Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., an Edwardsville, Ill.-based dairy cooperative, said it partnered with the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival MiniMarathon and Marathon to be the chocolate milk refueling partner for the race.

“Scientific studies have concluded that chocolate milk makes for an excellent recovery drink following strenuous exercise,” said Dante Carpenter, a Prairie Farms dairy farmer based out of Russell Springs, Ky. “I’m delighted that chocolate milk sourced from local farms right here in Kentucky will be fueling the runners.”

The Humana MiniMarathon and Marathon mark the largest of road racing in Kentucky, with more than 12,000 participants. The 2020 races — the 47th annual MiniMarathon and 19th annual Marathon — are set for Saturday, April 25, Prairie Farms said.

“Chocolate milk has become a drink of choice for our runners after crossing the finish line,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival president and CEO. “The Prairie Farms partnership is a perfect addition to the event. It will be part of a new Kentucky Proud experience for participants, featuring locally sourced post-race nutrition.”

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