- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
This was my first entry into the first leg of Louisville's Triple Crown of Running, the Anthem 5K. The course was relocated this year due to massive road construction around downtown Louisville to complete the Ohio River bridges project. The course was moved to an industrial/business park in eastern Jefferson County with only two viable ways into the park and an absolute disaster at best. The race had to be delayed by 40 minutes and even after hitting the one mile marker several racers were still walking towards the start line.
The race wrapped through the business park with no true scenery but did contain a decent course for the run with aid stations setup in a couple areas of the 3.1 miles. The roads were two lanes deep and very congested during the run taking several PR potentials from runners who could not get away from slow runners or walkers five to six wide. Every place you went to step was already occupied by someone else. Further, the lack of organization at the "swag" tent after the race left many people in line for over 30 minutes while hundreds cut the line to get their goodies.
The traffic exiting the event was twice as bad as the traffic coming to the race. The park's two lane roads were grid locked for well over an hour. There was very little effort put into this event by the race management and worse, the Race Director publicly criticized the runners for not heeding their warnings before hand, placing all the blame on the runners. A poor location with poor logistics cannot be blamed on the runners.
In closing, this is a three part race series that compliments the Kentucky Derby and the Race for the Triple Crown, however the lack of management coupled with the finger pointing makes me leery to register next year. The other two races of the series have gone off with no problems though so it could have been growing pains mixed with a new location. Overall, to be part of the Triple Crown experience is worth it and I would recommend any new runner to take part in this race and the entire series.