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Winners Announced for Louisville pure tap® 5K


Louisville, Ky. – September 9, 2017 – With nearly 1,000 registered participants, the Louisville pure tap® 5K went off this morning under cool and sunny conditions at race start. Race participants started and finished at the Louisville Water Tower, home of Louisville’s drinking water, and followed a course that ran east and west on River Road.

Michael Eaton of Louisville, Ky., won the men’s division in a time of 14:38.86, ahead of second-place finisher Andrew Carnes of Louisville, Ky., who clocked a time of 15:08.59. Chelsea Vane of Ellicott City, Md., won the women’s division in 19:06.55, beating Jaydon Cirincione of Georgetown, Ind., who finished in 20:24.67.

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Louisville Regatta Grand Prix Roars into Louisville August 18 – 20

Louisville, Ky. – August 10, 2017 – International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) Powerboats will take control of Louisville’s waterfront on August 18-20 for the third race of the IOGP F1 ChampBoat Championship series racing season, setting the stage for an exciting weekend of racing, entertainment, and fun on the Ohio River in downtown Louisville.

Teams from across North America will converge on Waterfront Park to compete in the inaugural Louisville Regatta Grand Prix with the most-nimble power boats in the world that generate more G-forces than any other racing machine with top speeds of 150 MPH.

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Greg Fante Recognized as a Sports Industry “Game Changer”

Louisville, Ky. – August 10, 2017 – Greg Fante, CSEE, vice president of sports development at the Louisville Sports Commission, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” fall 2017 issue. Connect Sports is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the sports tourism industry.

“It’s an honor for Greg – and for the Louisville Sports Commission – for Greg to be nationally recognized as a leader in sports event attraction,” said Louisville Sports Commission President & CEO Karl Schmitt. “This validates our organization’s efforts to attract and grow events that further our mission to enhance the economics, healthy lifestyles, and awareness of our community through sports.”

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Eight Local Athletes to Compete in 2017 UCI BMX World Championships July 25-29

Local Riders Train at Recently Refurbished Facility at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park


Louisville, Ky. – July 25, 2017 – Eight riders from Derby City BMX will participate in the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships July 25-29 in Rock Hill, S. C. Derby City BMX oversees the local grassroots development program and competition for ages three through adult and seniors. The local riders will be part of the World Championship that includes more than 3,300 riders from the across the US and 40 countries.

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Jim Beam® Bourbon Unveiled as Presenting Sponsor of the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

Louisville, Ky. – July 19, 2017 – Jim Beam®, the world’s number one selling bourbon, has signed on as presenting sponsor of the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon (UBHM) that will be held on Oct. 21. 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.

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