Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Rescheduled Date?

The rescheduled date for the miniMarathon ONLY is Saturday, August 22, 2020 to start at 6:30AM. Marathon and Relay runners can transfer to the miniMarathon, run the race virtually, or choose from the other options below.

*If you plan to move with us to the new 2020 date, miniMarathon runners will also need to access their runner profile and choose “stay in the race” to be moved to the August date. Deadline to move to the race in August is April 25.

 

What are my other options if I can’t make the Rescheduled date OR I was signed up to run the Marathon or Relay?

  1. Run the 2020 miniMarathon, Marathon and Relay Virtually. This option allows runners to participate but run on their own time and still receive a medal, shirt and other perks. Participants can choose the virtual option through their runner profile, and need to do so by April 25.
  2. Defer registration to 2021 or 2022. Runners who wish to defer their registration to another year have until April 25, 2020 to decide, and can do so through their existing runner profile or email minimarathon@kdf.org to request the deferral.
  3. Make 2020 registration fee a donation. The Derby Festival’s miniMarathon has been part of the local community for more than 40 years. As a not-for-profit, the Festival is able produce the races each year through entry fees. With the 2020 event initially scheduled for April, a majority of funds from registration have already been put toward operational expenses and runner experiences.

*Marathon and Relay Runners also have the option to run in the newly rescheduled 2020 mini on August 22. Just go to your Runner Profile in Runsignup to make that selection before April 25th. (The transfer fee is waived for 2020 race.)

 

How do I make my option selection?

Runners will need to visit their Runner Profile on RunSignUp to make a selection between running the 2020 mini on August 22, running in our virtual race, OR transferring from Marathon or Relay to the 2020 mini. If you plan to defer to 2021, you can also make that selection in RunSignUp for the mini, Marathon and Relay. However, if you plan to defer to 2022 specifically, you will need to email minimarathon@kdf.org to request the deferral due to platform limitations.

*Deadline to make a decision is April 25.

 

When is the deadline to choose an option?

Deadline to make a decision is April 25.

 

How can I transfer my Marathon & Relay bibs to another person or change to the 2020 miniMarathon on August 22?

Marathon and Relay participants can transfer to the mini through their runner profile as well. If you are looking to transfer your race bib to another runner, you will be able to do that once our registration reopens (which will happen soon).

ALL TRANSFER FEES ARE WAIVED when you move your Bib to another runner or another race (i.e. Marathon/Relay to mini) in 2020.

HOW TO RACE BIB TRANSFER:

To edit or transfer your race registration, log into your RunSignUp account. Go to your “Profile” page, click the “My Registered Races” and view a list of your registrations separated by race, event, date, and registrant. Next to each registrant, you will be able to “View/Edit Registration”, which is where you will need to go to transfer your registration to another participant.

 

Why did you reschedule for August, won’t it be hot?

We carefully considered many factors when deciding on a reschedule date, including running conditions, availability of necessary equipment and partners, and other community event schedules.

We are taking the following precautions for runners to alleviate the expected heat and humidity:

  • Moving up the race start time to 6:30 AM to avoid the hottest part of the day
  • Adding additional water on the course for runners
  • Including Misters and spray stations with the help of our partners at Louisville Water Company and Norton Sports Health
  • Norton Sports Health, the Official Race Medical Provider & Training Partner, will be creating a new training program to prepare mini runners for the new date

 

Why aren’t you rescheduling the Marathon & Relay?

With a tighter window to hold the road races in August, due to several other events already taking place, the Festival was not able to reschedule the Marathon and Marathon Relay portions of the event. The Marathon and Relay require runners to go double the distance, can take more time to complete, and close many more roads throughout the city, as compared to the miniMarathon.

 

I’m on a Relay Team – what are the options for individuals vs. the whole team?

Decisions about runner options need to be made as a team. Relay options are the same as options for Marathon Runners:

  • Defer as a whole team to 2021 or 2022
  • Whole Relay Team can run the race virtually
  • ALL members of the relay team may ask for entry into the 2020 miniMarathon on Aug. 22nd

Your team roster can be adjusted at a later date if substitutions need to be made for deferrals. (Any registration fee exchanges that happen because of relay bib transfers will need to be handled on the runners’ side.) You can make these substitutions in your Runner Profile on RunSignUp.

 

Will the race course stay the same?

The starting line will be in the same location on Main Street near Slugger Field, make the traditional run through Churchill Downs infield, and the finish will be on Adams Street, just outside the new Lynn Family Stadium.

 

Will there be a new training program so I can prepare again?

Our partners at Norton Sports Health, the Official Race Medical Provider & Training Partner, will be creating a new training program to prepare mini runners for the new date. Details will be released soon on our website, social media pages and via email.

 

What about rescheduling my Hotel Room?

If you originally reserved your room through the link  on our website, your hotel reservation for the weekend of April 25 was canceled for you. You WILL need to reschedule your room reservation if you plan to run in the mini on August 22nd.

Reserve your room HERE, or by calling (800) 743-3100.

Reservations canceled July 22 – Aug. 11, 2020 will be charged a $25 cancellation fee, while reservations canceled after Aug. 12, 2020 will be charged first night’s room and tax by the hotel.

