Frequently Asked Questions
When is the in-person 2021 miniMarathon & Marathon?
The 2021 Race Day and start time for runners will be staggered and pre-scheduled to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines from the CDC.
The Race Days will be the following:
- 2021 Humana Derby Festival miniMarathon: Thursday, April 22 – Sunday, April 25
- 2021 Humana Derby Festival Marathon: Saturday, April 24
What’s the difference between the 2021 Modified Race and the way the race has been done in the past?
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:
- A 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.
What are my race distance options for the 2021 Race?
You can run either the:
- Humana Derby Festival miniMarathon: 13.1 miles
- Humana Derby Festival Marathon: 26.2 miles
(Due to the modified course this year, there will not be a relay option offered.)
*The miniMarathon is just a fun way to say a Half Marathon length!
What is the course for the 2021 Humana miniMarathon and Marathon?
To comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we have created a new and unique modified course for 2021. The course will be open for 4 days in order to allow all participants to socially distance and safely participate.
More information of the course details will be shared in the coming months.
What if I’m a deferred runner from 2020?
All participants who deferred their 2020 registration should have received an email on December 4, 2020, containing a unique link that they will need to use when registering for the 2021 event.
*Please email email@example.com if you have not received your registration code.
What COVID-19 precautions will be taken to keep runners safe?
As with all Derby Festival programs, our top priority is to keep you safe while you’re having fun! These include measures like:
- Maintaining social distancing at all times between runners and any race staff
- Limiting the amount of in-person participants per time slot to ensure we’re able to maintain social distancing throughout the course
- Temperature checks and mask requirements at the Socially-Distanced Starting line
- Runners will choose staggered start times.
- Extending the number of days the route is open, to limit and space out the number of people on the route at one time
- Creating a self-start experience at the Starting Line, so that runners can still track their time, but aren’t surrounded by other runners or staff in a corral
- Re–designing the course to allow for social distancing, and making water stops and other route support self-serve
- Hosting Race Packet Pick-Up as a drive-through option to reduce contact with others
- This year will not include a Finish Line Celebration Party, to prevent a large gathering
View the rest of the FAQs for more details about how this year’s in-person race will differ from previous years. And, as we look forward to 2021, we will continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and update our plan accordingly, pending State governance & approval.
What is the plan if the In-Person Race is not able to happen in 2021?
Don’t worry! If the 2021 Humana Derby Festival mini and Marathon in-person events are cancelled due to a government order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be automatically converted to the equivalent virtual event or if you deferred your 2020 registration, you may opt to extend the deferral to 2022. This policy is in place to protect both the event and the participants. Race permits, shirts, medals and other supplies are purchased months before the event.
Will you offer refunds for registration?
Currently, we do not offer refunds for any of our races. Please see above for more details about how registration status will be handled in the event of extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We encourage you to take advantage of the following options for normal race occurrences:
- PURCHASE RACE INSURANCE THROUGH ALLIANZ: Race day insurance is offered through Allianz and has to be 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.
*Please read through the Allianz policy, as pandemic coverage is not guaranteed. For all questions about your Insurance policy, please contact Allianz.
- RACE BIB TRANSFER: You will have the option to transfer your race bib to another runner of your choosing for a $20 transfer fee.
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.
Are there time limits for the course?
Yes, there is a 4-hour course limit for the miniMarathon, and a 6-hour limit for the Marathon.
THIS MEANS: 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).
How do I get my Race Bib & Participant Shirt?
We will have a Drive-Thru Race Packet Pick-Up in the days leading up to the miniMarathon & Marathon. We’ll be sending more information about this in early spring, to the email you registered with.
How do I register for the 2021 miniMarathon or Marathon?
You can register now by heading to our RunSignUp registration page HERE.
Is there an age requirement to run?
The minimum age to participate in the miniMarathon is 12 years old, and 14 years old to participate in the Marathon.*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.
Do you use start Corrals?
In this year’s modified race model, there will not be traditional start corrals. In order to adhere to all COVID-19 safety precautions, we have developed a multi-day race with staggered and pre-scheduled start times. At registration, runners will be asked to select the date and time they wish to run the miniMarathon or Marathon. This selection process will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at registration.
What this means: On race day, runners will be asked to arrive at the start line no more than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled start. Once you arrive, it will be a self-start approach. When runners are ready, they will begin on their own and cross the first timing mat, which will trigger the start to their official race time.
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.
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 Lou City Racing), participants will cross the Big 4 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 4 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.
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. 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 self–serve. We 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
- 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.
How will Packet Pickup work this year?
