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I have been trying to figure out where to start in sharing my recap of this race for ages. I’m not kidding when I say I spent a huge portion of my 15+ hour drive home drafting this post in my head. Words just cannot do justice to how amazing this weekend was!
For those who are not familiar, the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon takes place in Louisville, KY ergo the bourbon aspect. Being in Louisville it was a little chillier than I am used to, but the break from crazy humidity was very very welcome.
Erica and I walked/ran to the race start since we were staying only a little over a mile away. When we got there we met up with Angie and Josh for a BibRavePro pic! Michael, the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon race director was also nice enough to join us.
From the sounds of things, there was ample parking though you did have to pay for it. I put my bag in the gear check right away since it was not nearly as chilly as I expected and I didn’t need my jacket. The volunteers were very efficient. They were actually nice enough to get my bag back out for me when I realized I had left my Ziploc bag for my phone in my gear bag (oops) and it was supposed to rain.
We were all a little surprised that there was no crazy rush of people getting lined up in the starting area. While there was definitely a good/excited atmosphere, there were very few people getting an early start into the corrals. The portapotty lines looked pretty long, but the race crew were making announcements of where bathroom facilities could be located. I didn’t need them, so I can’t say for sure how quickly the lines moved.
When they made the 10 minutes till start time announcement there was suddenly a mad dash to get in the starting area. There were no side entrances to the chute so it was a little bit chaotic. It might have been nice to be able to go in through the side….but if people had lined up earlier it would also not have been an issue! People overall did a great job of lining up with their expected pace and there was minimal dodging. Before the start a trumpeter played My Old Kentucky Home (I hope! If you were there and I got the song wrong please let me know!) then the National Anthem.
Since Louisville is known for horse racing, it was a very fun way to start the race and not something you find at many races in other places!
The Urban Bourbon course was very fun because it took you through downtown Louisville, Cherokee Park, and past some very nice houses. It felt like a running tour of the town and I absolutely loved it. The thing I was probably most excited for when planning for this race was the fact that Autumn actually happens in Louisville. Cherokee Park did not disappoint!
Being in the more populated area, there were more spectators in this area and they were lining the sides of the road for the last bit into the finish! I will never ever stop being thankful for the people that stand there and cheer. My legs were tired but my heart was so full. As terribly cheesy as I know that sounds, I am the one who always comes close to tears at the finish line. The sense of accomplishment combined with the support of complete strangers just blows my mind and I hope I never lose that feeling. This was a race that made me fall even deeper in love with running and racing.
The After Party
If you are anything like me, the moments after a long race/run are pretty much a blur. I suddenly had a medal and was walking towards tables loaded down with water, powerade, bananas and Panera bagels. Are the medals not awesome?! Plus they are all hand-dipped…which is saying something with about 3000 runners!
The bourbon tasting lines were pretty much nonexistent so that was a big plus! There were many different booths set up to spread out the crowd. It was also fun that they included burgoo which is a Kentucky stew that I had never heard of before. I don’t think I will make it at home, but it was pretty good and fun to try. Overall, the after party was a lot of fun! The music was good and there was room for everyone to spread out. The heat sheets were being put to good use as picnic blankets by more than a handful of people!
|Photo credit also to Angie 🙂|
The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Overall
Overall the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is a race that I plan to run again and again. I am already recruiting friends to road trip up with me next year! Everyone working with the Louisville Sports Commission and the race were so friendly and helpful. Of course it helped that the course was amazing and the bourbon after didn’t hurt!
Did you run the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon? Let me know what you thought of it! And don’t forget to share your review on Bibrave.com!