|Half Marathon State # 20
Half Marathon #37
State #20 takes me to Louisville, Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon. The weather forecast for race morning was not too great (upper 60s and 60% chance of rain). The plan for the race was to start at 7:30 AM. However, at about 5:00 AM, the race organizers sent out an email that they were delaying the race by 30 minutes, so it was pushed back to 8:00 AM.
Our hotel, The Seelbach Hilton Louisville, was about a 15 minute walk to the start. I prepared my gear for a downpour, as I have had a few recent races in the rain.
With poncho in hand, I was ready to head to the start.
Once I got to the start, I met up with a friend of ours from Indiana. In typical RunDisney fashion, Monique was dressed for success!
About 7:30 AM, I got in my corral, and noticed the course ahead was not looking to favorable. About that time, the organizers made another announcement of another 30 minute delay. They were pretty worried too. They advised us to seek immediate shelter in buildings, parking garages, wherever, because it was looking really bad.
As we were under shelter, the clouds were looking pretty wicked.
Anyone for a porta-potty visit, rain delays quickly removed the lines!
The weather continued to look really back and after a 3rd round of delays, we were invited to the corrals for a 9:00 AM start. So funny story, it did not rain during the entire 1.5 hour delay, just wicked clouds. Well they call us to the corrals and guess what, the rains came down. But there was no lightening, so after the national anthem and Churchill Downs Bugler we were off to the races. Now because of all the delays, the corral security was pretty lax, so we had the gamete of bib numbers in our Corral B.
Because it was raining I did not take many course pictures. About mile 8 we were coming up on Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is ran. The rain had lightened up so I worked through my rain gear to get out my phone for some pictures.
Around mile 8 we entered Churchill Downs.
The tunnels getting in and out of Churchill Downs were really steep.
Once inside Churchill Downs, we made a quick lap around a paved driveway on the inside of the track. There was no running on the actual track, so no worries. Because of the weather, unfortunately there were no horses to be seen.
We exited out of Churchill Downs and had about 4 miles remaining. Because of the weather, I was pretty water logged and was just ready to get to the finish. There were a few minor hills in this last segment, but noting very challenging. The tunnels in and out of Churchill Downs is your toughest hills on the course.
Even though the rains were unpredictable, the fan support on the course was still really awesome.
In the last leg to the finish we passed though the University of Louisville campus, and by the baseball park.
The finish line was near Louisville Slugger Stadium.
So because of the weather, I was just glad for this race to be over and in the books. When I crossed the finish I was pretty soaked, and just wanted to get dry. But it was a decent course and as I said great crowd support.
The race expo & packet pickup was located at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This is a huge complex. They sent us a parking pass in the pre-race emails. Be sure to print this out for your car, or you will not easily get through the ticket gates. Again, this is a HUGE complex. The expo was pretty substantial and well organized. We spent about 45 minutes there on Friday. We got there about 4:30 PM, and it was not that crowded.
Well that is a wrap on State #20. Here is my updated Fifty States Half Marathon Club shirt and medal rack.
Now on to the rest of the story. I was really looking forward to this race weekend and state, because we drove to Louisville, KY. I say “we” because my wife got to finally travel with me to a new state! Th race was the understatement for this trip, because we had some site seeing in mind. We had plans to go to the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum, the Creation Museum, and the ARK Encounter on this trip. I will do separate posts for the site seeing. For those that follow me, know I like to do a cupcake stop in each state. Well, unfortunately that streak came to an end. I was not able to make it a store during this trip, which breaks my heart!