2019 Carter Caves Half marathon recap

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Justin Agler sets a new course record of 1:50:39

Justin Agler sets a new course record of 1:50:39

First off let’s get to the thank you's:

  • Volunteers - Megan Kinman, Summer Wofford, Austyn Erickson, Sarah and Will Hanrahan, Wendy Breeze, Zack Beavin, Karah Gottschalk, John and Lelane Tierney, John Ransdell, Casey Tackett, Justin Agler, and Trent Ellsworth.  All of you played such a big part in making this day happen and realize none of this could happen without you all!!

  • Johns Run/Walk Shop - Thanks to Melody and the entire team for supporting us from the beginning and hosting Aid Station #1.

  • Friends of Carter Caves - Andy Niekamp and all the trail gnomes are always working on improving the trails and we can not thank them enough as they also helped us host Aid Station #2.

  • Asbury Outdoor Adventure Program - Trent and team were the perfect fit for hosting Aid Station #3 this year.

  • J&H Lanmark Store - Shout out to our Central Kentucky outdoors store and for all the connections they have put us in touch with.

  • Territory Run Co. - Brett and his company have supported us from the beginning. Now we need to get him to come race in KY.

  • Ben Childers - Ben goes above and beyond as always (no pun intended).

  • Grayson Tourism - Mindy and team have been supportive of us from the beginning.

  • West Sixth Brewing - Lifelong friends. Thank you to this entire community on 6th street downtown Lexington.

  • Goose Bridle Coffee - Thank you to Will for donating his coffee on race day morning

  • Local EMT - Emily Jarrell and staff were on top of everything.

  • KY State Parks - Shout out to Chris, Tina, Coy and all the other amazing park staff and rangers at Carter Caves. Absolutely love working with this entire staff and can’t say enough good things about them.

  • Logan Hensley - As always capturing some amazing race day photos. We will miss him this summer.

  • Hammer Nutrition - Joseph and team are great to work with and hope to do so again.

  • Family - Thank you to my entire family who supports me in this wild passion of race directing trail runs. My wife (Riah) and daughter (Eva) hold down the fort. Love you girls so much!

Left to Right: 3rd Place F:  Austyn Erickson , 2nd Place F:  Candice Goldberg , 3rd Place M:  Matt Aurenz , 2nd Place M:  Gerald Biedenbender , 1st Place M:  Justin Agler   (Not pictured 1st Place F:  Lauren Kahre )

Left to Right: 3rd Place F: Austyn Erickson, 2nd Place F: Candice Goldberg, 3rd Place M: Matt Aurenz, 2nd Place M: Gerald Biedenbender, 1st Place M: Justin Agler

(Not pictured 1st Place F: Lauren Kahre)


What a beautiful weekend at Carter Caves! We are so grateful for the amount of folks that continue to show interest in participating at our events. We learn something new every year and hope we will continue to improve in many areas.

This course is absolutely stunning and we will do our best to keep this a very small, intimate, and grassroots styled event for as long as we can. We were very fortunate to have good weather and get everyone back to home base safely on race day this year.

This type of event takes a whole community of park staff, rangers, EMT, volunteers, participants. Thank you to all the wonderful locals we have met since we started planning for this event years ago and we look forward to doing it again with a lot of you!

Thank you again to everyone and hope to see y’all again soon!

-Dan, Riah, and EJ