Course Details

What you can expect in 2022:

  • Course details are still being finalized and will be released soon!
  • The miniMarathon course will be similar to what was planned for the 2020 course, with a 13.1 mile run starting on Main Street near Louisville Slugger field, running through historic Old Louisville and including a lap through Churchill Downs, before finishing at Lynn Family Stadium home of Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville. 
  • The marathon course will be a combination of the 2020 and 2021 courses, including Churchill Downs, the Big Four Walking Bridge, and the Ohio River Greenway before also finishing at Lynn Family Stadium.
  • Race participants will get to experience the sights of beautiful downtown Louisville, the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, Churchill Downs, and parts of the scenic Olmsted Park System, among other attractions as they run. 

Race Details

  • Race participants should not use Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Baby Joggers, Strollers, Roller Skates and Roller Blades to complete the course
  • Headphones are allowed, but safety is cautioned with use of headphones, earbuds, air buds, etc.
  • Water Stations and restrooms along the race course

NOTE: Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon & Marathon race officials have the right to disqualify or remove from the course any participant whose activity violates any condition set forth or who poses any potential harm to himself/herself or any other participant.

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. Course services will not be available past this time.


Participant Safety Information

A color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) Moderate (yellow) High (red) Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions.

  • Email and website communication during race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.
  • Updates will be made at the Kentucky Derby Festival Race Expo via signage in the packet pick-up area and public address announcements.
  • On race day, the current Event Alert System status will be communicated via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas, and along the course at each of the 6 Norton Medical aid station locations and via large digital traffic message boards.
  • Runners signed up for Runner Tracking system can be directly communicated to via text or other alerts.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.

Event Alert System table:

Alert Level

Public safety message

Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon. If you see something say something, a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to onsite law enforcement personnel.

Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages or clothes along or near the race course, including the start and finish line areas. Use designated Gear Check areas to check your personal belongings, or leave your personal items with a friend or family member.

Thank you for helping to keep yourself and those around you safe.