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March 30th, 2019


The inaugural Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle is the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s way of showcasing Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort (our base camp) as the ultimate adventure town! The event consists of a 3.7 mile run, 7 mile MTB ride, and 5.5 mile paddle on the Kentucky River. 



Stage 1: Run / 3.7 Miles

Beginning with a shotgun start, competitors will run a loop around Kentucky’s historic state capitol, past the Governor’s mansion then down Capitol Avenue into the heart of downtown of Frankfort. From there runners will hang a right and face a climb up the incline of Main Street towards Kentucky State University. Once at the top, athletes will turn on to Glenns Creek Road, running past the Frankfort Cemetery, where the great pioneer Daniel Boone is buried, and begin their descent into Capitol View Park streaking towards the Kentucky River.

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Stage 2: MTB / 6 Miles

Capitol View Park is where many MTBers across the commonwealth have come to start their careers. Troy Hearn, CVP’s Trail Gnome and State and Ped/Bike Coordinator has designed a 6-mile course that will leave riders breathless in more than one way. Leaving the transition area, (helmet mandatory) athletes dive into the forest right along the Kentucky River,and ride various terrain across CVP’s trail system. From there riders will take on 1 mile of road cycling across the East-West Connector Bridge to the Old Lawrenceburg Road Boat Ramp.

Stage 3: Paddle / 5.5 Miles

The paddle stage sets off from Capitol View Park on to the beautiful waters of the Kentucky River, just under a mile from the Capitol. Paddlers will point their boats upstream, paddling underneath the East West Connector Bridge, and then make a buoy turn. From there they will glide down the river, past the park, capitol, and head into downtown Frankfort - ending up at River View Park. Athletes are able to choose from a surfski, canoe, kayak or SUP, however everyone must wear a PFD. This completes Expedition Frankfort, the raddest race in Kentucky. 

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Event Details


*This page will be added to and updated as the event approaches*


Registration Costs: 

  • Solo: $75

  • Team Relay: $75

  • 5.5 Mile Paddlesports Race: $40

    • Price includes entry fee, event shirt, and timing. There is no entry fee for spectators, we encourage you to bring friends and family to cheer you on!

Check-In times are March 29th from 5-7 pm on March 30th from 6:30-7 A.M at Capitol View Park. (please check-in on the 29th if at all possible). PLEASE NOTE: EKI strives to host zero waste events and has implemented a “packet-less” pickup process at registration. Please understand that you will not receive a packet full of miscellaneous products from various vendors. At previous events past years we have realized that this process tends to leave the event with excessive items that never end up being used. Instead, you will be handed a reusable bag and will have the opportunity to pick up select items from event sponsors that come to the registration. We hope you understand this “less is more” registration process.

Start/Finish Line


  • Run staging will open at 7:45 A.M at the State Capitol.

  • Race kicks off at 8:30 A.M

  • Kentucky State Capitol: 700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601

FINISH LINE: Athletes will paddle their kayak/Canoe/SUP to Riverview Park where competitors will be timed from the shore.

  • River View Park Address: 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601

Competitor's Meeting

All competitors are asked to gather at the announcers podium at the Kentucky State Capitol for a mandatory racer meeting at 8 A.M.

Kentucky State Capitol Address: 700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601

Equipment Drop Off & Rentals

During equipment drop-off, vehicles must pull into the designated drop-off area and unload their vehicle and move out to park at an off-site location as soon as possible. Also after the race, participants must use the designated pick-up area to load their equipment. Due to the small event site area, we ask that participants please be prepared to unload and load their equipment as quickly as they can. We will have volunteers available for assistance.

Please, please, please try and drop off your kayak/SUP and bike at the event site during the Friday staging time. The event site space is limited and there will be LOTS of traffic, so for your own peace of mind, we ask you drop your bike/boat off on Friday.

Athletes are required to supply their own equipment, including bikes (road bikes or mountain bikes), helmets (mandatory), water transportation (kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board/etc), and paddles. Kayak rentals are available through Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort.


Timing will be provided by Vindura Adventure Racing Team.


Event staging takes place on Friday from 5-7 P.M and from 6 A.M - 7:30 A.M at Capitol View Park. Run staging opens at 7:45 A.M. Please try and drop off your kayak/Canoe/SUP and bike at the event site during the Friday staging time. 

We are not responsible for late arrivals and hold the right to refuse any entry after the staging/transition area is closed. Bikes and kayaks/SUP’s/etc. must be placed in proper location during the allotted staging time. Please respect the event management and volunteers, profanity will not be tolerated, along with any type of littering. Automatic Disqualification to any athlete that throws any type of refuse on the course at any point. We ask that you please leave no trace and put garbage in the designated bins.

Weather Delays

March in Kentucky can bring any type of weather so be prepared for clear blue skies,rain, and/or fog. The race start will not be delayed for any weather related reason unless there is severe lightening visible in the area, which would most likely pass quickly. Be ready for the start of the race at 8:30 A.M regardless of rain or fog. If there is a delay it will be in 15 minute increments and announced at the event site, our Facebook Page, etc


  • State Capitol: 700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601

  • Capitol View Park: 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601

  • River View Park: Corner of State Hwy 676 & Glenn's Creek Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

  • Goodwood Brewing Frankfort: 109 W Main St, Frankfort, KY 40601


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 All competitors and spectators are asked to park in downtown Frankfort, use the provided shuttle service, and/or carpool.

  • Participants can park at Frankfort County’s Farmers Market Pavilion

  • If all parking is full at the market, please park downtown and at TBA lot.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service provided by Frankfort Transit begins at 6 A.M. The shuttle returns every 15 minutes, making this an effortless way to get to and from the event site.