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Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

The Spirit of Racing is Alive and Well

Since our Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is meant for those age 21 or older, you must be at least 21 on race day to register.

Urban Bourbonites

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® Urban Bourbonites will serve as race ambassadors to encourage participation in the 2018 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam®. Bourbonites will come from very diverse running backgrounds and help us spread the word to their friends, family members, and fellow runners. They will also be the sounding board for our race management team, sharing new ideas and helping us make the runner experience the best we possibly can.

You can meet our 2018 Urban Bourbonites below:

Lucas Adams

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Lucas Ward Adams

Instagram: lwardadams

How many half marathons have you run? Four (I have registered for two more in 2018 along with the UBHM)

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I can't wait to share my passion for running, Louisville, and this great race. It's an oppportunity to get people excited about three things I love.

Why do you run? I run to stay healthy, but it saved my life as well. I would be in a very different spot without this sport.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = anything with peanut butter.  Drink = hot chocolate with tons of whip cream

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Have fun! Smile, look around and take it all in. Trust your training and go rock out.

Emilie Blanton


Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Achtungemilie

Instagram: Eligwenmb

Twitter: mrsblantonshs

How many half marathons have you run? Seven

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? UBHM is my absolute favorite race! Every year I have run the race, I have hit a new personal record. It's hard to beat the scenic views and amazing course.

Why do you run? I started running nine years ago often dealing with diabetes. I continue to run to be a role model for my kids and a positive force in my community.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = Qdoba. Drink = Bourbon or beer

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Trust your training. Believe in your training plan and know you can do it.

Kaitlin Buchanan


Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Kaitlin Buchanan

Instagram: Kaitmarie8

Twitter: Katilin Krish

How many half marathons have you run? Five

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? The UBHM was my first half marathon and I loved it. I haven't been able to run it a second time but I always spectate and recommend it to others.

Why do you run? I run because it makes me a better person. Not just physically, but mentally. It is my stress relief and a way to connect with friends.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Chick-Fil-A spicy sandwich and waffle fries

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Plan to ease up through Cherokee, enjoy the crowd. Live it up at the Bourbon Bash!

Valerie Gerding

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Valerie Lininger-Gerding

Instagram: girlontherun4eva

Twitter: Travelnmomky

How many half marathons have you run? Ten

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I've run this race twice and I think it's the best course in Louisville.

Why do you run? I started running to get out of the house during a bad marriage. Now I've built amazing relationships with fellow runners.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = doughnuts postrace. Drink = vodka

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Your race, your pace. Enjoy your time on the course and listen to your body.

 

 

Allison "Alli" Grant

Hometown: Harrodsburg, Ky.

Facebook: Alli Grant

Instagram: alligrant

Twitter: lliGrant

How many half marathons have you run? Five

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I never thought I would enjoy running as much as I do. I always looked at running as a chore until I started participating in Louisville’s spring and fall running series. I hope to share that passion and excitement with others through the Urban Bourbonite program. Also, what Kentuckian doesn't love some good Bourbon?!

Why do you run? Running is my biggest critic and support all at the same time. It allows me to focus on myself, while also teaching me that some days it's okay not to be 100 percent. Running challenges me mentally, physically, and spiritually.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = BBQ bacon cheeseburger. Drink = diet coke

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Enjoy the highs and lows of the training process. Forgive yourself on the days you struggle, celebrate yourself on the days you excel, and ALWAYS treat yourself after a long run.

Karin Hand

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Karin Hand

Instagram: Klhand

How many half marathons have you run? Three road, one trail

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To meet new people who enjoy running as much as I do.

Why do you run? I enjoy running as part of my overall fitness.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = bacon burgers. Drink = Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Blue Moon

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Just have fun and enjoy the race

Vivian Hoke

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

Facebook: Vivian Hoke

Instagram: stealth-viv

How many half marathons have you run? Two

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I love this race.

Why do you run? Mental, physical health, social benefits

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = chocolate. Drink = bourbon

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Have fun!

