Kentucky > Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon
Louisville, KY • Saturday, November 3, 2012 • Course Map
The banks of the Ohio River as well as this famous Kentucky city's downtown streets and parks will be the setting for the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon, which is set to make its second annual running -- and is open to both runners and walkers -- along a point-to-point loop course through the city in the mid-fall season of 2012.
Organized (as the name suggests) by the Louisville Sports Commission, the same race organization that stages the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon that has become a 25-year running tradition here the week before the "most famous two minutes in sports," the half marathon starts next to Louisville Slugger Field, the home of minor league baseball's Louisville Bats, the AAA-level affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
From there, the course first heads east for several blocks along Main Street. After a couple of turns on Baxter Avenue 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. 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, the legendary park and landscape designer 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 half marathon take runners back into downtown Louisville, heading west along Baxter and then Liberty Street. Runners head west along Liberty and Muhummad Ali Boulevard for a long, flat stretch over the second half of the race, followed by a right turn back onto Main Street that brings runners in to the race finish line near the KFC Yum! Center, the sports arena that serves as the home stadium for the University of Louisville's men's and women's Cardinals basketball teams.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northern central part of the state along the banks of the winding Ohio River, which marks the border between Indiana and Kentucky, Louisville typically sees cool to sometimes cold weather in November, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 56°F and 39°F. On the day of the race (Nov. 3), the average high is 61°F and the average low is 43°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.8 inches for the month.
View the course map for the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by July 1, 2012
$65 between July 2 - September 30
$75 on October 1 and after
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2012 running of Louisville's LSC Half Marathon, register online at the event website.
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