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Louisville Sports Commission’s Fall Runathon Returns with Splash of Bourbon

Plan Your New Year Running Calendar Now

Louisville, Ky. – January 7, 2015 – Those making New Year’s resolutions take note: the Louisville Sports Commission’s popular fall running series will return in 2015 – including its most spirited race, the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon. The commission today released the 2015 Fall Runathon schedule, featuring three races that provide unique courses and quality experiences for runners and walkers, while promoting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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Washington’s Shaq Thompson named 2014 Paul Hornung Award Winner

Standout “Runningbacker” Earns Major College Football’s Most Versatile Player Honor

Louisville, KY – Friday, December 12, 2014 – University of Washington’s Shaq Thompson, a gifted athlete who has played linebacker, running back, safety and special teams this season, was named winner of the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.  The Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung present the Award to the most versatile player in major college football.

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UofL’s DeVante Parker Wins 2014 Schnellenberger Award

Award Given Annually to MVP from Winning Team in UofL-UK Football Game

Louisville, KY – November 29, 2014 – University of Louisville’s DeVante Parker has won the 2014 Howard Schnellenberger Award, given to the MVP from the winning team in the University of Louisville versus University of Kentucky’s annual Governor’s Cup football game. The Louisville, Ky., (Ballard High School) native caught six passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns during Louisville’s 44-40 win today.

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Bellarmine University and the Louisville Sports Commission to Host NCAA Division II National Championships Fall Festival in Louisville

Bellarmine University and the Louisville Sports Commission will welcome more than 1,100 student-athletes to its city when it hosts the NCAA Division II National Championships Fall Festival in Louisville, Dec. 4-6.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the venues the week of the event.  For additional event information, please visit

This marks the third time that Bellarmine has hosted an NCAA Division II National Championships Festival.  The fall festival features six national champions crowned in one city during the week.  The overall event, which includes opening and closing ceremonies, student-athlete social lounges and community engagement activities, is structured to enhance the student-athlete experience for those who have earned berths to the Division II championships.  Bellarmine hosted the fall festival in 2010 and the spring festival in 2012.  There will also be close to 300 volunteers from the city participating to make the event a success.

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Five High-Powered Playmakers Named Paul Hornung Award Finalists

Pac-12 Lands Two Players; Big 12, Big Ten and SEC Land One Each

Louisville, KY – Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Four offensive stars who perform double duty on special teams and a two-way “runningbacker” have been named finalists for the Fifth Annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The five players represent four power conferences: the Pac 12, Big 12, SEC and Big 10.

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