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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.

Urban Bourbonites

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® Urban Bourbonites serve as race ambassadors to encourage participation in the 2017 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam®. This year’s 11 Bourbonites come from very diverse running backgrounds; they will help us spread the word to their friends, family members, and fellow runners. They are also the sounding board for our race management team, sharing new ideas and helping us make the runner experience the best we possibly can.

You can meet our 2017 Urban Bourbonites below:

Rob Arnold

Hometown: Davenport, IN

Facebook: rbarnold

Instagram: rob_arnold2626

Twitter: voltagestrength

How many half marathons have you run? 10

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? Because I love doing races and local events. I've done all of the other local races and the Bourbon Chase, but have never done this one

Why do you run? It's one of the many tools in my fitness toolbox. I've been a personal trainer and strength coach for 15 years and this helps keep me conditioned.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Pizza and beer

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Start training early and get plenty of mobility work. Also attend running workshops.

Dr. Yvonne Denise Austin

Hometown: Azangeburg, SC

Facebook: Yvonne Denise Austin

Instagram: Yvonnespace

Twitter: Yvonnespace

How many half marathons have you run? 8

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To encourage people to run, walk, get up and move, and combine having fun with running. Living a healthy lifestyle and celebrating with bourbon.

Why do you run? To have fun but more important to develop healthy habits for myself, family, friends and social media followers.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Pizza and bourbon

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Run with groups, it’s the best way to meet people and support each other. Enjoy the party on the pavement, relax, have fun, and trust the training. See the city on foot with thousands of friends.

Brad Bell

Hometown: New Albany, IN

Facebook: The Real Brad Bell

Instagram: bradb272

Twitter: VIPhostbrad

How many half marathons have you run? 4

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? The Urban Bourbon was my very first half and will always hold a special place. I want other new runners to have the same experiences that I did.

Why do you run? To be healthier, relax and escape for a short time.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Pizza and bourbon of course…white wine is also a weakness.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Don’t push yourself and run at your own pace.

Kim Dallara

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Facebook: Kim Dallara

Instagram: Kdallara

Twitter: KD_FL

Website/Blog: balancedfitnesstraining.com

How many half marathons have you run? 7

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I'm the slowest runner out there, but I run with a lot of heart and enthusiasm. I want to show others that if I can do it, anyone can!

Why do you run? To prove to myself, and others, that I can.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Anything buffalo flavored!

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Have fun! Don't take it too seriously. Just put one foot in front of the other until you get to the bourbon

Charlotte Gross

Facebook: charlotteetiergross

Instagram: charlotteetiergross

How many half marathons have you run? 9

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? Because I love Louisville, bourbon, and running (in that order).

Why do you run? I run as a complement to my yoga practice ( I am a registered yoga teacher) and as a way for my husband and me to get some uninterrupted time together.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Bourbon (obviously!)

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? To enjoy themselves and enjoy running in Louisville! Also to train so you can enjoy your bourbon after!

Jacob Gross


Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Facebook: Jacob Gross

Instagram: jakegross

Twitter: higheredprof

How many half marathons have you run? 33

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I have been a long distance runner for 17 years and became a bourbon lover about three years ago. The Urban Bourbon Half brings these two loves together, plus my wife and I are doing it together, so it brings three loves together!

Why do you run? It helps me feel less guilty about a glass (or two) of bourbon.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Bourbon

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Enjoy the scenery and have fun.

Simon Kay

Hometown: Solon, OH

Facebook: The Only Simon Kay

Instagram: simonrunsalot

Twitter: Simonistalking

Other Social Media: wordpress.thesimonexperience.com

How many half marathons have you run? A good amount

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? Running is awesome. And the Urban Bourbon Half is a great experience.

Why do you run? Because Oreos aren't zero calories

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Oreos and tequila

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Make sure you've pooped before it starts

Heather Lowry

Hometown: A little bit of everywhere

Facebook: heather.lowry.52

Instagram: baby_blue1178

How many half marathons have you run? 8

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I love this race and, most importantly, I love bourbon

Why do you run? For my life, I've lost 93 pounds and healthy lifestyles are my only option.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Bourbon, of course

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Just remember there is bourbon at the end

Corey T. Queen

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Facebook: corey.t.queen

Instagram: corey_the_instant_classic

Twitter: cardiaccorey72

Website/Blog: BipolarFatherAthleteMarathoner.blogspot.com

How many half marathons have you run? 5 as of now, by November it will be 8

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? Because not only do I love the Urban Bourbon race, but I feel like this race is a crown jewel of Louisville and everyone should come run it.

Why do you run? I enjoy the time to myself, as well as the clarity it gives me. I also love the running community.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Bourbon and pancakes

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Enjoy the crowd support and love. Embrace the hills. Celebrate yourself at the after party.

Abby Ramirez

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Facebook: Abbey Taylor Ramirez (Bennett)

Instagram: abbeyramirez

Twitter: abbytramirez

How many half marathons have you run? 5

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To spread the work about the best race in Louisville

Why do you run? Stress relief, time alone (at times), To explore new places and so many other reasons!

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Donuts and margaritas

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Prep for the hills with hill repeats and don't dress too warm.

Harmony Ray

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Originally from Portland OR)

Facebook: Harmony Ray

Instagram: stumptown_n8v

Twitter: stumptownN8V

Website/Blog: thislifelivenow.wordpress.com

How many half marathons have you run? 15

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I love to share my love of running with others and I encourage people to try races at whatever capacity they are able to (walk, run, etc.).

Why do you run? Running gives me peace and a sense of accomplishment. Running allows me to see my world in color. Running cures what ails me.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? I love uncured bacon

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Find a plan, stick to it, enjoy race day. Train for hills and do it at Cherokee!

Myrdin Thompson

Hometown: Born in Baltimore, lived in Louisville for over 20 years

Facebook: myrdin thompson

Instagram: myrdinJT

Twitter: myrdinJT

Other Social Media: Garmin and Strava

Website/Blog: www.rootswingsandme.com

How many half marathons have you run? 8

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? Don’t see many master runners as role models ( men or women) and I feel it's and under represented group although it is the largest demographic.

Why do you run? Originally started running because of my step father passing away from Parkinson's related complications. I am a member of Team Fox, but now run for my own health and to continue to support others via Fox Foundation.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Mint chocolate chip ice cream

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Break it into sections, go by three miles at a time, then another 3 miles etc. at a time, save energy to run that finish.

Rebecca Treviño

Hometown: Starkville, MS

Facebook: Rebecca Treviño and Pro31 Wellness

Instagram: Pro31Wellness

Twitter: Pro31Image

Website/Blog: pro31consulting.com

How many half marathons have you run? 8

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To encourage others to run 13.1 miles as a milestone in their training. Plus it's a beautiful course and a great after-party!

Why do you run? I run for fellowship with other runners, an excuse to get outside, and stress relief.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Chocolate ganache torte

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Enjoy the journey.