Course Details

 

This year’s course route will be completely unique from past years, to accommodate the 4-day long event option and other COVID-19 safety precautions 

 

The course will be looped (starting and finishing at the same location), and begin in downtown Louisville, the route will run almost entirely along the Indiana Riverfront this year.  

Beginning and ending at Lynn Family Stadium (home of Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC), participants will cross the Big Four Bridge and continue along the Ohio River Greenway in Southern Indiana. The Greenway will take runners through New Albany, Jeffersonville, and Clarksville, all the while offering stunning views of the Ohio River, the iconic bridges that link Louisville and Southern Indiana, and the downtown Louisville Skyline. 

This year’s course is fairly flat, with the steepest parts being the climb to the top of the Big Four Bridge and back down. The Elevation Gain for the course is +621 ft, with the maximum grade being 3.2% and the minimum grade being -3.6%.

 

2021 miniMarathon Course Map

 

 

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.
  • Self-serve Water Stations along the race course

NOTE: Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon 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.

 

miniMarathon Turn-By-Turn

  • Start – Adams Street at Lynn Family Stadium – Heading West
  • Turn left onto Mill Street briefly
  • Right on East Witherspoon Street
  • Left onto (East) River Road
  • Turn Right onto Louisville Loop and head across the Big Four Bridge and down the ramp to Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • When you get to the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Pearl Street
  • Turn right onto West Riverside Drive and follow until reaching the start of the Ohio River Greenway
  • Turn right onto the Ohio River Greenway and continue until you reach Harrison Avenue
  • Turn left on Harrison Avenue and continue onto West Harrison Avenue until reaching Emery Crossing
  • Turn left on Emery Crossing
  • Take a sharp right to stay on Emery Crossing
  • Turn left onto Ohio River Greenway
  • Keep left on the Ohio River Greenway
  • When you come to the rest area, where Floyd Street and East 18th Street meet, there will be a turn-about where runners will head East on the Ohio River Greenway (Back in the direction they came)
  • Turn sharp right on Emery Crossing
  • Turn left to continue on Emery Crossing
  • Turn right onto West Harrison Avenue
  • Continue onto Harrison Avenue by taking a slight right
  • Keep left on the Ohio River Greenway path
  • Turn right onto East Riverside Drive
  • Turn sharp left onto Mulberry Street
  • Turn right, then left onto Pearl Street
  • Turn left onto the Big Four Bridge Ramp, continue across to the Louisville, Kentucky side
  • Turn right onto the Louisville Loop
  • Turn left to cross River Road and turn right onto East Witherspoon Street
  • Turn left onto Adams Street
  • Turn right onto Mills Street in front of Lynn Family Stadium to find the Chute and Finish Line

 