This year, Packet Pick-Up will be done in a drive-through style over the course of three days (Sunday April 18th – Tuesday, April 20th). You can pick-up anytime between 11 AM-7PM on one of those days. When you arrive at Slugger Field’s Parking Lot (401 E. Main Street), you will be directed into any of our pickup lanes. At the first stop, you will receive all of your race materials, including your race bib and official finisher’s shirt. Next, you will be directed into lanes to follow along to receive your swag bag at the next stop. If you need to pick up or purchase race gear, you will be directed into a combined swag and gear lane.
When is Packet Pickup?
Packet Pick Up will be Sunday, April 18th through Tuesday, April 20th from 11am – 7pm each day.
Where will Packet Pickup be?
This year, Packet Pick Up will be held at Slugger Field’s parking lot, located at 401 E Main St. Louisville, KY 40202.
Can I come any time or day I want?
Yes, we will not be requiring runners to reserve a time, so you are free to come whenever works best for you between 11 AM – 7 PM on Sunday, April 18th through Tuesday, April 20th.
Do I need to be in a specific lane to get my bib?
No, this year we will be using dynamic bibs. This means that your bib will be assigned and printed at the time of pickup. This will save time, and make things similar.
What do I need to bring with me?
Make sure to bring a copy of the Registration QR code provided at the bottom of any April emails from RunSignUp. You can print this, or just bring it up on your phone.
Can I get out of my car?
For the majority of the time, runners must remain in their car. If they are picking up or purchasing race gear, there will be a designated section in which they will be able to park and shop. Runners may not get out of their vehicles until they reach this area.
How can I pick up the race gear I purchased?
Runners can pick up their race gear at packet pick up. You will be directed into a combined swag and gear lane, where you will be able to park and pick your gear up.
Will I be able to shop race gear at packet pickup?
Yes! We will have a safe and socially distanced shopping experience at Packet Pickup. Runners will be able to park and shop in the designated area. Masks must be worn at all times.
What if I need to pick up for multiple people?
Runners will still be able to pick up multiple packets at a time, as in past years. You will need to have a picture of a photo id or registration number for the person you are picking up for. In order to keep the line moving, you may be asked to pull into a parking spot. Our volunteers will direct you to move forward or pull in as needed.
What is a Virtual Race?
Runners who complete a Virtual Race have the advantage of running it on their own time. You can run the distance at your own pace, when and where you choose. This means you can even plan to run your distance in segments, not all at once. You will pick your own race day(s), and whether you run it in your neighborhood, a park or even on a treadmill.
You will need to keep track of your distance using your phone, a GPS device or Fitness tracker, whether that’s during one run or multiple runs. We also recommend you map out your route ahead of time – using a GPS tracking app to create your own or using the Norton Health Training Program Routes you can find HERE. You can find more information below.
Do I have to run my virtual race between April 22 – April 25?
No, as a Virtual Runner, you choose your race date. The time frame to submit virtual results will be from April 22 – May 22, 2021.
Do I need to run the official miniMarathon or Marathon Race Course?
No, you will be able to choose your own route for the virtual race. We encourage you to run a route you deem safe, that also adheres to social distancing guidelines.
We recommend mapping out the route you plan to take beforehand, to make sure you’re prepared. There are many services, including using a GPS tracker on your smart phone, MapMyRun, Strava or even Google Maps.
*Our traditional race day routes are not pedestrian safe without supporting equipment, race staff and road closures, so we ask that you please DO NOT try to utilize those courses for your virtual route.
What Will I get for Completing my Virtual Race?
A Virtual Runner will receive the 2021 Virtual race medal, as well as a custom cotton race shirt, access to the Virtual Race bag, and other perks.
The medals and shirt Finishers Packages will ship out in mid–April. You will receive more information sent to the email you registered with, once shipments are ready to mail.
Will I Have to Use My Phone, Running Watch, or Other Device to Record it and Upload Results?
Whether you completed your virtual run in one day or over a few days, you can submit your results and Finish Line photo through your RunSignUp account between April 22-May 22, 2021, so we can include it on our results page and share your accomplishment on social!
If you need help uploading your results to RunSignUp, CLICK HERE for a quick “how to.”
You can also share your “finish line” photos on social media by using the hashtag #DerbyFestivalmini or #DerbyFestivalMarathon so we can celebrate you in the social “Winner’s Circle”!
How and When Will I get my Virtual Race Package?
You will receive a shirt and medal for the race you completed virtually in the mail, along with your other swag. We will mail your package to the address provided during the registration process. (You will receive more information to the email you registered with, once shipments are ready to mail.)
Be on the lookout for digital goodies in your email as well, like social media brag badges, printable Finisher Certificates and more!
Will the Virtual Race be a Qualifier for the Boston Marathon?
