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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’s Urban Bourbonites serve as race ambassadors to encourage participation in the 2024 UBHM by engaging with runners across Louisville and the surrounding region. Bourbonites come from diverse running backgrounds and help us spread the word to their friends, family members and fellow runners. They are also the sounding board for our race management team, sharing new ideas and helping us make the runner experience the best possible.

We’d like to introduce you to our 2024 Urban Bourbonites. Click below to learn more about why they are a Bourbonite, why they run and advice for first-time UBHM runners.

Eddie Coleman

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I have been an Urban Bourbonite for the past two years, and I’m super excited to be an ambassador – once again – for one of my all-time favorite races. The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is one of Kentucky’s signature races, drawing participants from various distances, backgrounds and cultures. The whole city is involved in the festivities, and all aspects of race management are on point.

Why do you run? I have been a competitive runner for over 20 years. Although I’ve dabbled in other athletic pursuits, I always return to running. I started years ago to better my health with the birth of my children, but that first step out the door was the beginning of a journey across locales and distances and inclusion in one of the most supportive and motivating communities.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? I could say, “Just go and enjoy the race,” but if you’re like me you still want a good performance. So, try to find a balance in fun and competitiveness. Set realistic goals that won’t overshadow your total race experience. If those goals seem out of reach on race day, adjust them and move forward with your new plans. The same goes for in-race adjustments. Enjoy all of the events during race weekend. The race directors/management have spent countless hours to ensure that participants have a great experience. Get plenty of rest and trust your training. You’ve got this!

Amanda Daffron

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I’m an Urban Bourbonite because I love to encourage others to do something they often think they can’t. I know what it’s like…you’re too slow, or not good enough to run a 5k, half marathon or triathalon, and then someone comes along and encourages you to try and you realize, you are enough! Every one of us struggles, you just have to keep trying.

Why do you run? I run so I can enjoy race day. I love the excitement and camaraderie that goes along with race day, from lining up in the chute to crossing the finish line and cheering each other on along the course. I love challenging myself to be better than I was last time. And most importantly, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a race or run and I can say “I did that”.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Train as best you can before the race so that on race day you can focus on enjoying everything that is going on around you. Listen to the crowd cheer and know it’s for you. Enjoy seeing a different side of our city as you run through the parks and total strangers yell “you got this” from their porch steps. Thank the many volunteers. Dance at the after party. Race day is a celebration of the work you did to get there, enjoy it.

Susan Haag

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I live and run in Jacksonville, Fla., but I was born and grew up in Louisville, Ky. Kentucky is my true home and I love getting to come back and run in my hometown!  And I do truly believe I’m fueled by Bourbon! Therefore, the Urban Bourbon just makes absolute sense.

Why do you run? I can’t wait to share my beautiful Louisville countryside with so many new friends! Every race course and almost every run is an adventure! And I love to sightsee while earning my bourbon!

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? I use the Galloway method to run longer distances (run/walk) and would be glad to lead a pace group for the newbies who wish to do their first half or for folks like me, who enjoy the leisure side of running and snacking!

Karin Hand

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I am a Bourbonite because this is my all-time favorite half marathon. It was my first half marathon in 2016 and I have run this race in ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’21 and ’23. The atmosphere is great and the course through Cherokee Park, the city views and the finish at 4th Street Live really showcase Louisville.

Why do you run? Running has been a part of my life since 2015. I have found a great community in running - it just feels great and it challenges you in so many ways.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? HAVE FUN!!! ENJOY IT ALL!!

Tonya Kidd

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I am a Bourbonite because I want to encourage and support others so they can have an amazing race.

Why do you run? I started running to help lead a healthier lifestyle. I fell in love with running and the wonderful community.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? The advice I would give someone running their first UBHM is hills, hills, hills! It is a strength that will help you in so many ways. One more thing……nothing new on race day

Elizabeth Kostrub

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I love running and unique medals! I firmly believe that running is a sport that fits everyone. I’m a proud back-of-the-packer who uses the run/walk method. I’ve met some incredible people at the races in which I’ve participated and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to immerse myself in the sights of Louisville and what promises to be an amazing afterparty!

Why do you run? I love running for a variety of reasons. I enjoy letting my mind wander as I listen to great music and adding another unique medal to the collection. I also enjoy doing fundraisers and raising support for non-profits. Since 2018, I’ve proudly represented a young girl named Jaycee through #IR4. Jaycee has Rett Syndrome which prevents her from doing activities such as running. When I’m out on the race field, I’m her representative. I get to run for her! This brings me so much joy because she’s an amazing person who doesn’t let Rett Syndrome get her down. If she can tackle the daily struggles of that disease, then I can handle any mileage in her honor.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Enjoy it! Not only is there a fantastic post-race party and super cool medal but this half marathon has a very generous time limit. It’s the perfect half marathon for a first-timer and October is so beautiful in Kentucky.

Rayshawn Payton-Kilgore

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I am an Urban Bourbonite because I want to be part of the great community created by the race as well as continue to improve the overall experience for current and future runners in the community.

Why do you run? I run for my own mental and physical health as well as to be a good example for my son by creating an environment of health and joy within our home.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? I would say to take it one mile at a time. While 13.1 miles can seem intimidating at first, the energy and beauty of the surroundings can make the distance fly by.

Victoria Staton

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I am a Kentucky girl, twin mama, wife, entrepreneur, and naturopathic medicine/herbalism student who loves to run and wants to represent for the black mamas out there.

Why do you run?  For my health and to hopefully be able to keep up with my twin boys longer.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? That you can do anything you set your mind to. Start a training program now and prep your body. Trust your training and pair it with good nutrition. You’ll be amazed at what you can do.

Kathi White

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I am an Urban Bourbonite for accountability, camaraderie and to help promote a half marathon that already has rave reviews.

Why do you run? I run for the health benefits and to maintain a healthy weight.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? I don’t have any advice to share YET as this is my first opportunity to participate in the UBHM.

Melinda Wofford

Why are you an Urban Bourbonite? I love running, Kentucky in the fall is gorgeous, and I’m always ready for post-race celebrations. I’m excited to be able to encounter this amazing trifecta at the 2024 Urban Bourbon. Kentuckians know how to party on the pavement!

Why do you run? Running helps me to be a better version of myself both mentally and physically! Running has also been a way for me to see our country and meet many new running friends. In January 2024, I completed my personal running goal of running a half marathon in all the states plus DC.

What is the advice you would give to someone running their first UBHM? Before you cross the starting line breathe, relax, don't overthink and finish the race. Follow your training, do a mental whole-body scan every few miles, and tell yourself you are doing an amazing job! Don't forget to enjoy the race and keep smiling! You're going to be great!