- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
The Rodes City 10K is the second leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running, an event that has been part of the Derby City since 1984. The Triple Crown of Running includes a 5K, 10K, and 10 Miler who compete to win the Triple Crown, a homage to the Horse Racing feat the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes). Steeped in tradition, the Louisville area hosts the fastest two minutes in sports each May with the Triple Crown of Running leading up to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.
The Rodes City 10K begins in Downtown Louisville on Broadway and moves east towards beautiful Cherokee Park (An Olmstead designed park) wraps around Cave Hill Cemetery before heading back into Downtown Louisville and finishing at the starting point. This is an amazing course that takes you past a lot of history of Louisville's Downtown and near landmarks such as Cherokee Park and Cave Hill Cemetery while still allowing you plenty of room to run uninhibited. The majority of the run takes place in areas that have four or more lanes for runners while some areas do drop down to two lanes. The majority of the time the lanes are wide enough through the early stages to allow separation of runners before congestion sets in.
The swag area was setup slightly better than the Anthem 5K, but lack of coordination allowed people to cut line making others wait over 30 minutes to get their fruits, PowerBars, and Gatorades. Lack of planning aided in the difficulty, which was expressed by several runners who had properly waited in line.
The t-shirt was a traditional cotton t shirt with the logo on the front.
They did provide disposable, bib attached time tracking, which is always a plus for me.
Upon leaving, there was very little difficulty due to the numerous exit points and easy access to Interstates 65, 64, and 71. I would definitely recommend the Rodes City 10K and Louisville Triple Crown of Running Series for the experience.