Frequently Asked Questions

The “miniMarathon” is a 1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles).

The Marathon & miniMarathon both start at 7:30am. Wheelchair athletes start at 7:25am.

Main Street and Brook Street in Downtown Louisville.

Preston and Witherspoon Street (near Waterfront Park).


The Finish Line will close at 1:30 pm.

Our race policy does not allow for refunds or deferrals.

The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon will review all transfer requests on a case by case basis. Runners can transfer race categories (miniMarathon or Marathon) for a $20.00 transfer fee, participants can make the change by logging in at RunSignUp with the user account they used to register.

Current registrants can transfer to another non-registered participant by emailing When transferring an entry, participants do not receive a refund on registration fees from Kentucky Derby Festival. All monetary transactions must be handled directly between the transferring participants. Entries may not be transferred more than once. Transfers are available through April 5th and will not be accepted beyond the cutoff date.

To transfer your bib number to another athlete we will need the following information:

  • Registered Participant Name
  • Registered Participant Confirmation Number
  • First and last name of new athlete
  • Email address of new athlete

Once we receive this information, your original registration will be cancelled (without refund). The new athlete will receive a customized registration link to accept your transfer, sign the event waiver and pay the $20 transfer fee. Once the new athlete registers through the customized link- the transfer process is complete. Once submitted, the transfer cannot be cancelled.


The following are strictly prohibited on the course:

  • Roller Skates (including in-line skate)
  • Bicycles (including hand crank bicycles)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Running Strollers
  • Animals
  • There will be NO bags allowed on this year’s course. You will have the opportunity to leave all belongings at gear check located at Louisville Slugger Field. Camel Backs & Water Bags will be allowed. 


The minimum age to participate in the Derby Festival Marathon is 16 and the miniMarathon is 12. Runners who are under the age of 18 will have to have a liability waiver signed by their legal guardian at packet pick-up.

All participants must maintain no more than a 13:45 minute per mile pace for the full Marathon or a 15:00 minute per mile in the half Marathon. Roads will reopen following the Louisville Metro Police trail car which starts after the last corral crosses the start line (not gun time). Course services will not be available past this time. All Marathoners must reach mile 20 Split (3rd & Breckinridge) by 12:05p.m. in order to continue the route with full support. If participants fall short of the 13:45 pace time participants have the option to continue the Marathon course without traffic support using sidewalks or continue the remaining half marathon course down 3rd St.

All timing chips are attached to the inside of all race bibs. Chips will be activated by crossing the timing mat at Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up on Thursday, April 28 & Friday, April 29 as well the start line of Saturday, April 30.

Race packets are available (ID REQUIRED) at the Derby Festival Race Expo & Packet Pick-Up at the Kentucky International Convention Center. NO PACKET PICKUP ON RACE DAY. Runner packets include race bib, timing chip, safety pins and important runner instructions.

Entry fees for the 2015 Derby Festival miniMarathon:

$65 – September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015

$75 – November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016

$85 – February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016

$95 – April 1, 2016 to April 25, 2016

Entry fees for the 2015 Derby Festival Marathon:

$75 – September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015

$85 – November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016

$95 – February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016

$105 – April 1, 2016 to April 25, 2016

$325 – Marathon Relay (per team)

$375 – miniMarathon Team Challenge (per team)

$300 – Marathon Team Challenge (3 Member)

$400 – Marathon Team Challenge (4 Member)

$475 – Marathon Team Challenge (5 Member)

What your entry fee includes:

  • Goodie Bag of GOODIE’s
  • Official ASICS Technical Race Shirt (men and women’s cut)
  • Finisher’s Medal (Marathon, miniMarathon, & Relay Finisher’s)
  • Limited Edition Marathon & miniMarathon Poster
  • Post Race Party Experience * Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront Admission
  • Finisher’s Certificate

Yes, walkers may participate, but must be able to keep a 13:45 minute per mile pace for the full Marathon or a 15:00 minute per mile pace in the miniMarathon.

No…Runners will run on pavement through the infield of Churchill Downs.

While the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc. does not recommend the use of MP3 players on the course for safety reasons, we do allow runners to use MP3 players if they so wish.


Tech Shirts will be available in both male and female cut shirts. Shirts are given based on original ordered size.


Exchanges can be made at T-shirt Exchange booth at the Race Expo & Packet-Pick Up if inventory is available.

Yes, KDF contracts MarathonFoto to provide not only race photos, but finishers certificates. For more information on how to receive your certificate please CLICK HERE.

Yes, there is a medal engraving available inside Runners Reunite located at Kroger’s Fest-a-ville at Waterfront Park.


Corral assignments will be listed on your race bib. Your number will be followed by a letter A, B, C the letter is your corral assignments.


No…All participants will be required to show a valid photo ID along with their registration confirmation at Packet Distribution.

The Running Wild Pasta Party is Friday, April 29.

Pasta Party Tickets are available to purchase by calling 1-800-928-3378 or online at Please have your Credit Card available. If tickets are still available at the expo, they will be available for sale at the Pasta Dinner Ticket Table at Runner Services booth located in the Expo.

Each participant is given a goodie bag at packet pick-up and can also be used as a gear check bag. Runner’s Gear can be left with the Runner’s Gear Truck, which will be stationed at the intersection of Preston and Main Streets at the start.  You can pick up your gear at the Runners Reunite area at the finish line located inside Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the waterfront.

Race T-shirts and posters are available to pick up at Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up on Thursday, April 28 between 4 pm – 8 pm and on Friday, April 29 between 11 am – 9 pm. Stay tuned for more details.

Parking is available in the following locations:  Witherspoon Parking Garage (1st Street and Witherspoon); Waterside Parking Garage (Brook Street and Washington Street); and other area parking lots.  There will be NO PARKING in the parking lot East of Louisville Slugger Field.  Anyone parking in this location will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Make arrangements to meet your family at the Runners Reunite area located inside Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront (Waterfront Park). There will be alphabetical signs, so choose a letter and meet there.  There is no charge for the runner’s reunite area.

Race organizers will offer 250 “Charity Bibs” for runners who missed the registration deadline. The bibs – which allow entry into either the Marathon or miniMarathon – cost $125, with the proceeds going to the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, the Derby Festival’s charitable arm. The Charity Bibs will only be available at the Race Expo & Packet Pick-Up, first-come, first-served starting on April 28.