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Kentucky Derby Festival

Saturday May 4th, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: Marathon

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 scenic13.1- 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.
Race Date: 04/28/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:21:19 Jeremy Johnson 24 Austin, IN
2nd Male 2:24:52 Michael Deren 30 Louisville, KY
3rd Male 2:28:45 David Winfrey 52 Louisville, KY
4th Male 2:28:48 James Garvin 30 Fort Knox, KY
Female 2:29:09 Abigail Showman 29 Tallahassee, FL
2nd Female 2:31:37 Lisa Bell 47 Heber City, UT
3rd Female 2:31:55 Dana Hughes 38 Nashville, TN
4th Female 2:34:47 Dayle Kendall 36 Pittsburgh, PA
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 2:36:23 Eric Brown 41 Houston TX
M 50-59 2:28:45 David Winfrey 52 Louisville, KY
M 60-69 3:26:11 Howard Bookey 64 Calgary AB
F 40-49 2:31:37 Lisa Bell 47 Heber City, UT
F 50-59 2:40:59 Krista Franklin 53 Sellersburg IN
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.

In total, you’ll cover 26.2 Miles in Kentucky!

  • 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: Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon &mini Marathon race officials have the right to disqualify or remove from the course any participant whose activity violates any condition set forth or who poses any potential harm to himself/herself or any other participant.

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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