The Papa John's 10 Miler is known for its fast, rolling course and the winding hill in Iroquois Park. Elite athletes and amateurs alike annually target the race for its potential to generate personal and national records. It is a perfect prep race for the Kentucky Derby Marathon and MiniMarathon!
The 10 Miler course begins at Third Street, near Central Avenue and historical Churchill Downs. The first three miles are fairly flat. The winding course continues down Southern Parkway and through the hill inside the Park. The rich history of Iroquois Park takes the runners on a winding route around the open space amphitheater, passing the newly restored playground and fountain, while enjoying overlooks of the city. The course travels back Southern Parkway to Third Street, then crosses Central avenue overpass. The runners reach the finish line in the Bronze Lot of Cardinal Stadium.
Family and friends can experience all the excitement as runners cross the finish line at Cardinal Stadium. Runners will then enjoy all the post-race festivities, including piping hot Papa John's pizza, Heine Brothers Coffee, fruit and energy bars from ValuMarket, and much more.
For the safety of all race participants, runners and walkers will line up at the starting line according to their anticipated pace per mile. Runners must line up next to the marker that indicate their anticipated pace per mile (i.e., "8 minute mile," "8:30 minute mile," etc.) Walkers will line up behind the runners. Remember, the race offers EnMotive's disposable tag; your time is clocked according to when you cross the starting mat, not when you hear the starter pistol.
The minimum pace for the Papa John's 10 Miler is an 18 minute pace per mile.
Absolutely no participant is allowed on the course prior to 8:00 AM (EDT). Any participant on the race course before 8:00 AM will be asked to leave the course.
For the safety of all participants, the following are prohibited from the course at all times:
- Roller or Inline Skates
- Bicycles (including Hand Crank Bicycles)
- Animals (No Pets)
- Any gas or electrical operated vehicle, i.e. motor scooters
Race officials reserve the right to disqualify or remove from the course any participant whose activity violates any condition set forth above or who poses a potential harm to himself/herself or any other participant.
Runners/Walkers have 3 hours to complete the course (by 11:30 AM). Finish line area facilities will officially close at 11:30 AM.
The course officially closes at 11:30 AM.