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Monday, June 13, 2011

Louisville Half Marathon


There is a half marathon that makes you feel right at home. The Taste of Louisville Half Marathon and 5k saw over 500 finishers this year for the second annual run. There was enough people to feel the spirit but not so many you are overwhelmed.
Both races start by running through the Main Street of old town Louisville. You too may be taken by the rustic wooden buildings that are current mom and pop shops in this frontier feeling town. You realize this is not just about running, it’s about the destination. And of course the friendly locals on their cozy patios to cheer you on, and run you through the hose if you are lucky!

The volunteers are beaming with smiles, which makes it a little hard to run. I just wanted to stop and chat it up with everyone. Is there something in the water here that everyone is happier than any clam? It becomes seemingly apparent why this town was ranked as the number place to live by CNN at one point.

After passing the main street you head through local trials and open spaces that are peaceful and serene making it a cinch to zone out. Volunteers zone you back in jingling water in your face to remind you this is a temporary dream. I nestled an orange slice in my mouth and headed back on the luscious trails.

You almost don’t want the finish to come! But running right through the finish takes you to the next party. TheTaste Of Lousiville! Vendors blanket the streets with all sorts of tasty food. Plus many of the local businesses are waiting to rub their charm on you.

The race might be over for the year, but seeing the success of the run put on by Human Movement, there will be another one around the bend. And I suspect you might want to experience something that seems almost too good to be true!

There is a half marathon that makes you feel right at home. The Taste of Louisville Half Marathon and 5k saw over 500 finishers this year for the second annual run. There was enough people to feel the spirit but not so many you are overwhelmed.

Both races start by running through the Main Street of old town Louisville. You too may be taken by the rustic wooden buildings that are current mom and pop shops in this frontier feeling town. You realize this is not just about running, it’s about the destination. And of course the friendly locals on their cozy patios to cheer you on, and run you through the hose if you are lucky!

The volunteers are beaming with smiles, which makes it a little hard to run. I just wanted to stop and chat it up with everyone. Is there something in the water here that everyone is happier than any clam? It becomes seemingly apparent why this town was ranked as the number place to live by CNN at one point.

After passing the main street you head through local trials and open spaces that are peaceful and serene making it a cinch to zone out. Volunteers zone you back in jingling water in your face to remind you this is a temporary dream. I nestled an orange slice in my mouth and headed back on the luscious trails.

You almost don’t want the finish to come! But running right through the finish takes you to the next party. The Taste Of Louisville! Vendors blanket the streets with all sorts of tasty food. Plus many of the local businesses are waiting to rub their charm on you.

The race might be over for the year, but seeing the success of the run put on by Human Movement, there will be another one around the bend. And I suspect you might want to experience something that seems almost too good to be true!

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