• 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 BeamĀ® 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!


West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
43 26
"Will Run for Bourbon!"
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Laura 's thoughts:

Overall: LOVE THIS RACE! Awesome participant experience from the course to the post-race Bourbon Bash!

T-shirts/SWAG: Bright coral-colored long sleeve tech shirt, gender specific. The shirts ran a little on the larger side (not that I care, I never wear the race shirts). The medal is an Evan Williams bourbon bottle that the Urban Bourbon staff hand-dip in wax.

Aid Stations: There were 6 aid stations on the course that had water and Powerade. The volunteers were awesome! Half the aid stations also had Port-a-Potties as well.

Course Scenery: Part of the course is in downtown Louisville which is very cool, especially for me since I was an out-of-towner. Cherokee Park was beautiful to run through and there were a lot of spectators, including some DJs set up along the course to pump up the runners!

Expo: I arrived late (damn you Indiana road construction!) so I was unable to attend the expo. However, the wonderful volunteers still allowed me to grab my packet even though I arrived 15 minutes after the expo was over.

Elevation: There were a couple gradual inclines scattered throughout the course and one steep hill through Cherokee Park.

Parking/Access: I stayed at the partner hotel (The Galt House) and the start/finish and Bourbon Bash were literally right outside. The rooms were pretty reasonable, so if able, I would highly recommend staying there.

The Bourbon Bash: The highlight of the weekend! Several distilleries including Evan Williams had tents and each participant could get 4 shots of bourbon, 1 beer, 1 slice of pizza form Bearno's, and a bowl of Kentucky burgoo stew. The Louisville Crashers were playing during the party and had the crowd dancing and singing along. There was a tent where runners could get their medal engraved with their finishing time and a massage booth.

Race management: Michael Clemons (the Race Director) and his team do such a great job at making this event spectacular for the participants and spectators. It has that easy, backyard party vibe and the variety at the Bourbon Bash encourages people to hang around, eat, and drink. The start/finish is pretty well organized (runners line up by pace, no corrals).

You can also check out my blog for a look at my race-cation weekend and more pictures!

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