Last Saturday, October 22nd, was the day that I have been anticipating all semester: The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.
Saturday Morning I woke up very early and headed downtown to the Belvedere, between 5th and 6th street on Main. It was very cold out, and I was slightly regretting signing up for this race.
The start line opened at 8:30am and from that moment until after the race I made many observations:
Many elderly people destroyed me in this race
I really don’t understand how a 70 year old man sprinted past me on mile 8, but he did, and I applaud him. Well done sir, well done.
Morale was low
The first mini marathon that I ran was the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon last may. It seems like the entire city of Louisville comes out for that race and line the whole course with signs, water, snacks, etc. There was hardly any cheerleaders a long the way. They were all at Papa Johns Stadium….
Cherokee Park is the devil
I was scared, I expected the worse, and I was correct. Why the race commissioners decided to make miles 4-8 run through the mountains that are Cherokee park is besides me, but it was painful.
My phone died
This is not a drill. My phone literally did that thing where it dies on 78% on the tenth mile. This is also when you are so close, yet so far away and your emotions begin to get the best of you. I ran in complete silence for the last thirty minutes, I also shed a few tears.
People actually drink Bourbon post race
After the race there was a party and all runners got free: Pizza, shots of bourbon, burgoo, beer, bagels, fruit, and more. What more could you ask for. Only in Kentucky will you find thousands of people that will throw back some Evan Williams seconds after crossing the finish line.
The Urban Bourbon was more exciting than the UofL Game
After we completed the race my friend and I rushed to UofL’s tailgate so we could meet up with our friends and walk to the game. UofL: 54 NC State: 13….. enough said…
It probably wasn’t the best idea to head immediately to tailgate right after, but #gocards over everything am I right??