Jena Jordan

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Jena Jordan

Instagram: Jena-Jordan

Twitter: jenlynn2015

How many half marathons have you run? One – the 2017 UBHM was my first and only

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I want people to know that anyone can be a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you go, as long as you finish and give it your all.

Why do you run? Fun and fitness.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = peanut butter

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Your only competition is yourself! Keep moving one foot in front of the other.

Lexi Loving

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

Facebook: Lexi Loving

Instagram: lexrunslex

Twitter: lexiloving

How many half marathons have you run? Seven

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To be at the front lines of promoting all that Kentucky races have to offer! Plus, who doesn't love bourbon?

Why do you run? As a cardivascular nurse, I can't tell my patients to keep their heart healthy if I don't do the same. Also, the running community is the greatest group of people ever.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = buffalo chicken pizza and Reese’s Cups

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Run fast for the bourbon and have fun.

Danielle Marsh

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Facebook: Danie Colby

Instagram: rockgirl24

How many half marathons have you run? Ten

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I enjoyed the race. I moved back to the city and want to meet new people.

Why do you run? It helps me work off stress and stay in shape.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = peanut M&Ms and a big cheeseburger. Drink = Blood Mary 101 with all the fixin's

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Just do it. Don't look at others. It's you and you alone who will be completing it.

Patrick Messenger

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: Patrick Messenger

Instagram: themessangerisme

How many half marathons have you run? One

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? To get more active in the Louisville running scene.

Why do you run? It's therapeutic for body and mind. Keeps me in shape and gives me amn excuse to visit other areas.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Drink = craft beer

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? This will be my first, so I'm open to suggestions.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? I love uncured bacon

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Find a plan, stick to it, enjoy race day. Train for hills and do it at Cherokee!

Jennifer Mutwalli

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: zadesmom

Instagram: jenjennylou

Twitter: jenjennylu

Other Social Media: LinkedIn: jennifer mutwalli

Website/Blog: stelladot.com/jenjenny

How many half marathons have you run? I lost count along the way

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? This is one of my favortie races. I love the course, the time of year, the tie-in to our bourbon industry, and the laid-back vibe this race projects.

Why do you run? I love to run

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = Chocolate chip cookies from Please & Thank You. Drink = Red wine

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Respect the distance (train appropriately), and enjoy the journey.

Dan Nelson

Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.

Facebook: ndan210/ Louisville adventures group"

Instagram: ndan210/ LouisvilleAdventures

Website/Blog: www.LouisvilleAdventures.com

How many half marathons have you run? Three

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? There're many reasons why I wanted to become an Urban Bourbonite. The primary reason is to help promote health and fitness in the community. I've run on and off through my adult life but never really any significant distance until I signed up for the UBHM. I strictly followed a training plan and went from barely able to finish two miles to jogging the entire 13.1 miles in a period of about two and a half months. The experience of the UBHM is what's made me stick with it ever since then. The race volunteers, the incredibly supportive runners alongside me, the time of year, the beautiful scenery on the course, and you can't forget the great after party. It was a huge personal accomplishment during a rather rough time in my life as well and I want to encourage others to set that goal for themselves no matter how unattainable it may seem.

Why do you run? Well first and foremost, I run for the health benefits. Being a heavier guy, running is something that doesn't come easy to me and because of that, it can be a struggle to get motivated to get out and do it.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = cheeseburger and fries

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? For those running their first half marathon, the number one thing is just log in those miles every week. Get a solid training plan put in place.

Brittany Rusinko

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Facebook: britters1229

How many half marathons have you run? Ten

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? The UBHM was the first 1/2 marathon I trained for and it still holds my PR. I hope to break that this year.

Why do you run? I run for the community of runners and stress relief it brings. It also lets me burn off all the pizza I eat.

What is your guilty pleasure food/drink? Food = pepperoni pizza. Drink = red wine

What is the advice you would give to someone running his or her first UBHM? Relax, have fun, and enjoy the race. The hills make you stronger.