Frequently Asked Questions

As it has been from the beginning, safety is our primary concern. In continued support of the efforts being taken to protect public health and safety, the Kentucky Derby Festival will not be holding the in-person 2020 miniMarathon that was schedule to take place on August 22nd 

It has been a hard but necessary decision in light of the evolving recommendations for large gatherings and events from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness. 

We will be contacting each of our runners to alert them of the changes, through the email address that was used to register.  

 

We are offering the following options for runners who signed up to run for the rescheduled Derby Festival miniMarathon on August 22nd: 

While we will not be able to run together this year, we are again offering several options for our runners who were registered for the rescheduled August 22nd  date:  

 

  • Run the 2020 miniMarathon or Marathon Virtually: This option allows runners to participate, but run on their own time and still receive the 2020 medal, tech shirta special virtual race shirt and other perks. Participants can choose the virtual option through their runner profile, and should do so by July 15.

Find out more about the Virtual Run HERE.   

 

  • Defer registration to 2021 or 2022: Runners who wish to defer their registration to another year will have the option to defer to April 24th, 2021 OR April 30th, 2022, and should do so by July 15th. 

 

  • 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.   

 

 

How do I make my option selection? 

Runners will need to follow THIS LINK to make a selection running in our virtual race, deferring to 2021, or deferring to 2022Please also find the Selection button at the top of this page. 

*Please make your updated decision by July 15th. 

 

Is there a deadline to choose an option? 

We ask that you please make a selection by August 3rd. 

 

Can I transfer my 2020 Virtual bib to another person? 

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. 

ALL TRANSFER FEES ARE WAIVED when you move your Bib to another runner or another race in 2020 only. 

 

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. 

 

Will there be a new training program so I can prepare for the Virtual Run? 

We still recommend following the Training program laid out by our partners at Norton Sports Health, the Official Race Medical Provider & Training Partner. Further training information, summer safety and more info about running health can be found on the Norton Healthcare site HERE. 

 

What about my Hotel Room? 

If you reserved your room through the link on our website, your hotel reservation for the weekend of August 22nd was canceled for you. 

If you have questions about this, you can call (800) 743-3100 or reach out to the Kentucky Derby Festival or the Louisville Tourism Housing Department at  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 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. Once you’ve completed your race, you’ll submit your time(s), and we’ll send your medal, Finisher’s Shirt and other swag starting in late Summer. 

 

Do I Have to Run My Virtual Race on April 25? 

No, you choose your planned race date.  This can be as early as April 25 or as late as September  30, 2020. 

 

Do We have to Run the Official miniMarathon or Marathon Race Course? 

No, you will be able to choose your own route for the virtual race.  Without proper operational equipment and support, it would be unsafe to give our runners a specific race course. We encourage you to run a route you deem safe, that also adheres to the social distancing guidelines. Additionally, many of our runners come from all over the country & world, which would make it difficult. 

We recommend mapping out the route you plan to take beforehand, to make sure you’re prepared. There are many services, including using your GPS tracker, MapMyRunStrava or even Google Maps.  

*Our race day routes are not pedestrian safe without supporting equipment, police officers and road closures, so we ask that you please DO NOT use any of our race day routes. We specifically ask that you not try to run as a group on race day weekend. 

 

What Will I get for Completing my Virtual Race? 

If you were signed up to run before our race was postponed, you will be receiving the tech shirt and race medal we originally planned to give out on April 25th. You will also receive your Virtual Race Bag and other perks! 

If you are a NEW Virtual Runner (meaning you signed up to run with us), you will also be receiving the 2020 Race Medal, as well as a custom cotton race shirt and other perks. 

Medals and shirt Finishers Packages will ship out starting in late Summer. We appreciate your patience in receiving your race packages, as we know there have been delays in non-essential deliveries due to COVID-19. 

 

Will I Have to Use My Phone, Running Watch, or Other Device to Record it and Upload Results? 

You can submit your finish times and Finish Line photo using the submission form, so we can include it on our results page and share your accomplishment on social! However, we will be using the honor system for completing your race, so don’t worry if you don’t own a device that can track your GPS. 

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”! 

More information about the submission process will be provided in a virtual instructions email sent to you by April 25th or when you register at a later date. 

 

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. We will mail to the address provided during the registration process. 

 

We will also email you these downloadable items: race bib and customizable finisher certificate prior to the event. All shirts and medals will be mailed to you after the race, beginning at the end of August. Please note that the estimated shipping time may take longer due to delivery delays of non-essential items.  

 

Will the Virtual Race be a Qualifier for the Boston Marathon? 

Since you’ll be creating your own courses that 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 “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.

 

Can I still register as a new runner for the 2020 miniMarathon, now happening August 22?

Yes, 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.

*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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