*If you have any further questions regarding the process, please feel free to reach out to the Kentucky Derby Festival or the Louisville Tourism Housing Department at 800-743-3100 or email housing@gotolouisville.com

 

Where else should I look for Race updates?

Please check our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and our website for the latest information.

What is the “miniMarathon”?

It’s a 1/2 Marathon – all 13.1 Miles!

 

What are my 2020 race distance options for the Rescheduled Race?

miniMarathon: 13.1 miles

 

Are there time limits for the course?

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

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

The roads will re-open behind runners maintaining a 15 minute per mile pace – The Louisville Metro Police trail car will reopen the roads. The trail car starts after the runners in the last corral cross the start line (not the time of the starting gun)

But Don’t Panic…participants will be allowed to continue 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.

 

Can I get a refund or race deferral for my 2020 MARATHON registration?

DID YOU PURCHASE INSURANCE?

Race day insurance is offered through Allianz and should have been purchased at the time of registration.

To File a Claim: Use the policy number you received when you completed your insurance purchase to make the claim HERE.

 

RACE BIB TRANSFER:

To edit or transfer your race registration, log into your RunSignUp account. Go to your “Profile” page, click the “My Registered Races” and view a list of your registrations separated by race, event, date, and registrant. Next to each registrant, you will be able to “View/Edit Registration”, which is where you will need to go to transfer your registration to another participant.

 

Where do I get my bib & shirt?

We will still be having a Race Packet Pick-Up in the days before the miniMarathon. More information about that to come.

 

Is there an age requirement to run?

The minimum age to participate in 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.

 

Can walkers participate?

Yes! Walkers may participate, but must be able to keep a 15:00 minute per mile pace in the miniMarathon.

 

Do you use Start Corrals?

Yes! We use the Corral System to maintain safety and pacing for our runners, which is why it is so important to stick to your assigned corral.

*Start Corrals are a system used to regulate the flow of runners out of the starting line. Runners are assigned to lettered start areas, based on previous race times or on predicted times. Faster runners will be towards the front, while more leisurely paces will be towards the end, making it safer and more smooth for all runners or walkers to move at their pace.

 

Can I request a specific corral?

In a way, yes. Corral Systems are based on previous finishing times or estimated finishing time – which can be filled in at the time of registration.

Preferred corrals at the front can be requested with following times. Please send proof of finishing time to minimarathon@kdf.org.

miniMarathon Qualifying Time: Women – 1:52:00, Men – 1:35:00

We ask that you make finish times as accurate as possible, to make sure that the course is safe & enjoyable for everyone. (You can go back and update your time when it gets closer to race day.)

What’s new about the 2020 Humana mini course?

You’ll notice changes within the first mile of the race, traveling west along Main street towards 20th, where runners will instead turn left onto 18th Street. Previously runners would have weaved through the West End. Instead, runners will now run through the epicenter of the 18th Corridor, passing Kentucky African American Heritage before turning left onto Broadway.  From approximately mile 2 the course remains unchanged.

As runners’ approach what has been the finish line for nine (9) years, they will instead make a right turn on Witherspoon (intersection of Preston & Witherspoon) and head for the new Lynn Family Stadium, finishing right outside on Adam Street. Minor adjustments have been made to the start line location to ensure accurate distance. Runners will start on Main street in front of Slugger Field.

 

What time does the Race Start?

The miniMarathon will start at 6:30am this year in an effort to combat the August heat. Wheelchair athletes start at 6:25am.

 

Where are the Start & Finish Lines?

The Starting line is on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish on Adam Street outside the Lynn Family Stadium, the new home of Louisville City FC.

 

How far is the new Start Line from the new Finish Line?

Total distance between the start line and finish line is .6 of a mile. We recommend planning to park near the finish to give yourself a warm up on the way to the start, and your feet a break at the end of the race!

 

Is Humana mini still a loop course?

Yes, the course is a loop course, with the start and finish line located in downtown Louisville.

 

Are there time limits for the course?

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

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

The roads will re-open behind runners maintaining a 15 minute per mile pace – The Louisville Metro Police trail car will reopen the roads. The trail car starts after the runners in the last corral cross the start line (not the time of the starting gun).

But Don’t Panic…participants will be allowed to continue 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.

 

Where are the Water Stops along the race route?

Yes, we will have water stop locations on the route.

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

 

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

We will have water stop locations on the route, some of which will also include Powerade (Powerade flavor for the race this year, as voted on by you, is Mountain Berry Blast!). Specific nutrition stations information will be coming soon.

Stay hydrated along the course, thanks to our friends at the Louisville Water Company.  
(We also suggest bringing nutrition of your own to have on hand on the course, for the times when nutrition isn’t accessible.)

 

Will the redesigned course still go through Churchill Downs?

Yes, the running around the infield pavement is a highlight of the miniMarathon course!

 

Will I be running on the dirt inside Churchill Downs?

You’ll be running on the pavement through the infield of Churchill Downs, not on the dirt track.

 

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.

 

What nutrition will be available at the Finish Line?

Meijer is the Official Finish Line Nutrition sponsor.
All will be available at the finish line, along with Prairie Farms Chocolate Milk.
For participants at least 21 years old, a complimentary beer from Goodwood Brewing Company will be ready for you to enjoy at the Post Race Party!

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