The 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and minimarathon presented by Walmart & Humana Vitality is quickly approaching. The races will be held on Saturday, April 19th beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Louisville.
While the 2014 miniMarathon course will remain unchanged, the long term bridge project has affected our standard Marathon course. With all downtown events being forced to make route changes to avoid construction, the last four miles of the 2014 Marathon course has been rerouted down Broadway instead of Main Street. Attached please find the 2014 Marathon and miniMarathon course map, the 2014 turn by turn street descriptions along with “no parking” areas and street closure information. Our partners with Louisville Metro Police Department will provide two way traffic lanes on Broadway. They will assist with vehicle cross traffic at all intersections when it is feasible to cross without stopping the runners on the course to ensure residents and businesses can reach their destination.
In addition to being one of the top road races in the country, the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and minimarathon provides an economic impact of nearly $5 million. According to study conducted by the University of Louisville MBA program, the Kentucky Derby Festival provides an estimated economic impact of more than $127 million during its two-week run of events. The study concluded that for every $1 spent by the Derby Festival, $22 was generated for the Greater Louisville economy.
As those numbers indicate, Kentucky Derby Festival events provide a very significant economic impact for a wide variety of local businesses. This event is also great opportunity to showcase the beautiful neighborhoods and historic sites Louisville has to offer. We encourage business owners along the race route to show their support of these dedicated athletes by cheering them on and creating signage to encourage their efforts. Runners train for many months to achieve optimal fitness for the races and they appreciate recognition of their hard work and dedication. With 40% of the field consisting of out of town participants we have the opportunity to showcase our great city and the residents that support them during their visit.
The Kentucky Derby Festival would like to thank you for working with us to make the route as safe as possible for nearly 18,000 athletes taking part in the races. Please be sure to let your residents and employees know of the no parking areas and to be on the lookout for the no parking signs posted along the route.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
Deja Lawson Lisa Stevenson
Kentucky Derby Festival Race Director Kentucky Derby Festival Race Chair
Race Director/Event Manager | Kentucky Derby Festival