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Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

The Spirit of Racing is Alive and Well

Since our Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is meant for those age 21 or older, you must be at least 21 on race day to register.

FAQs

Only those age 21 and over are able to participate in the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam®. You must be at least age 21 on Oct. 21, 2017, to register. Due to the age restrictions, all runners are required to pick up their own Urban Bourbon Bash wristbands. There is NO race day registration or packet pick-up.

How long is the race?

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® is a 13.1 mile race.

What time does the race start?

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® begins at 8:30 a.m. ET.

How do I register?

You can register online at our secure site. Click on the Registration tab and follow the directions. Online registration for the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® will close at midnight on Oct. 17, 2017. Remember – there are no refunds.

Is there a capacity limit (cap) on the races?

No, there is no limit. However, race organizers reserve the right to close registration.

May walkers participate in the Half Marathon?

Yes, walkers may participate, but they must be able to keep a 15:00 minute per mile pace. Roads will reopen at this pace and course services are not guaranteed to be available past this time.

What events do you offer?

A half marathon and corporate challenge. We also offer the Louisville pure tap® 5k on Sept. 9, 2017, and the Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K on Sept. 30, 2017. Additional information about these races can be found at fallrunathon.com

Where is the Start Line?

The start line for the Half Marathon is on Main Street between 5th Street and 6th Street, the same location as the Finish Line.

Where is the Finish Line?

The finish line is on Main Street between 5th Street and 6th Street across from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.

What time does the Finish Line close?

The Finish Line will close at 12:00 p.m.

Are headphones, iPods or MP3 players permitted?

You may wear your headphones, iPods or MP3 players; however, we ask that you keep the volume at a reasonable level for your own safety and out of courtesy for fellow participants.  You should still be able to hear participants and volunteers in proximity to you.

Do I need to return the chip?

No. We are using disposable chips attached to the back of the race bibs that DO NOT need to be turned in after the race.

Are strollers allowed?

No. Strollers and pets are NOT allowed in the Half Marathon.

What is the temperature that time of year?

According to weather.com, the average high is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where should I park?

There is plenty of parking near the course. You can view a map here. The best parking lots are located between Main Street and River Road. There are garages that can be access on 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 6th Street via River Road.

How far apart are the water stations?

There are 7 water stations strategically placed on the course serving Louisville pure tap® water. The first, fourth, sixth and seventh stations will also have Powerade.

Do I receive a medal?

All Half Marathon and Corporate Challenge finishers receive a medal.

What will I receive for participating?

Participants in the Half Marathon and Corporate Challenge will receive tech shirts, virtual goodie bags and finisher medals. Participants also have access to hydration drink stations and medical stations provided by KentuckyOne Health.  At the finish line, walkers and runners will enjoy Mylar blankets, fruit, bagels, Powerade and TruMoo chocolate milk.

Along with race entry, all registrants will receive a free wristband for the post-race Urban Bourbon Bash held on the Belvedere from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. With a wristband, race participants can enjoy a sampling of bourbons from various distillers along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky Ale beer, Bearno’s Pizza, and plenty of prize and photo opportunities. The popular local band the Louisville Crashers will perform at the post-race party.

Is there a place to keep my keys and extra clothes?

Yes, Gear Check will be available on the Belvedere near the start and finish.

Is bib-swapping permitted?

Yes. Bibs can be swapped until Oct. 2. To swap bibs, log into your RunSignUp account, go to “Profile” > “My Registered Races” > “View/Edit” > “Transfer to Another Runner.” There is a $25 processing fee.

Can I defer my registration?

Yes, you have until Oct. 2 to defer your registration until 2018. To defer, log into your RunSignUp account, go to “Profile” > “My Registered Races” > “View/Edit” > “Defer.” There is a $25 processing fee.

Is there a penalty for giving my bib to another runner on race day?

Yes. Any participant who runs under someone else’s bib will be disqualified and will not be scored. For the safety of our runners, and in case of a medical emergency, it is imperative that the registration data associated with the race number belongs to the person wearing the bib. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent Louisville Sports Commission events for a minimum of two years.

