Course Details

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There will be NO bags allowed on the 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. 

Absolutely no participant is allowed on the course prior to 7:30 a.m. (EDT). Any participant on the racecourse before 7:30 a.m. will be disqualified and asked to leave the racecourse. The following are strictly prohibited at all times:

  • Roller Skates (including in-line skate)
  • Bicycles (including hand crank bicycles)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Animals


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 Marathon and miniMarathon. 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.


Race Details

  • United States Track and Field Sanctioned Course and Event
  • Boston Marathon Qualifying event
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Baby Joggers, Strollers, Roller Skates and Roller Blades are not permitted on the course
  • Headphones (Ipods, MP3 players, CDs, Tape Walkmans, Radios, etc.) are discouraged
  • Fluid and Medical Stations are positioned along the race course
  • Water and Powerade are offered at Fluid Stations
  • Norton Sports Health Medical Stations along route

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 (not gun time). Course services will not be available past this time.


Be sure to be on the look-out for these fun course highlights while you’re running!

Catch a few tunes & hear our DJs play along the route in these spots:

  • 11th& Broadway
  • 3rd & Magnolia
  • 4th & Magnolia (Central Park)
  • SW Corner of Woodlawn & Southern PKWY

Louisville City FC Purple Mile: 3rd Street between Breckinridge and York

Catch our Local USL Team’s Cheer Squad along the Purple Mile – drums, flags & soccer fans await to motivate you!

Envy Dance Team: Winter & Barret Ave.

Possibly the grooviest spot on our race course – check out the dancers as you fly by!

17th & Main: LG&E Cheer Team

Central Ave.: Best viewing spots for friends and families to gather to cheer on runners – catch them twice in this area!

3rd & central: You’ll pass under the archway of the Humana Marathon Gateway – another mile you can tick off on your way to completing the course!

League of Mascots: Barret & Baxter in front of Great Clips

A silly sight if you can spot our gang of mascots along the route!

Legendary Wild Man Iroquois Park: Inside Iroquois Park

A beloved and long-time fan of Louisville runners, locals know & love him as the rowdy guy who will run alongside to give you a personal cheer!

Rubel & Broadway: Orange Theory Waterstop & Scream team


*6 Hour Course Limit for the Marathon

*4 Hours 20 minutes Course Limit for the miniMarathon

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

The roads will re-open progressively at the 15 minute per mile pace. The Louisville Metro Police trail car which starts after the last corral crosses the start line (not gun time) will reopen the roads. But Don’t Panic…participants will be allowed to continue the course by moving to the sidewalk and following pedestrian rules for safety. PLEASE NOTE, course services will not be available beyond this time.

Marathoners who do NOT reach Mile 8 (Churchill Downs Split) by 11:15AM will be deviated to the miniMarathon course at the course officials discretion. All Marathoners must reach the 20 mile Split (3rd & Breckinridge) by 12:05p.m. in order to continue the route with full support.

  • Start Line Locations:
  • S. South Floyd and Main: 20 & (2) handicap
  • N. Side of Main 7 Floyd: 20 & (2) handicap
  • N side of Main in front of Sluggerfield (15)
  • 20 & (1) handicap at N Brook & Washington
  • 20 & (1) handicap N Brook & Washington
  • 20 & (1) handicap W corner of Floyd & Witherspoon
  • S. Side of Main & Brook 20 & (1) handicap
  • 8 restrooms lined along the south side of Broadway; East of Rail road overpass
  • 5 Restrooms lined at 4th and Kentucky (lined on the North Side of Kentucky); 5 restrooms lined at 3rd and Kentucky (lined on the south side of Kentucky)
  • 4 Restrooms and 1 Handicap lined at 3rd and Central Ave across from the shopping center
  • 5 restrooms lined on Southern Parkway and Lone Oak Ave. (lined on the west side of Southern Parkway)
  • 5 restrooms lined on Southern Parkway and Southern Heights (lined on the west side of Southern Parkway)
  • 5 restrooms lined on Barrett Ave between Christy and Morton Ave. (Lined on Right side of road as you are going toward Eastern Parkway)
  • 5 restrooms lined on Baxter Ave at Broadway (lined on Baxter Ave after Broadway)
  • 25 restrooms and 1 Handicap lined on grass at Waterfront (North of I-64 Overpass) and 1 restroom and 1 handicap at Preston and Witherspoon.
  • 3 restrooms at 4th and Industry (lined on east side of 4th street) and 3 restrooms at 3rd and Eastern Parkway (west side of 3rd Street)
  • 3-5 restrooms at 3rd and Guthrie
  • 3-5 restrooms at Broadway and Baxter
  • 3-5 restrooms at Barrett and Breckinridge corner
  • 17th St. NW corner – Clifford Distributing
  • Broadway – 13th St. SE – St. Augustine*
  • 4th St. & Kentucky St. – Memorial Park*
  • 4th St. & Industry Ave.
  • 3rd St. between Oakdale & Central+
  • Iroquois Park Rd. & Iroquois Pkwy.*
  • Iroquois Park at Frisbee Golf Course*
  • Southern Pkwy. & Lone Oak Ave.*
  • Southern Pkwy. & Southern Heights*
  • 3rd St. & Haywood – 2914 3rd Street*+
  • 3rd St. & Eastern Pkwy. – Cross Walk at Tennis Courts*
  • 3rd & Kentucky St. – KDF*
  • Breckinridge at Vine St. – Government Building*+
  • Rubel & Broadway*
  • 2nd & Chestnut St. – Louisville Water Company*

*Powerade available

+Honey Stinger nutrition available

  • 4th St. between St. Catherine & Oak St.
  • New Cut Road and Southern Parkway
  • 3rd and Winkler
  • 3rd and St. Catherine
  • Breckinridge St. and Barrett Ave.
  • 2nd and Broadway