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Kentucky Derby favourite Justify will start the Run for the Roses from the seventh stall, while Mendelssohn and Magnum Moon will be further outside, drawing stall Nos. 14 and 16, respectively.
This year’s Derby will take place Saturday, with the post time at 6:50 p.m. ET. NBC will provide full coverage of the event.
Date: Saturday, April 28
6 a.m.: Gear check drop off begins at Louisville Slugger Field (corner of Floyd St. and Main St.)
7:25 a.m.: Wheelchair division start time (corner of Brook St. and Main St.)
7:30 a.m.: Marathon and mini marathon start time (corner of Brook St. and Main St.)
1:30 p.m.: Course closes (six-hour time limit).
The Kentucky Derby might only be two minutes long, but the festivities surrounding the event span over the course of nearly a month.
Culminating in the Run for the Roses, the Kentucky Derby Festival is a can’t-miss opportunity for horse racing fans to celebrate the first leg of the Triple Crown before the competition begins.
Not only is there a festival with entertainment and various events, there is also a marathon that begins on Main Street and Brook Street before crossing the finish line at Preston Street and River Road.
According to the festival’s official website, there are basketball, volleyball and golfing events available for attendees to participate in, along with live concerts. On top of the live entertainment, the event also features the largest annual fireworks display in North America, “Thunder Over Louisville.”
The festival generates around $127.9 million each year and raises nearly $300,000 for local charities. Two-thirds of all festival events are free and open to the public.
As for the marathon itself, here’s a quick look at all the basic information you will need to know ahead of time, whether you’re a spectator or runner.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — On Saturday morning, 12,000 runners will lace up their shoes and hit the pavement with the hope of crossing the finish line in downtown Louisville.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon both kick off at 7:30 a.m.
The start line is at Main and Brook Streets downtown.
The mini route winds through downtown, Old Louisville, Churchill Downs and back. The finish line is at Preston and Witherspoon, near Waterfront Park.
Runners will have until 1:30 p.m. to cross the finish line. Streets along the route will remain closed during the race.
Friday, runners picked up their packets at the Kentucky Expo Center.
Runner Chris Powell has been running the race for the past nine years. He explained some of the highlights along the route to WDRB.
“It’s a nice tour of the downtown,” Powell said. “You get to see Museum Row. You’ll also run through the infield at Churchill Downs. If you’re running the Marathon, you’ll run out to Iroquois Park, which can be challenging because of the hills.”
If you aren’t running, you may be able to catch the Derby Festival’s final balloon event, the Great Balloon Race, which launches 25 balloons from Bowman Field at 7 a.m.