• Louisville,
    United States
  • October
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

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The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® is an exciting, one-of-a-kind marathon featuring the beautiful scenery and bourbon for which Kentucky is famous. Starting and finishing in downtown Louisville, race participants will experience a scenic course through the fall foliage in Cherokee Park and past numerous downtown landmarks. After crossing the Finish Line, all participants receive free entry into the best post-race party around. The post-race Urban Bourbon Bash provides participants with free bourbon tastings, beer, pizza and Kentucky burgoo, all while being serenaded by local live music. Join us in Louisville for this amazing half marathon!

Mark Davidhizar

Elkhart, Indiana, United States
55 81
"Can't Say Enough About The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon"
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Mark Davidhizar's thoughts:

Wow! This is one of the most well thought out, put together races I have ever ran. It all starts months in advance with race email, and social media posts keeping runners up to date on all that is going on and keeping everyone excited. Also, they are very involved in replying to your tweets or facebook posts. Very encouraging and personable.
Packet pickup was held at Louisville Slugger field. If you like large expos (I am guilty) you will be disappointed. That's not what they do. For the record, I was not disappointed in packet pickup. It was quick and easy to go in, grab your bib, get your shirt, and sample some Bourbon. Side note, you have to be 21 years or older to run.

Race starts and finishes in downtown Louisville. Be ready for your GPS to be thrown off by the tall buildings, it happened to me. The course starred off flat but hills were thrown in between mikes 4-8 as you ran through Cherokee Park. The park was my favorite part of the course with the hills and fall colors. It was beautiful.
Aid stations were well staffed with volunteers throughout the course, also police were at every intersection making sure roads were clear and safe for the runners. You can tell the city really stands behind and supports this race.
The finish is in downtown. Once you finish, you are given an awesome looking medals, a bottle of water, a finishers photo is taken (all photo downloads were FREE this year!), a heat sheet, and then more food options including bagels, fruit, poweraid. And that doesn't include the post race party.

Post race party (Urban Bash) included live music, Bourbon samplings, pizza, and great soup. Great environment to hang out in.

From registration all the way till leaving the race, this is a must run. The environment is spectacular. Glad I made the trip down to Louisville!

So glad to hear you had a great experience, Mark! Good luck up in Indy next weekend, and hopefully we'll see you again in 2017 for another round!

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