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OCT 17, 2020


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.


Our team at the Louisville Sports Commission has researched industry best practices and looked at how businesses and events are reopening in Kentucky. Using this information, we put together an operations plan that provides a great race experience while ensuring we adhere to COVID-19 protocols for the health and safety of all our race participants.

Our number one goal is to ensure all of our race participants, staff and volunteers have a safe – and fun- experience.

  • This year there will be a drive-through packet pick-up. It will be dynamic, real-time and no-touch so individuals can collect their race packets from inside their cars. At packet pickup, event staff will do temperature checks while race participants remain in their cars. Participants with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will not be given a bib number and will be excluded from participating in the subUrban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® (UBHM).
  • To ensure the race start adheres to social distancing guidelines, we will implement a rolling start with the start line opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 10 a.m. Participants will be assigned start times and will start the race in groups of 100 runners every 5 minutes. We’ve also expanded the dimensions of the starting corral to ensure there’s plenty of area to space out.
  • Participants will be required to wear protective masks or buffs prior to the race, while in starting queue and after the race. The course does narrow for about 100 yards at the 3.3-mile marker going out and the 9.7-mile marker coming back as the course goes under a bridge and is suspended just above Floyds Fork. For this short span, the path will be one lane each way and participants will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to minimize the need to stop at on-course hydration stations. LSC will provide hydration in the form of bottled water and Powerade that will be passed directly from the volunteer to the race participant
  • The finish line chute will be expanded so participants who have completed the UBHM are able to spread out as they recover while minimizing contact with others. Participants will be encouraged to flow out of the area to reduce congestion.
  • Participants will be instructed to leave The Parklands immediately after finishing the race and receiving their post-race hydration and snacks.
  • UBHM staff and volunteers will also have their temperature taken prior to the event and anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees will be sent home.
  • UBHM staff and volunteers will wear protective face coverings at all times and protective gloves when appropriate.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the course and will be placed in key areas such as race start, finish lines and hydration stations.
  • There will be ample sanitation options such as sinks or hand sanitizer stations immediately outside each portable toilet cluster. Volunteers will continuously clean throughout the event day. The number of portable toilets will be increased to lower the ratio of race participants per portable toilet.

Please note that if circumstances regarding the reopening of events in Kentucky should change, we may need to make additional adjustments to our race plans.