Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.1
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
3.1
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
4
The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana has grown from a small local road race into the largest day of road racing in Kentucky history. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete the scenic 13.1- and 26.2-mile courses that start and … MORE
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    KirstensDad FIRST-TIMER '16

    Very crowded start with marathon and half marathon runners together. A lot of walkers up front. In my mind it was poor (if any) method to assigning corrals. I was … MORE

    Very crowded start with marathon and half marathon runners together. A lot of walkers up front. In my mind it was poor (if any) method to assigning corrals. I was in B and people in A were walking before the first water station. This was not one or two but dozens. The expo was good. Nice quality medal and shirt. Running through Church Hill downs was cool. There is a few miles in a park that are scenic and a short stretch of down town, but mostly nothing really to look at.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    I ran this race paired with the Flying Pig Marathon the next day. I had heard mixed reviews about it. Many people said the half course is much better, that … MORE

    I ran this race paired with the Flying Pig Marathon the next day. I had heard mixed reviews about it. Many people said the half course is much better, that the full is boring or ugly. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the entire race. My thoughts:

    First, there was a ton of road construction in the Louisville area, so that was a pain but not the race’s fault. I stayed across the river, in Indiana. It was walking distance to the start/finish, but the weather didn’t really permit that this weekend! If you are able to stay downtown near the race course, that would make things easier.

    The expo was good – much larger than I anticipated. I’m not big on expos, but it wasn’t too crowded so walking around wasn’t bad. The shirt was great – a nice color blue and fit well. I was also delighted to receive an orange marathon hat, which was a nice surprise! There is also a nice poster.

    The start was well organized, and went off without a hitch. The cool part is the official bugle player for the Derby plays at the start of the race – unique!! You run through downtown for a bit and share the course with the half runners for maybe ten miles or so before they go in a different direction. I’m not going to say the course is stunning or as beautiful as some other races, but it was good. It’s a city race, but you actually go through Iroquois Park for several miles in the middle. That is the hilly part, but it was quite lovely. It was pouring rain for much of the race (after about five miles, it rained steadily, and heavily at times). The park was beautiful and peaceful and one of my favorite parts. I’ll agree with other reviewers that it is much quieter and more spread out after the half runners peel off, but I look forward to that space.

    One of the best parts of the race is going through the tunnel under Churchill Downs and up into the infield. That was awesome, and something most people will never do or see. If it hadn’t been raining I would have taken more than one (wet) photo, but it was pretty incredible. There were horses and riders out on the track which was pretty neat and definitely a highlight.

    There weren’t many spectators out on the course because of the weather, but them’s the breaks. The volunteers were great and there were plenty of stocked aid stations along the course (roughly every two miles).

    The finish area would be great on a dry day, but with all the rain it was pretty muddy and full of puddles. Of course when you’re already drenched, it doesn’t really matter. They had space blankets and of course the awesome medal. Lots of goodies at the finish too.

    Overall I really liked the event. I found it to be very well organized with great communication. The weather could be a factor but even with the rain, I enjoyed the course and the event as a whole. Good swag and unique elements that you can only find in Louisville.

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The expo was fun with a variety of gear to buy. I got my husband a bike shirt for $20 and myself a Headsweats visor. My friends got free KT … MORE

    The expo was fun with a variety of gear to buy. I got my husband a bike shirt for $20 and myself a Headsweats visor. My friends got free KT tape and we all had a group selfie. The start of the race included a bugle player just like at the horse track. Part of the course ran past really cool architecture and there were even some folks from a retirement home handing out orange slices. Around mile 7 we entered the icon Kentucky Derby track. The post race area had a live band, beer area and some food trucks. It was cold and rainy that day so we didn’t stay long afterwards.

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '17

    Not a bad race. Pretty flat course. Good race support on the course. Great communications, because there was a bad storm in the area prior to the race, which delayed … MORE

    Not a bad race. Pretty flat course. Good race support on the course. Great communications, because there was a bad storm in the area prior to the race, which delayed the race 1.5 hours. They kept us informed on race start and a good race overall. I was a little slower than normal because of prior races the weekend before. Nice to run in Churchill Downs.

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '16

    What made this run so unique was that you had the privilege of running around Louisville and through Churchill Downs. While you weren't allowed to run on the actual horse … MORE

    What made this run so unique was that you had the privilege of running around Louisville and through Churchill Downs. While you weren’t allowed to run on the actual horse track, you ran on the paved parts and we’re still inside the stadium … What a Rush! How many times can you say you’ve done that??? The rest of the run was Great. Overall it was flat minus the midway point around there was a significant peak for a mile and another uptick around mile 22 so the Elevation chart was pretty fair and accurate. The support was Awesome and the event was just well organized.

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    jllarsen FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first half marathon, and it was the perfect choice. A super flat course with very few turns. It rained for most of the race, but was still … MORE

    This was my first half marathon, and it was the perfect choice. A super flat course with very few turns. It rained for most of the race, but was still very enjoyable and not cold at all. Runs right through Churchill Downs, and a lot of the KY Derby horses were out doing their workouts, which was very cool. Plenty of bathrooms and water stations. Only complaint was that the shirts ran really small.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '12

    This is one of the flattest, fastest half marathons out there that isn't a point-to-point, downhill run. It has remarkably few turns, has almost zero hills or elevation change, and … MORE

    This is one of the flattest, fastest half marathons out there that isn’t a point-to-point, downhill run. It has remarkably few turns, has almost zero hills or elevation change, and takes place in late April, allowing for cool temperatures. It starts in the city and heads to the famed Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, before running back in almost a perfectly straight line on city streets. Additionally, the t-shirts and medals are very well designed and worth displaying. So if you’re within a 3-hour driving distance of Louisville (5 hours if, like me, you’re from Chicago), put in some speedwork and let that equine, Derby magic be the carrot for your next PR. I have heard that the marathon distance has a very hilly second half though.

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    2tallfritz FIRST-TIMER '14

    One of my favorite races of the year. Everything was perfect from the downtown Louisville staging area with a host hotel within walking distance to the expo and race start. … MORE

    One of my favorite races of the year. Everything was perfect from the downtown Louisville staging area with a host hotel within walking distance to the expo and race start. Plus a thriving downtown with lots of activities for the whole family. Then a GREAT race that showcased Louisville and all it’s attractions. A couple difficult sections but so worth it. My favorite part? The flowering trees and beautiful neighborhoods!

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