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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of runners hit the ground running in the only race around Derby time that does not involve horses.
Saturday marked the 40th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Mini and Full Marathon.
Kentucky Derby Festival Officials say the KDF Marathon has grown from a small local road race into the largest day of road racing in Kentucky history.
Runners from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries flocked to downtown Louisville to compete in the race.
The course went through downtown, spanned out to the hilly stretch throughout Iroquois Park and back down to Churchill Downs.
The Mini Marathon race is ranked among the nation's top 100 races by USA Track and Field.
Pius Nyantika of Kenya won the mini-Marathon with a time just under an hour and 4 minutes.
"This is my year," said Nyantika, who placed 33rd last year. Nyantika also explained how he could not wait to call his family in Kenya and tell them the news.
The other four male winners for the mini-marathon are Shadrack Kiyai ran in 1:04:12, Patrick Cheptoek ran in 1:04:24, Boniface Biwott ran in 1:06:24 and George Towett came in fifth place with a time of 1:07:21.
Women's winners for the mini-marathon are Etaferahu Temesgen with a time of 1:15:37, Stephanie Pezzullo ran in 1:17:23, Adrienne Curtis came in third with a time of 1:22:18, Natalie Severy ran in 1:23:01 and fifth place went to Andrea Richardson who ran in 1:23:11.
The male winner of the marathon is Getachew Asfaw who ran in 2:19:50 and the female winner is Meghan Shagena who finished in 2:58:45.
The other males who came in top five are Birhanu Tadesse who ran in 2:20:20, Bryan Morseman ran in 2:23:16, Scott Breedon ran in 2:30:35 and fifth place was awarded to Kyle Smith who finished in 2:32:05.
Female winners of the marathon April Woo came in second at 3:04:20, Dianne Griesser ran in 3:13:53, Carolyn Hart ran in 3:15:53 and Patricia Schaefer ran in 3:18:42 to finish out the top five.
Both marathons combined had approximately 16,000 racers this year.