Sunday, March 16, 2014

KDF Marathon MINOR COURSE CHANGE

If you've been following along with the Triple Crown of Running series this year, you already know that the interstate construction downtown forced course changes for the Anthem 5K and the Rodes City Run 10K.

Well, they weren't the only races that were affected; the Derby Festival full Marathon has to do a little re-routing as well.

Luckily, the changes are minor (only affecting the last 4 miles of the course), and the miniMarathon is not affected.

Here's a map of the new route:

2014 Course:

Click here for the full 2014 map

Just for comparison, here's the old course:

2013 Course


Since this is my first time doing the full marathon, I don't really have an opinion on the changes. But those that I've talked to who have done it before say the changes will make the course a little bit easier and flatter, since a nasty hill around the 23/24 mile mark has been removed.

2013 Elevation:


2014 Elevation


Note that the rest of the course is the same, even though the new chart looks way more jagged than the old one. I kinda hope the old one is more accurate when it comes to Iroquois. Either way, how bad is that hill going to suck??

As always, if you have any questions you can visit derbyfestivalmarathon.com, or just ask me!

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