Saturday, October 16, 2021 • 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 10th annual running this year and features a finish line along Louisville’s Liberty Street, just down from the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse.
If you like bourbon, this is your race — there’s Jim Beam 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 convention center 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 along 4th Street, between Market Street and Jefferson Street, next to the Kentucky International Convention Center.
From there, the course first heads north and east along Main Street, and then north again past Louisville Waterfront Park and Louisville Slugger Field, the home of the Louisville Bats minor league baseball team.
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 all the way to the finish line on Liberty Street, between 4th and 5th Streets.
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. 16), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2019 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Results
- 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
Course Time Limit
3 hours, 15 minutes — or 15 minute/mile
- $75 – $95 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.