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OCT 16, 2021


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.


Participant and Spectator Safety

Participant and spectator safety throughout race weekend is our number one concern. In order to keep our event safe and secure, please read the below instructions and information.

Event Alert System

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® (UBHM) utilizes the simple color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) to communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) primarily based on the weather, as well as other conditions.

Pre-race, all event staff, volunteers and participants should familiarize themselves with the anticipated event conditions, safety procedures and the Event Alert System. Alert updates will be communicated via email and social media. On race day, everyone should stay tuned to PA announcements and the flag warning system at the start, finish and water stations along the course for the most accurate, up-to-date event conditions.


Inclement Weather Communication

Louisville in the fall can bring tricky weather, and the UBHM team wants to make sure you are safe no matter the weather conditions. Race staff, along with local meteorologists, will monitor weather forecasts leading up to the race. The event will take place rain or shine. If lightning is within 10 miles of the race start line, race officials will make the decision to delay the start until the lightning clears. We will make announcements of any changes through social media (Urban Bourbon Half Marathon  presented by Jim Beam® on Facebook, @urbanbourbonhm on Twitter and @urbanbourbonhalf on Instagram) and over the race PA system. Participants and spectators should follow UBHM on social media to be made aware of weather updates.

There are no race registration refunds if the race is cancelled. Due to the nature of the event and the necessary LMPD personnel required for road closures, the race cannot be moved to another date.

Medical Aid Station and Medical Personnel

There are three medical aid stations along the half marathon course and a medical tent located at Fourth and Liberty Streets just past the Finish line. Medical personnel are provided by UofL Health and are trained to assist runners in need. For severe injuries or medical situations, Louisville Metro EMS will have bike units on the course and units at the Finish Line to transport anyone to nearby hospitals.

LMPD Officers

Officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department have generously agreed to work overtime hours to ensure a safe race route for all participants. If you have any issues throughout the race route, each officer will have a radio to communicate with the LMPD Lieutenant in charge who can then relay information to race staff.

Help Us Help You

To ensure a safe race, please follow these rules-of-the-road:

  • Do not leave bags, backpacks or items unattended. Any bags or items left unattended will be removed by security personnel.
  • No one is allowed on the course without a properly issued race number that corresponds to your name and information.
  • Help keep the Louisville beautiful by not littering. Water stop volunteers will clean up cups and gel packets dropped past their aid stations, but please be considerate of the city’s parks and streets.
  • No unofficial race vehicles will be allowed on the course.
  • No strollers or anything with wheels (other than approved wheelchair participants) will be allowed on the course.
  • No pets.
  • Spectators must stay clear of the course and off the roads to avoid interfering with the participants.
  • Children are allowed at the Start, Finish and Urban Bourbon Bash, but please keep an eye on them. There will be thousands of participants and spectators.

See Something Say Something

While staff and volunteers are always looking out for your safety, you are the number one security guard.  If you see something suspicious, do not hesitate to alert race staff or law enforcement in the area. LMPD will be on the race route and at Fourth Street Live! to assist.