The Waterfront Challenge


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In a Nutshell

5K obstacle-course race along the scenic Ohio River pits runners against both natural and temporary urban obstacles

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Promotional value expires Jun 17, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Registration required. Must register by 6/17/14. Must be 14 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $55 for entry in a 5K obstacle-course race for one (up to $69 value)

On Saturday, June 21, The Waterfront Challenge dares athletes to engage in an event that's one part road race, one part cross-country race, and one part obstacle course. As racers amble through Waterfront Park, they'll encounter obstacles ranging from hurdles and tires to dumpsters and road-blocking cars. The first wave begins at 6:30 p.m., and the last wave takes off at 9 p.m. In the last heat of runners, participants are encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark costumes and break out glow sticks.

The Waterfront Challenge

The starting pistol fires and the runners are off, but they're in for a surprise. Rather than running an easy 5K around gentle bends and smooth pavement, they have to clamber over parked cars, carry hefty tires, and participate in burlap sack races before they even get near the finish line. This is the Waterfront Challenge, an urban race designed to test a runner's mettle, strength, and endurance on a route that runs through Louisville's scenic, 85-acre Waterfront Park along the Ohio River. The excitement extends beyond the unorthodox obstacles with waves that run late into the night—those who take off at 9 p.m. make up the Glow Race, which elevates the fun by illuminating runners with glow sticks, glow-in-the dark costumes, and the runners' own sweat, which is naturally bioluminescent. At the end of the race, runners celebrate their victories on Big Four Lawn where music, cold beer, and food join an awards ceremony for top finishers and best glow-in-the-dark costume.

Customer Reviews

It was really fun & you get a cool tshirt and a medal when you finish. I may do it again this year!
Lola D. · January 28, 2014
Awesome event. Will definitely do again next year. I think a 5k obstacle type course should be a permanent feature at the waterfront for everyone to use.
Tony S. · September 27, 2012

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