course that features a few steep hills and long stretches along the banks of Lake Linville.
Runners get their chance to run through the area known as the Renfro Valley here in central southern Kentucky, home to the world-famous Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The race starts and finishes just down the street from the hall of fame, on Richmond Street in Renfro Valley.
From there, the course heads north and west, along Hummel Road and Lake Linville Road, which takes runners along the shoreline of the lake for the race’s next two miles. Just after leaving sight of the water, between mile markers 3 and 4, the course hits its first big hill as the elevation jumps nearly 300 feet in roughly a mile.
That’s followed by a very gradual incline over the next few miles, and then a gradual decline that starts between miles 7 and 8.
There’s a steep drop between miles 10 and 11 along Mount Zion Church Road, and then the course largely flattens out for the last three miles or so of the race, which finish back in Renfro Valley on Richmond Street, where the race began.
Runners will need to be able to complete their 13.1 miles within the course time limit of 4 hours — after that, support for the race will be closed down, organizers note, which means that volunteers, water stops and the finish line setup will be removed.
Walkers are welcome to participate in either the half marathon or the 5K, as long as they too can complete their race within 4 hours.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central southern Kentucky, just over 50 miles south of Lexington and roughly 130 miles southeast of Louisville, Mount Vernon typically sees November temperatures that average between 37°F and 57°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.2 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Nov. 16), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:35 AM – 5K
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered by April 1
- $50 between April 2 – August 1
- $55 between Aug. 2 – October 15
- $65 between Oct. 16 – November 9
- $80 after Nov. 9
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Mount Vernon’s Renfro Rock & Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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