Saturday, October 21, 2017 • Louisville, KY • Course Map
The banks of the Ohio River as well as this famous Kentucky city’s downtown streets and parks are the setting for the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, which makes its 7th annual running this year and features a finish line on Main Street in front of the Evan Willliams Bourbon Experience.
If you like bourbon, this is your race — there’s Evan Williams at the finish line, where you can tour the distillery on Whiskey Row and enjoy bourbon tastings in the post-race lounge, as well as range of VIP experiences you can learn more about on the race website.
Starts near the riverfront downtown. Organized by the Louisville Sports Commission, the same race organization that stages the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon here the week before the “most famous two minutes in sports,” the half marathon starts at the corner of Main and 2nd Streets, next to the KFC Yum Center where the University of Louisville’s basketball teams play.
From there, the course first heads south and east along Muhammad Ali Boulevard. After turns on Chestnut Street and Lexington Road, the course then crosses over a bridge and into the eastern part of the city, where the next stretch of the course takes runners along the edges of Cave Hill National Cemetery, whose history dates all the way back to the early 1860s.
Runners next head east along Lexington Road into Louisville’s Cherokee Park, where runners will make their way along nearly two miles of the park’s Scenic Loop, which has separate lanes for cars and walkers, runners and bikers.
Run the Scenic Loop. The route will take runners past the Cherokee Golf Course near the park’s western edge as well as past Hogan’s Fountain, which lies right in the heart of the park along the Scenic Loop.
One of the first parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead — whose masterworks include the designs for both Prospect Park and Central Park in New York City — Cherokee Park features large open green spaces and rolling meadows that runners will make their way through as they turn off the Scenic Loop near the park’s southern edge and head onto Cherokee Park Road, which takes them out of the park near its northeastern corner.
The last few miles of the race bring runners back into downtown, past the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Science Center and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, all the way to the finish line on Main Street in front of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, where you can enjoy and sip to your heart’s content.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northern central part of the state along the banks of the winding Ohio River, Louisville typically sees its driest weather of the year in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 23ºF (in 1952) and as high as 93ºF (in 2007).
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2016 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon Results
- $75 – $95 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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