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Winners Announced for 2017 Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K

Louisville, Ky. – September 30, 2017 – With more than 1,300 registered participants, the Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K went off this morning under cool and sunny conditions. The Great Pumpkin 10K was held in The Parklands of Floyds Fork; it is the second race in the Louisville Sports Commission’s three-race Fall Runathon Series.

Constantine Matsakis of Ellicott City, Md., won the men’s division in a time of 33:11.65, ahead of second-place finisher Ali Faraji-Tajrishi of Louisville, Ky., who clocked a time 35:30.73. Chelsea Vane of Ellicott City, Md., won the women’s division in 39:34.35 beating Andrea Doogs of Louisville, Ky., who finished in 40:26.07. Vane also won the 2017 Louisville pure tap® 5k, the first race in the Louisville Sports Commission’s Fall Runathon series.

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2017 Derby City Cup Cyclocross Event Set for New Course in Joe Creason Park

Derby City Cup will Serve as Test Event for 2018 USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals

Louisville, Ky. – September 13, 2017 – World-class cyclocross racing makes its debut on a brand new course at Louisville’s Joe Creason Park on Nov. 4-5 when the nation’s top professional, amateur, and masters riders gather for the 10th annual Derby City Cup and the UCI Pan-American Cyclocross Championships.

The two days of racing in November also will serve as the test event for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships that will be held Dec. 11, 2018, at Joe Creason Park. The Derby City Cup, which includes UCI C2 races for pro men/women and juniors, will be the only time that amateur and professional cyclocross riders in the U.S. will have the opportunity to ride competitively on the Joe Creason course prior to the 2018 National Championships.

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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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