Athenian speedster Pheidippides ran the world’s first 26-mile marathon after extensive experiments with 18 miles of skipping, 29 miles of prancing, and 52 miles of strolling and whistling with his hands in his pockets. Travel efficiently with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get one registration for the Republic Bank Big Hit 1/4 Marathon at Louisville Slugger Field on Sunday, October 30, at 7:30 a.m. (a $59 value). Registration takes place online. During the marathon expo, participants pick up their race packets and sample wares from sportswear exhibitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Republic Bank Big Hit 1/4 Marathon challenges runners and walkers to complete a 6.55-mile course past Louisville’s sports landmarks, including the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the KFC Yum! Center. Before the race, participants bring a photo ID and stop by the race expo on October 29 at Louisville Slugger Field to pick up a race packet, which includes a race number, a timing chip, a marathon T-shirt, and a goodie bag. Runners race through the streets of Louisville to the rhythms and melodies of live DJs, spirit squads, drum lines, and motivating musical acts. At the end of the route, marathoners race, walk, or hover across plush greens of Louisville Slugger Field to the finish line at home plate. Overall winners and top runners from each age group receive a custom-engraved Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and all runners take home a medal to hang on the wall alongside diplomas and children’s plumbing certificates. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A parent or guardian must sign a release form for all runners younger than 18.
Republic Bank Big Hit Marathon
During the Republic Bank Big Hit 1/4 Marathon, runners and walkers loop through Louisville, chugging past Main Street landmarks before sliding headfirst into the finish line at Louisville Slugger Field’s home plate. Spectators, musicians, and specialty groups line the 6.55-mile route, cheering on participants and shoveling coal directly into their mouths. At the post-race festivities, every participant dons a finisher’s medal, the speediest runners also receiving an engraved Louisville Slugger bat. A portion of the proceeds from the race—and its sister half-marathon, taking place simultaneously—go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.