The Parklands readies course for first running event



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The Parklands readies course for first running event

Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K set for Oct. 19, part of Fall Runathon


LOUISVILLE (October 15, 2013) – Nearly 2,000 area runners and walkers will traverse new paved paths and roads of The Parklands of Floyds Fork during the Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K, the first organized run hosted at Louisville’s newest public park system.

The race takes place Oct. 19 and registrations are now open at

Officials with The Parklands have worked with the Louisville Sports Commission to create a unique course that showcases many recently opened amenities at Beckley Creek Park, including the Egg Lawn, Humana Grand Allee and Distillery Bend areas.

Runners will enjoy scenic fall foliage throughout the 6.2-mile course, as they cross arched bridges spanning Floyds Fork and pass several newly created recreational facilities, picnic shelters and trailheads. Following the race, a wellness festival will be held on the Egg Lawn and will offer family activities including a bike rodeo, drum circle, face painting, yoga, Halloween safety and more.

“The Parklands offers such a wide range of recreational opportunities, whether you’re a highly trained competitive runner or just a family wanting to get out to experience nature and fresh air,” said Scott Martin, park director of The Parklands. “We look forward to welcoming runners for the Great Pumpkin 10K and many more events in the future.”

The Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K is the second race in the Louisville Sports Commission’s Fall Runathon series. The Louisville pure tap 5K took place Sept. 21 and the series culminates with the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon, presented by Humana Vitality, on Nov. 10.  

“We’ve established three distinct running events in Louisville’s fitness calendar with the Fall Runathon and having the Great Pumpkin 10K through The Parklands is absolutely a highlight,” said Karl Schmitt, executive director of the Louisville Sports Commission. “What a fantastic setting for a fall run.”


If you go…

Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10K

Beckley Creek Park at The Parklands of Floyds Fork

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

Online registration available at:    

Race starts at 9 a.m.

Participants and onlookers should enter the park by turning right off of Shelbyville Rd at Beckley Creek Parkway (across from Valhalla)

Starting line/finish line on the main road at the Egg Lawn

Wellness festival on the Egg Lawn begins at 9 a.m.

¾ mile family run/walk around Egg Lawn at 11:15 a.m.

Additional benefits are available for members of The Parklands, including pre-event training runs, VIP parking, priority race packet pickup, on-site child care, stretches and soft-tissue treatment provided by Kentucky Sports Chiropractic, and breakfast provided by Chik-Fil-A. For information, visit:


About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system under development along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. For information, visit

About the Louisville Sports Commission

The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages. More information is available online at and


SPECIAL NOTE TO PARK VISITORS: Beckley Creek Park (from MSD to Echo Trail)  will be closed to non-race participants from approximately dusk on Oct. 18 to approximately 11:30 am on Oct. 19 to accommodate the course. The park will re-open as the race concludes. 

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