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The Course

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 inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the 50 yard hash mark on the football field.

Papa John's 10 Miler 5K Course Map


Family and friends can watch all the runners finish on the big screen inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadiium. The big screen inside the stadium will capture all the excitement when runners cross the finish. Then enjoy all the post-race food and beverages, including feasting on piping hot Papa John's pizza, Panera Bagels, Heine Brothers Coffee, Fruit and Energy Bars from ValuMarkets, and much more.

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Course Start

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 the ChronoTrack Timing System disposable tag; your time is clocked according to when you cross the starting mat, not when you hear the starter pistol.


Course Map

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Street Closures Map

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Water Stops Map

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PJ 10 Miler

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