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Kentucky Derby Festival

Saturday April 26th, 2025
Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: Marathon · Mini Marathon
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The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and mini Marathon presented by Walmart and Humana Vitality 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 finish in downtown Louisville.

Both races share the same start and finish lines, with runners from both races staying on the same course until Marathon runners split off at the 11-mile marker. Large and enthusiastic crowds line the sidewalks along the route, and volunteers handle duties ranging from race registration to handing out bottled water and orange slices. The course is scenic, yet challenging, including a hilly stretch through Iroquois Park and passing through historic Churchill Downs race course...

The resounding feedback from runners is organization, support and volunteers. That’s why they come back year after year. JoAnne Dewer from Indianapolis summed it up: “I’ve run great races all over the country and right in my own back yard. Never have I seen an event that was so well organized. Incredible volunteers … they’re everywhere! And there’s no better crowd than a Louisville crowd,” Dewer exclaimed. “I’ll continue to travel around to other races, but the mini is one I’ll always come back to.”

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Ronald Tucker
Louisville is a city that was born to worship running, fast. Today it's not just the horses who have all the fun. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon gives people a real taste of this historic city and the thrill of crossing the finish line.
Kentucky Derby Festival, Race Date: 2024-04-27, Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:26:12 Antonio Marchi 35 Lexington , KY US
2nd Male 2:44:26 Brandon Page 33 Louisville , KY US
3rd Male 2:46:42 Adam Togami 29 New Albany , IN US
4th Male 2:48:15 Nathan Kuck 29 Royal Oak , MI US
Female 2:51:27 Caroline Gosser 27 Louisville , KY US
2nd Female 2:57:44 Anna Wells 23 Louisville , KY US
3rd Female 3:00:52 Jennifer Karkoska 33 Hanover , MD US
4th Female 3:14:43 Abby Petter 42 Louisville , KY US
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 2:53:55 Greg Chaganos 42 Skokie , IL US
M 50-59 3:05:27 Steven Money 52 La Center , WA US
M 60-69 3:36:31 Yushe Chen 61 Carmel , IN US
M 70+ 4:01:23 Choctaw Badgett 73 Lewisport , KY US
F 40-49 3:14:43 Abby Petter 42 Louisville , KY US
F 50-59 3:51:07 Kyoko Yamamoto 50 Knoxville , TN US
F 60-69 4:17:27 Margaret Johnson 60 Louisville , KY US
F 70+ 5:09:48 Jan Melton 72 Roswell , NM US
Kentucky Derby Festival

Kentucky Half Classic

It can be hard to determine which half marathon you want to run in the spring. To make it easier, Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon in Lexington and the Kentucky Derby Festivalmini Marathon in Louisville have teamed up and are encouraging runners to do both!

Now you can run the picturesque horse farms of Lexington including Donamire Farm,Stone street Farm and Keeneland along with great urban attractions in Louisville such as Louisville Slugger, the University of Louisville campus, Churchill Downs and more.

United States Track and Field Sanctioned Course and Event

  • Boston Marathon Qualifying event
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Baby Joggers, Strollers, Roller Skates and Roller Blades are not permitted on the course
  • Headphones (Ipods, MP3 players, CDs, Tape Walkmans, Radios, etc.) are discouraged
  • Fluid and Medical Stations are positioned along the race course
  • Water and Powerade are offered at Fluid Stations
  • Norton Sports Health Medical Stations along route

NOTE: All participants must maintain no more than a 13:45 minute per mile pace for the full Marathon or a 15:00 minute per mile in the half Marathon.

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