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Race Reports for Ironman Louisville

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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: I think the city really embraces the race and it's a good venue. Ride hills of you sign up. I realize that hills are relative but when I say I have no hills to train on I really mean it. The swim is nice and the water is actually pretty clean. Maybe in a few years after I get over this most recent surgery
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first marathon and first Ironman. Loved this race and all the volunteers and the city of Louisville. it was outstanding!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is my third Ironman and probably my favorite thus far. The swim venue was unique and fun and fast. The bike course is fair with lots of rollers. If they can solve the traffic problem it's perfect. The run course is a bit boring but it's flat and shaded and the crowd support is amazing. I loved the finish line and its atmosphere! I'd like to go back and try to crush this race!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race was a great experience. The course was challenging but not too difficult, especially with a flat run course and near perfect weather. There was no shortage of volunteers from my perspective. I'm really thankful that the city of Louisville is able to support and accommodate such an event.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Sunday, October 9th was an absolutely perfect day. Of course things didn’t go as planned, but I was able to adapt and execute the race plan that Scott and I had put together. As he so wisely told me, Ironman is about executing a race based on the fitness you have on that day and not slowing down. I did a great job of staying inside my box and only worrying about the present and the things I could control. When problems popped up, as they always do, I dealt with them and moved forward as best I could. I had a near perfect bike ride which allowed me to execute a near perfect run… I mean come on, how many people negative split their first Ironman marathon? I would be willing to bet not many. The weather and volunteers were both amazing and Louisville was a nice place to hang out. I was without a car for most of the time I was there but never felt like I needed it as you can walk pretty much everywhere you want to go. Be sure to hit up the Louisville Slugger museum before you leave
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: I loved this race. I would do it again (with a lot more hill training, I just didn't understand what rolling hills meant, my bad). I was happy with my performance. My fluid and food intake were spot on, I am very happy with both. Ironman puts on a great race and the volunteers were the best.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The food tent was empty of options by the time I got there. The volunteers at every level were cheerful, helpful, and encouraging. I loved the number of people throughout the course cheering on the athletes.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race. I would definitely go back. Course is solid and keeps you honest. As always, the volunteers make the day.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I think the swim may be able to be a little more organized by ceding. Even that would make a more stressful day for the slower swimmers and people close to the cutoff times.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First Ironman organized race I've competed in. I have to say it was very well organized. They really pushed through the 3k athletes very well. Even though there were lines at every stage of the process the lines went very fast. Very pleased with the amount and frequency of aid stations. Anything I needed they had, I planned to live off the course and had to issues with that.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Ironman comes at a high price money wise, but they put on a great race and you get your money's worth
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a great race. The location is good, the swim is easy, the bike is on a challenging but beautiful course, and the run is pancake flat. There are plenty of volunteers, and it is well run. The new October race date also provided us with ideal weather for an IM race. The only complaint I have is the lack of port-a-potties along the swim start line.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my second 140 and first Ironman branded race. Before race rad I was put off by what seemed like exorbitant pricing. During the race it became evident that IM spends more on the venue then others at least for the full. When I'm ready for another full I would do an IM without hesitation based on the Louisville 2015 experience. Hopefully the new owner will maintain continuity.
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  • Comments: IMLOU is a great race. This year I crashed at mile 19 on the out-and-back finger section, so I can't comment on much.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: So I'm glad that this race was moved to October as the weather was beautiful for a race! However, I think the swim start was very chaotic and stressful trying to get all your stuff on and organized with a line that just took off. Lots of people struggled to get on their wetsuits and I saw people forgetting goggles and swim caps. Otherwise, the swim was really nice and the volunteers throughout the day were just awesome! The bike course is extremely tough, and the unusual headwind made it even tougher. There are really only two complaints that I have about the course. 1.) It was very lonely for the most part with only a couple of sections that had a lot of people. 2.) The extra out and back that they put in was awful! It had two monster climbs that you had to do and because bike traffic was going both directions, you would often get stuck on the climb behind slower people that just killed your momentum. That section was apparently new this year and was just brutal. Despite the
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Loved the race, but I feel it's not a great race for first timers. The bike course is tough, and the large amount of ppl on the bike course make for an interesting ride.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First full IRONMAN and it was fantastic!!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race and awesome volunteers. The people of Louisville were great and supportive. Happy with race but not happy with my run performance so I signed up for B2B this year. I plan on not making the same mistakes.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I love this race and have nothing but good memories from here. The volunteers are top notch. The course and supporters were great. Ironman does a great job with this race.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race was a great race overall. The race was very well supported and the volunteers were great. Everything was on time and very well organized. I was able to quickly check in and get my packet without issue. A great part of the race are the spectators. They were cheering athletes on all along the bike and run, more so on the run but it definitely makes a difference. If you're thinking about doing this race I would highly recommend staying at the Galt House hotel, which is where I stayed. It's the host hotel and was fairly nice. The reason I recommend it is because packet pickup and Ironman village is inside the hotel. There's also restaurants inside the hotel that serve buffet breakfast (not free) that's pretty descent. Anyways, the location is close to transition and made it much easier to get everything done easily, especially with my family (pregnant wife, 2 & 10 year olds) in tow.
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  • Comments: Overall: I had a great day! No, I didn’t PR, or go another sub 11, but I finished ironman #10 and had fun doing it. Swim – 56:20 T1 – 6:03 Bike – 5:48:05 T2 – 4:54 Run - 5:24:49 TOTAL = 12:20:11 13/79 age 35-39 F 73 Female 439 Overall
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: All of the volunteers were amazing. Probably the best at any race i have done. The people in the city of Louisville are very polite and friendly. If i were to come back i would stay at the Galt or Hyatt down town.
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  • Comments: Observations: nobody was in the ART room. every time I went it, I went straight to a table. It was great, and 1 of the 3 was outstanding - shout out to Andrew Baer, chiro and ART guy in the Louisville area. He is outstanding and worth every dime you pay him. I won the lottery and could do this full time, I would pay to have this guy on a regular basis. The massage people were also outstanding. ..they even did some taping as an added bonus. It is interesting to me how every IM has different rules on little things. Having done 2 IMs before this one, and volunteering at 3- Arizona, LP, TX, FL, and WI, I was expecting that there was a policy to try to get your special needs bags back to you. Not at Louisville. There policy is you absolutely will get nothing back you put in your special needs bags as we don't even try, once you pass through special needs, they throw the bag in a dumpster that they then give to some company that digs through 'garbage' to resell what they can.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great experience for my first race. My body held up better than I expected. The volunteers were everywhere and great support.
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  • Comments: Don't fear Louisville. With proper race management, it can be conquered and raced successfully.
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