On Saturday I participated in the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon and I can't wait to tell you all about it. I have been anticipating this race for nearly a year and have been lucky enough to have the help of Ekiden Coaching the last few weeks to help with my training. As the race got closer, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was hospitalized with the flu the week before and lost a few days of training due to that. In the end, though, I ended up being really happy with my performance. I finished with a time of 2:13 which is right around where I planned to be!
One of the best half marathons I have ever participated in, by far! This is one of those races that I would come back for time and time again. From the swag to the courage to the race management, it was all flawless and a total blast! Read on to learn more.
The swag for this race was more about the experience than the material goods, which I really enjoy. Each participant got a virtual swag bag full of discounts, a lovely long-sleeve technical tee with the Urban Bourbon logo, and a wristband. The wristband included tickets for pizza, burgoo, beer, and bourbon- of course! The lines for these got a little long but tended to move quickly. This is in addition to the finish line goodies which included fruit, bagels, powerade, heat blankets, and more! Probably my favorite swag, though, was the finishers medal!
Perfectly spaced, well staffed, and plenty of water and powerade!
You seriously cannot beat this course. The course goes through some of the most beautiful locations in Louisville including Cherokee park. You get to tour beautiful homes and neighborhoods as well as the city. I loved the entertainment along the course which included live music, people handing out donuts, and even the police officers blasting their speakers! I forgot my headphones the morning of the race but it ended up being totally fine because I was entertained throughout. It also helped that one of the other Pros, Laura, ran with me the entire time so we were able to chat quite a bit.
Easy in and easy out, just the way it should be! T-shirt size exchanges were available on-site which is always a plus. There was bourbon tasting on site and Fleet Feet was there for any last minute needs. The only thing complaint I have about the expo was the long line at the Fleet Feet register.
Not bad. There were a few rolling hills and one or two steep inclines but completely manageable and worth the views.
FIVE STARS. In the months leading up to the race all the way through the end of race weekend, race management was amazing. There were always people to help, plenty of volunteers, and flawless execution on race day. Michael, the race director, took time out of his day to come meet all of the BibRave Pros which was really cool.
Overall, I highly recommend this race to other runners. If you have been looking for a new half marathon, this is your race!
See my review on Bibrave.com HERE.