Minimum Two-Year Ban for Unauthorized Runners

Our past races have had numerous participants run under someone else’s race number. While this may seem harmless to the parties perpetrating the bib transfer, it does convey serious consequences to the organizers and participant field. From race results to finishers’ awards being impacted, as well as medical staff being able to correctly identify participants in need of treatment, it is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number belongs to you, the participant. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent Louisville Sports Commission events for a minimum of two years.

When is the last day to register?

The last day to register online for the Half Marathon is Oct. 17. You can register on Oct. 20 at packet pick-up for $110 (cash only). There is no race morning registration.

How can I see if I’m registered?

Registration confirmation is available online, Click the Registration link to visit the RunSignUp registration page, then click on “Find a Participant” on the left-hand column. From there, you will be able to search for your registration.

Do you offer a military discount?

We are happy to offer active US military members, veterans and their families 10% off race registration. To receive a military discount, email a copy of your military ID or DD214 to mclemons@louisvillesports.org. You will then be given a code to register at the discounted rate.

Where do I get my race packet?

Packet pickup for those participating in the Half Marathon and Corporate Challenge will be in the Pigment Gallery at the Mellwood Arts Center. Packet pickup will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will need a valid photo ID that shows date of birth (e.g., driver’s license or student ID).

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

YES. Someone can pick up your race bib and T-shirt for you at Friday’s Packet Pick-up; however, they must have a copy of your ID or race registration confirmation. That person will NOT be able to pick up your Urban Bourbon Bash wristband, which you will need to enjoy the free food and alcohol post-race. To receive your wristband, you will need to show your ID in person at the post-race Urban Bourbon Bash entrance on the Belvedere.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

There will be NO CHECK-IN or PACKET PICK-UP on race morning.

What types of wheelchairs are allowed?

Push-rims are the only style of wheelchair allowed. The top three male/female wheelchairs are recognized in each event.

Are there bathrooms on the Half Marathon course?

Bathrooms will be available (typically porta-potties) on the Belvedere near the start line and at all water stations along the Half Marathon course.

How do I get my results?

You will be able to get results on the UrbanBourbonHalf.com website by 7 p.m. race day.

What are the awards for the age group winners?

The top overall male and female will receive a custom bourbon barrel head. The top three males and females in each age group will receive a custom bourbon-themed award. Age groups are as follows: 21-24, 25-29, 30-34 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & over. Only registered participants are eligible to receive any awards.

What are the street closures?

Race organizers are currently working with the Louisville Metro Police Department to determine the 2017 official race route. Once the route is finalized, a list of street closures and course maps will be added to the race website.

What is the cancellation policy?

Sorry, there are NO refunds for cancellations.

What streets will be closed?

The following streets will be closed during the following times*:

  • Main Street (2nd Street to 4rd Street)  7:30 am – 8:50 am
  • 1st Street (Main Street to Witherspoon)  8:00 am – 8:50 am
  • Witherspoon (1st Street to River Rd) 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • River Road (Preston to Witherspoon) 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Preston (Witherspoon to Muhammad Ali 8:00 am – 9:15 am
  • Muhammad Ali (3rd Street to E Chestnut Street)  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • East Chestnut Street (Wenzel Street to Baxter Avenue)  7:30 am – 11:50 am
  • Lexington Road (downtown to Cherokee Park Scenic Loop)  8:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Cherokee Park Scenic Loop  7:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Cherokee Parkway (Willow Avenue to Grinstead Drive)  7:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Grinstead Drive (Lexington Road to Baxter Avenue)  7:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Baxter Avenue (Cherokee Road and Broadway to Liberty Street)  7:30 am – 11:50 am
  • 9th Street (W Main St to W Muhammad Ali)  8:15 am – 12:00 pm
  • Muhammad Ali (3rd Street to 13th Street)  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Main Street (9th Street to 6th Street)  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Main Street (4th Street to 6th Street)  5:30 am – 1:00 pm

*These times are estimates. Streets could re-open earlier.