LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is just days away. The GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon take place Saturday, April 30 beginning at 7 a.m.

What You Need To Know

  • Kentucky Derby Festival mniMarathon and Marathon take place Saturday, April 30

  • Both road races are in-person again

  • Start time is thirty minutes earlier than previous years

  • Road closures go into effect Friday night

2022 is marks the 49th running of the miniMarathon and the 21st for the Marathon. Runners will begin at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown and will run through neighborhoods and, of course, the infield of historic Churchill Downs. The finish line is at Lynn Family Stadium.

This year is a return to more “normal” race conditions. The miniMarathon course will be like what they planned for the 2020 course, with a 13.1-mile run starting at Louisville Slugger Field. The Marathon course combines the 2020 and 2021 courses. Marathon runners will go through Churchill Downs, the Big Four Walking Bridge, and the Ohio River Greenway before also finishing at Lynn Family Stadium. You can see maps for all of the races here. 

The return of in-person racing also means road closures for non-runners. The Louisville Downtown Partnership released the list of street closures and you can see them here:

  • Main Street, closed from S Jackson Street to 21st Street

  • 20th Street, closed from Main Street to Jefferson Street

  • Market Street, closed from 21st Street to 12th Street

  • 13th Street, closed from Market Street to Broadway 

  • Broadway, closed from 14th Street to 3rd Street

  • 4th Street, closed from Broadway to Central Avenue

  • Central Ave, closed from 2nd Street to Taylor Avenue

  • 3rd Street, closed from Central Avenue to W River Road 

  • Preston Street, closed from Main Street to E River Road 

  • E River Road, closed from Preston Street to 1250 E River Road   

  • E Witherspoon Road, closed from Floyd St to River Road 

  • Adams Street, closed from E Witherspoon Road to Quincy Street

  • Park Avenue, closed from 4th Street to 6th Street

  • 6th Street, closed from Park Avenue to Magnolia Avenue

  • Magnolia Avenue, closed from 4th Street to 6th Street 

No one will be allowed to park or stop in the areas listed above from Midnight Friday, April 29 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30.