Kentucky > Republic Bank Big Hit Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon
Louisville, KY • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
One of the country's true sports capitals -- if for nothing else because it is the home of "the greatest two minutes in sports," the annual springtime running of thoroughbred horce racing's Kentucky Derby -- Louisville plays host to the 3rd annual running of the Big Hit Half Marathon in 2013.
The race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes just a stone's throw from the winding Ohio River, right in front of Louisville Slugger Field, the home of the Louisville Bats AAA minor league baseball team and named for the world-famous baseball bats that have been made here by Hillerich & Bradsby since the late 1880s.
From the starting line along Main Street in front of the stadium, runners will head out on a course that features two loop sections at either end of a long, roughly three-mile straightaway stretch along 3rd Street. In between, runners will make their way in the early going through the neighborhoods that lie closest to the river, with nearly the first two miles of the half marathon route unfolding along Main Street, followed by turns onto 17th Street, West Jefferson Street and 16th Street.
After the brief stretch along 16th, runners make another left turn onto Broadway, which they follow straight for nearly a mile before reaching 3rd Street, where they turn right and begin the first long straightaway stretch south, heading toward several of the major attractions for which the city is perhaps best known -- the campus of the University of Louisville, Cardinal Stadium and the legendary Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby each May.
Runners stay on 3rd Street for the next three miles, heading all the way down to Central Avenue, where they turn left as they near Churchill Downs. Once they make the turn, the route heads east along Central Avenue toward Floyd Street, where runners turn left and head northward past Cardinal Stadium and toward the University of Louisville campus.
The tree-lined streets of the campus bring runners past the university's law school and its Speed Art Museum as it puts the field back onto 3rd Street for the reverse stretch back northward toward the river, and toward Louisville Slugger Stadium for the race finish. The final stretch brings runners through the city's central business district and back into the stadium for one of the most unique aspects of the race, as runners get to cross the finish line by quite literally running across home plate inside the stadium to complete their run.
Open to both runners and walkers, the race begins at 7:45 AM -- rain or shine, organizers note -- and participants must be able to finish the half marathon distance within 3 1/2 hours. Just over 1,000 runners crossed the finish line at the race's 2012 running, including 588 finishers in the half marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along a bend in the Ohio River that separates Indiana and Kentucky in the northwestern part of the state, roughly 100 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Louisville typically sees October temperatures that average between 49°F and 68°F, while rainfall totals average just under 2.8 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 26), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 64°F.
View the course map for the Big Hit Half Marathon
$54 for the half marathon, if registered by June 15, 2013
$64 between June 16 - August 15
$74 between August 16 - October 24
$84 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of Louisville's Republic Bank Big Hit Half Marathon or Quarter Marathon, register online at Active.com.
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