Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

Saturday, October 24, 2015 • 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 5th 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. 24), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 65ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:30 AM


  • $60 for the half marathon, if registered before February 2, 2015
  • $65 between Feb. 2 – May 10
  • $75 between May 11 – September 7
  • $85 on Sept. 8 and after
  • Registration (online) closes October 20


To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one

  • Angus McKenzie August 21, 2015, 2:34 am

    Hi there
    I am a 19 year old freshman this year at the university of Kentucky and am planning on running a half marathon later this year. In order to benefit my community and help develop myself as a person, I plan on running and fundraising for one of the local high schools in Lexington, hoping to raise money to support the sports programs. I understand that you say that you have to be 21 in order to race, but I was just wondering if you would make an exception due to the nature of the venture. I don’t mind wearing a sign saying I am u21, it is just that your half marathon would be the ideal course to run and is situated at the perfect time of year for me to train up to and effectively raise money.

    Thank you for your time

    Angus McKenzie


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