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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

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April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Louisville, Kentucky
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The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality has grown from a small local road race into the largest day of road racing in Kentucky history. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete the scenic 13.1- and 26.2-mile courses that start and finish in downtown Louisville. Now in its 43rd year, the miniMarathon attracts more than 12,000 entrants each year and is ranked among the nationís top 100 races by USA Track and Field. The Marathon, which debuted in 2002, draws nearly 3,000 entrants.

Both races share the same start and finish lines, with runners from both races staying on the same course until Marathon runners split off at the 11-mile marker. Large and enthusiastic crowds line the sidewalks along the route, and volunteers handle duties ranging from race registration to handing out bottled water and orange slices. The course is scenic, yet challenging, including a hilly stretch through Iroquois Park and passing through historic Churchill Downs race course.

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Year: 2005     Participation


395 men competed in the 2005 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon 395 (70.4%)
    Total finishers: 561


166 women competed in the 2005 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon 166 (29.6%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Charles Njeru   Marathon Men 2:17:44 5:15  11.41 mph 
 Jill Knesh   Marathon Women 3:01:41 6:56  8.65 mph 
 John Conroy   Marathon Masters Men 2:52:05 6:34  9.14 mph 
 Lynn Riedling   Marathon  Masters Women  3:15:42 7:28  8.03 mph 
Complete 2005 Results (All Races)
Year: 2004     Participation


412 men competed in the 2004 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon 412 (66.2%)
    Total finishers: 622


210 women competed in the 2004 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon 210 (33.8%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Charles Njeru   Marathon Men 2:19:33 5:20  11.26 mph 
 Sarah Plaxton   Marathon Women 2:56:34 6:44  8.9 mph 
 Ronald Davis   Marathon Masters Men 2:55:04 6:41  8.98 mph 
 Cynthia Heady   Marathon  Masters Women  3:35:50 8:14  7.28 mph 
Complete 2004 Results (All Races)
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Clubs and Groups
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 Club or Team Name   City  State   More Info 
 Cherokee Road Runners  Louisville KY club info
 Derby City Run Club  Louisville KY club info
 Fleet Feet Racing - Louisville  Louisville KY club info
 Highview Raptors  Louisville KY club info
 Metro Parks & Recreation  Louisville KY club info
This is a partial list of the 16 Running clubs and teams in Kentucky and approximately 10,000 clubs in the U.S. To find a club or team in your area click here.

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Retailers (near this event)
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 Store City  State   Distance   More Info 
 Fleet Feet Sports  Louisville KY 4.7 Miles store info
 VO2 Multisport  Louisville KY 6.1 Miles store info
 The Training Studio  Louisville KY 6.1 Miles store info
 Footworks  Louisville KY 6.1 Miles store info
 Jogger-Runner-Racer  Louisville KY 6.1 Miles store info
 Ken Combs Running Store  Louisville KY 6.1 Miles store info
 Swags Sport Shoes  Louisville KY 6.3 Miles store info
 Happy Toes  Louisville KY 9 Miles store info
 Blue Mile  Louisville KY 10.6 Miles store info
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