Marathon Turn-By-Turn

  • Start – Adams Street at Lynn Family Stadium – Heading West
  • Right on East Witherspoon Street
  • Turn Right onto River Road going East
  • Cross the street at the Yellow Lot on River Road
  • Turn right onto Louisville Loop, still heading East
  • Turn left to continue on the (North) Louisville Loop path alongside the Yellow Lot
  • Turn a sharp right to continue on the Louisville Loop Path (East)
  • Turn left to continue on the Louisville Loop Path and cross the Pedestrian Bridge alongside River Road
  • Turn left at the far side of Eva Badman Park & Cyclecross Venue and continue along the path before you see the turn-around indication
  • Turn right and follow the Louisville Loop Path back towards River Road (North)
  • Turn right (West) and continue on the Louisville Loop Path
  • Turn left onto Marinas Edge Way
  • Turn right onto River Shore Drive
  • Turn left on Dock View Drive
  • Turn right (South) toward River Road and Continue onto Louisville Loop
  • Turn right onto the Big Four Bridge ramp and continue across to Jeffersonville, Indiana side
  • Turn right at the bottom of the Big Four Bridge Ramp onto Pearl Street
  • Turn right onto West Riverside Drive
  • Continue on along East Riverside Drive
  • Turn left (West) and join the Ohio River Greenway
  • Continue on the Ohio River Greenway until reaching Harrison Avenue
  • Make a slight right on Harrison Avenue headed West
  • Turn right onto Bailey Avenue
  • Continue on Bailey Avenue past Francis Avenue to the split, before turning around and retracing the route until reaching Harrison Avenue again (There will be signage and additional course help at the turn-around location)
  • Turn right back onto Harrison Avenue
  • Turn left onto Emery Crossing
  • Turn right to continue on Emery Crossing (North)
  • Continue until making a sharp left onto Ohio River Greenway
  • Keep left onto Ohio River Greenway
  • Cross over the Ohio River Greenway Turnabout Lot onto Floyd Street
  • Rejoin the Ohio River Greenway for a short time before continuing left onto East Water Street
  • Turn right to turn around and continue back on Floyd Street (East)
  • Rejoin the Ohio River Greenway
  • Turn sharp right (South) onto Emery Crossing
  • Turn left to continue onto Emery Crossing (East)
  • Turn right onto West Harrison Avenue
  • Continue onto Harrison Avenue
  • Keep left onto Ohio River Greenway
  • Turn left onto West Riverside Drive (East)
  • Continue onto East Riverside Drive (East)
  • Turn left onto Pearl Street (North)
  • Turn left onto Big Four Bridge ramp and cross to Louisville, Kentucky side
  • Turn right onto Louisville Loop (West) at the bottom of the Big Four Bridge ramp
  • Keep left on Louisville Loop
  • Right to continue on Louisville Loop
  • Right on East Witherspoon Street (West)
  • Right onto Bingham Way
  • Turn right to cross onto the Louisville Loop along the Ohio River Waterfront
  • Head left (West) on the Louisville Loop along the Ohio River Waterfront
  • Continue west on the Louisville Loop until you reach the Turnabout marker around 12th Street
  • Make a U-Turn and head east on the Louisville Loop, back towards the Big Four Bridge
  • Left on Bingham Way (South)
  • Left on East Witherspoon Street
  • Left onto North Preston Street
  • Right onto Louisville Loop (East)
  • Continue onto Louisville Loop until you get to the Big Four Bridge Park
  • Turn left to cross River Road
  • Right onto East Witherspoon Street
  • Left onto Adams Street

Where are the Start and Finish Lines? 

The start and finish line are both at Lynn Family Stadium, home of Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville Football Club. 

 

Where can I find Turn-by-Turn directions? 

Turn-by-turn directions are found in the drop-down tab above, for your reference. 

 

What time does the Race Start? 

You will need to consult your registration confirmation email or visit your Runner Profile in the top right-hand corner of RunSignUp to get your specific starting time and corral. Please do not arrive at the Starting line more than 5 minutes before you are scheduled to run. 

*Starting times will be strictly enforced. You will need to arrive for the Corral you are assigned to. 

 

Can you switch Start Corrals on the day-of the Race? 

Because of COVID-19 Protocols, we will have to be very strict about who is starting at what time. We will have to keep everyone in the Corral they signed up for, to ensure social distancing and make it fair to all runners. 

However, you can switch corral start times in RunSignUp, as long as there is still room in the corral you’re switching into. You can find directions about how to swap your Corral in your RunSignUp Profile here: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000079342-update-corral-selection 

  

What’s new about the 2021 Humana miniMarathon and Marathon route? 

This year’s course route will be completely unique from past years, to accommodate the 4-day long event option and other COVID-19 safety precautions 

The course will be looped (starting and finishing at the same location), and begin in downtown Louisville, the route will run almost entirely along the Indiana Riverfront this year.  

Beginning and ending at Lynn Family Stadium (home of Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC), participants will cross the Big Four Bridge and continue along the Ohio River Greenway in Southern Indiana. The Greenway will take runners through New Albany, Jeffersonville, and Clarksville, all the while offering stunning views of the Ohio River, the iconic bridges that link Louisville and Southern Indiana, and the downtown Louisville Skyline. 

  

Is Humana mini still a loop course?  

Yes, the course is a loop course, with the start and finish line at Lynn Family Stadium, home of Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville Football Club crossing over the Big Four bridge and running along the Ohio River Greenway and Louisville Riverwalk. 

  

Are there time limits for the course? 

Yes. There is a 4-hour course limit for the miniMarathon, 6-hour course limit for the Marathon. 

THIS MEANS: All participants must maintain a 15:00 minute mile in the half Marathon (miniMarathon), 13:45 minute per mile pace in the Marathon. 

The roads will re-open behind runners maintaining a 15 minute per mile pace. A trail car will reopen the roads. The trail car starts after the runners in the last corral cross the Start Line. 

