Centered around the historic Ohio River, Louisville is one of the most vibrant IRONMAN venues on the circuit. Since it was first held in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007, this race quickly became a signature event for our charm-filled city.
The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon starts and finishes in downtown Louisville in front of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. The race includes the Urban Bourbon Bash, a post-race party on the Belvedere that will offer a high-end bourbon tasting, beer, pizza and music by the Louisville Crashers.
Wearing “full bunker gear” and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, teams and individuals race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponents and the clock. The first four days of World Challenge XXV are wild card days. These days work as seeding rounds to make it into the final days (Friday and Saturday).