Since you’ll be creating your own course, which will not be certified, you will not be eligible for Boston Marathon qualification.
Will there be Age Group Awards for the Virtual Races?
As everyone will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual races.
How Can I Register as a New Runner for a Derby Festival Virtual Race?
Registration is now open, CLICK HERE!
What is the Norton Sports Health Training Program?
The Norton Sports Health Training Program is a FREE 15 week program designed to help new runners prepare to complete the Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon. This year, the Training Program will be held virtually, but will still offer week-by-week schedules for mileage, along with nutrition, health and safety tips.
Are there weekly training runs this year?
Training runs will be completed individually this year. Participants can find multiple course options in their manual. Each week from January-April, participants can pick from routes in different locations around Louisville.
I have never participated in an organized road race event before, can I really train to run or walk my first marathon or half marathon?
Many of our runners and walkers have never participated in an organized road race before, and that’s okay. Most people, even with no prior experience, can finish a full or half-marathon provided they follow a sanctioned & structured training program start to finish. It’s more a matter of being able to commit to following the program each week, than to have previous experience running.
Can I use the Norton Sports Health Training Program to train for the Virtual Race Options?
Absolutely! Whether you run your Virtual Race all at once or over multiple days, you can follow the Training Program to help get you into running shape.
I don’t know about running gear, diet, training techniques, or body maintenance, will there be information given on these topics?
Absolutely! Many of our participants will be relative beginners at running and/or walking, so don’t feel like you are the only one.
For those new to the sport, we highly recommend attending the Virtual Norton Sports Health Training Program Kick-Off on January 12th. At the virtual kick-off event, we will have sports medicine professionals in attendance from Norton Sports Health to answer YOUR questions live!
With our training program, you’ll also receive a self-guided official manual from Norton Sports Health, which will be available for download after the Kick-Off. This will be a guide to help walkers and runners of all levels train safely, while enjoying their time preparing for their first half or full marathon. The Manual includes tips for safe walking and running, injury prevention, cross-training, nutrition. Plus, there are complete training calendars and maps to help you stay on track.
I won’t be able to join the program until late, or I won’t be able to attend all the training runs, is that okay?
You can join the training program after the official kick-off in January, however we strongly encourage that you start your training from that first week and doing your best to keep up with the training runs on your own schedule. This will ensure you’re adequately trained to complete your race.
Can I make a Corral Change?
Yes, as long as there is space in the Corral you are wishing to switch into, you can make changes to your registration at anytime. Options can be found by going to your “Profile” page, clicking on “My Registered Races”, and then selecting “Edit/View Registration”. Please login to RunSignUp with the user account you used to register. For more specific instructions: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000079342-update-corral-selection
Can I update my Official T-Shirt?
Yes, you can make changes to your tee shirt size at any time before the race. Options can be found by going to your “Profile” page, clicking on “My Registered Races”, and then selecting “Edit/View Registration”. Please login to RunSignUp with the user account you used to register. For more details about updating your T-Shirt size: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062913-update-t-shirt-giveaway
Can I go back and add on an Official Race Medal, merchandise, etc. to my Registration later?
Absolutely! Runners that have already register can go into their profile and add-on the following items; Event pins, Medal Engraving and VIP Experience. For more details about adding-on to the existing registrations:
How do I resend the Confirmation Email?
Go to your “Profile” page, clicking on “My Registered Races”, and then selecting “Edit/View Registration”. Please login to RunSignUp with the user account you used to register. For more detailed instructions, go to: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062918-resend-the-confirmation-email
How do I claim Race Insurance?
We offer Allianz Global Assistance for event registration insurance. Allianz Global Assistance is the world leader in travel insurance, assistance and personal services. Event registration insurance protects participants for 100% of their registration and processing fees for races that they are unable to attend for covered reasons, but must be purchased at the time you complete your registration.
If you chose to purchase the insurance, you should have received an email with the policy from Allianz, and information on how to request your refund.
*Allianz Insurance may not protect claims due to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click on the link below to claim an event insurance: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000073422-claiming-event-insurance
How do I transfer my Race Entry/Bib to another runner or to another race distance?
Runners can transfer race categories to another runner, or even into another race distance (within miniMarathon or Marathon) along with the $20.00 transfer fee. Transferring options can be found by going to your “Profile” page, clicking on “My Registered Races”, and then selecting “Edit/View Registration”. Please login to RunSignUp with the user account you used to register. The deadline is 4/1/2021.
The second step to transfer to another runner can be found in these steps: https://runsignup.com/How-To/Transfer-To-Another-Runner
Couldn’t find the answer to your question? Check out RunSignUp’s handy FAQs and tutorials HERE.