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Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® Again Recognized by BibRave 100

Runner nominations and runner votes decided the Best Races in America for the decade

Louisville, Ky. – December 2, 2020 – BibRave, an online running community that provides race-related information to running race participants worldwide, announced that the Louisville Sports Commission’s Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® (UBHM) was named the number two best half marathon in the country as part of The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America. The UBHM also was listed among the races with the best bites and bevvies, and best medals and swag.

The 11th annual UBHM will be held on Oct. 16, 2021; registration is scheduled to open in early January.

The UBHM is an experiential destination event that celebrates and promotes 200 years of Louisville and Kentucky distilling history, combined with a half marathon route that showcases one of Louisville’s most scenic parks and provides a distinct downtown running experience. The UBHM also features exclusive bourbon experiences and a post-race party that was heralded by Runners’ World magazine as one of the best half marathon after-parties in the country.

“The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® has established itself as a destination boutique half marathon race,” said Karl F. Schmitt Jr., president and CEO of the Louisville Sports Commission. “We’re honored that BibRave has again recognized the UBHM as one of the country’s best half marathons. This acknowledgement reinforces that the UBHM offers its participants a quality course with a beautiful fall setting, and terrific pre- and post-race experiences built around Kentucky bourbon, foods and music. Our team takes a lot of pride in putting on a first-class event and it is rewarding to see that these efforts are appreciated.”

“2020 was challenging for the running industry. We’re proud to shine a light on the events that have gone the distance to provide a great race experience for their runners over the past decade,” said Tim Murphy, co-founder of BibRave. “Runners put a lot of time and research into race preparation, and we hope The BibRave 100 is a helpful tool that helps them plan out their race calendar.”