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Lousiville, KY

This is a guide to running in Louisville, Kentucky. Separated from the state of Indiana by the Ohio River, Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and the 29th largest in the country. The city was founded in 1778, making it one of the oldest west of the Appalachian Mountains. Since the late 1990s, the downtown has experienced significant residential, tourist and retail growth, including the development of Waterfront Park, opening of the openings of Louisville Slugger Field, the KFC Yum! Center, several museums, and the entertainment complex Fourth Street Live!  The city is proving increasingly popular among young professionals and college students.

Our guide to the best places to run in Louisville incorporates major developments to the downtown area such as Waterfront Park and paths along the Ohio River including the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge; and several notable parks, such as the Olmsted designed Iroquois Park, Joe Creason Park, Cherokee Park, and Seneca Park.

Unless you are staying right downtown, a car is generally required to get around the area. The TARC bus system runs downtown and to nearby suburbs.

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Running Along the Ohio River

Louisville, KY

There's 10+ miles of running along the Ohio River! Mostly on pleasant dedicated paths through parks, with great views. Paths on the Kentucky Side are ~7 miles, and 1.7 miles on the Indiana. The 2-mile Big Four Bridge is a spectacular run in and of itself.

Indian Hills Neighborhood

Louisville, KY

For some attractive residential neighborhood running in Louisville, we recommend the Indian Hills neighborhood. This area of tree-lined streets graced by attractive homes is south of the Ohio River, adjacent to the Louisville Country Club.

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

This 2.4 mile loop tours the country’s first city-owned public university. The University of Louisville is a university of many medical firsts, and a great place for some run-seeing. Or you can do a DIY running tour.

Joe Creason Park

Louisville, KY

This park has more to offer than just tennis courts! There are 3.1 miles of trails Beargrass Creek State Nature. popular with cross country runners, and a 1.5 mile paved multi-used path.

Iroquois Park

Louisville, KY

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as “Louisville’s Yellowstone”, Iriquois Park was planned to be a scenic reservation of forested hillside and vista views. There are several miles of trails and wonderful views of the city from the summit.

Iroquois Neighborhood Loop

Louisville, KY

A 3.6 mile loop through a quiet Louisville neighborhood. This loop begins at Iroquois Park and explores a surrounding neighborhood for a peaceful long run. For a longer run, or as part of this, enjoy Iroquois Park.

E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park

Louisville, KY

Activity-filled, 550-acre urban park 14 miles east of downtown with trails, birding, a pool, an archery range & more. The 1.25 mile Goose Creek Trail is the most scenic of the park's three trails. A signed 5k loop is also popular with runners.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

Louisville, KY

A 19-mile greenway connecting four parks, part of the 'Louisville Loop'. The area is 20 miles west of downtown. Great combination of woods, meadows, lawns, parks. The Humana Grand Allee is among the best sections for running.

Louisville has warm to hot summers and cool winters. Average highs in July approach 90F (32C), and it can be quite humid as well. January highs average in the mid-40s, and it can fall below freezing at night. Snow and ice are occasional — be careful of surfaces in winter! Spring is gorgeous in this area. Precipitation falls fairly evenly throughout the year, and often comes in the form of thunderstorms in the summer.

Running Stores

Ken Combs Running Store – Running store with weekly group workouts at Waggener Track (free)

Fell Fleet Sports – Retail chain geared towards runners

Footworks – Specializing in shoes

Group Runs

Derby City Run Club

Trail Runners of Louisville Meetup

Running Calendar

Louisville Triple Crown of Running. Three races/events in the spring of various distances.

Great Pumpkin 10K

Angel Safari 5K

Louisville Beer Run

Viking Dash Trail Run

Louisville Triple Crown of Running and the KY Derby Festival MiniMarathon and Marathon…FAST!!!! Also a winter series sponsored by Fleet Feet. Some decent fall races, Pioneer Run 5k, Fast Freddies 5mile (Thanksgiving), PACE 5k, Downtown Doubler 15k/30k, Grand Slam