But Don’t Panic…participants will be allowed to complete the course by moving to the sidewalk and following pedestrian rules for safety. 

*PLEASE BE ADVISED: Course services will not be available beyond this pace time, and course deviations may happen if a runner is not keeping the projected race time. 

  

Do you offer runner tracking? 

Yes! We partner with the free app RaceJoy, to offer live Tracking & Progress Alerts on Race Day. Before the race, DOWNLOAD THE APP. 

Once downloaded to your mobile device, you will want to search & select the Kentucky Derby Festival race you are participating in, using the search box. The app will then walk you through how to use your bib number for Progress Alerts, Live Tracking, customizing notifications and using Send-A-Cheer to share time targeted messages with runners. 

  

What refreshments and nutrition will you have on the race route?  

We will have water stop locations on the route, thanks to our friends at the Louisville Water Company.   

(We also suggest bringing nutrition of your own to have on hand on the course, as nutrition will not be provided on this year’s course due to COVID-19 precautions.) 

 

Where are the Water Stops along the race route? 

We will have several water stop locations on the route. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, these stops will be selfserveWe will plan to share more details about where those Water Stop locations will be as we get closer to race day. 

*We strongly encourage runners to bring their own hydration packs with them.  

**For your safety, we strongly suggest only taking fluids & food from official race stops. 

  

Will the redesigned course still go through Churchill Downs? 

No, this year’s completely re-designed course will not go through Churchill Downs, as the entire course takes place along the Ohio Riverfront.  

  

What items are prohibited on the race 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.  

  

Can I use a mobile device and/or head phones on the route? 

Yes! We encourage you to download the RaceJoy App to better enjoy your race experience. 

  

What should I do if I need medical attention along the route? 

If it is an emergency, please contact 9-1-1. 

We will have medics surveying the course, as well as medical stops along the route, however we highly recommend if your need is urgent to contact emergency services. 

The modified race will take place in-person and will offer the same distances (13.1 & 26.2 miles), but will have some changes as part of the health & safety precautions we’re taking to provide a secure race experience. 

These changes include: 

  • An entirely new and unique course for the 2021 Humana miniMarathon & Marathon, that will better allow for social distancing 
  • Staggered start times that are pre-scheduled, to allow runners to socially distance
  • The miniMarathon length (13.1 miles) will take place over the course 4 days, from April 22-25, while the Marathon length (26.2 miles) will take place on April 24 only.
  • There will be course time limits for both miniMarathon & Marathon, to ensure social distancing remains throughout your Race Experience. (See below for details.) 
  • Traditional course support will be minimal, but we will be providing self-serve water stops, time tracking, and start and finish line support.

The courses are out and back style, so runners will have the opportunity to use water stops multiple times.

 

miniMarathon Water Stops: 

  1. Water & Port- e-lets Ashland Park, East Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN (mile 2)
  2. Water & Port- e-lets George Rogers Clark Homesite, Harrison Avenue, Clarksville, IN (mile 4)
  3. Water & Port- e-lets E 18th Street & Ohio River Greenway (mini Marathon turn around)
  4. Water & Port- e-lets George Rogers Clark Homesite, Harrison Avenue, Clarksville, IN (mile 8)
  5. Water & Port- e-lets Ashland Park, East Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN (mile 11)

 

Marathon Water Stops:

  1. Water only Big Four Bridge, River Rd Louisville KY (mile 3)
  2. Water & Port- e-lets Ashland Park, East Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN (mile 5)
  3. Water & Port- e-lets George Rogers Clark Homesite, Harrison Avenue, Clarksville, IN (mile 8 )
  4. Water & Port- e-lets E 18th Street & Ohio River Greenway (mile 10)
  5. Water & Port- e-lets 105 E Water St, New Albany, IN 47150 (mile 12)
  6. Water & Port- e-lets E 18th Street & Ohio River Greenway (mile 14)
  7. Water & Port- e-lets George Rogers Clark Homesite, Harrison Avenue, Clarksville, IN (mile 16)
  8. Water & Port- e-lets Ashland Park, East Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN (mile 18)
  9. Water & Port- e-lets Festival Plaza, Waterfront Park Louisville Ky (mile 21)
  10. Water & Port- e-lets Festival Plaza, Waterfront Park Louisville Ky (mile 25)