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Runners prepare for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon

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Friday, runners picked up their packets at the Kentucky Expo Center. Friday, runners picked up their packets at the Kentucky Expo Center.
Streets along the route will remain closed during the race. Streets along the route will remain closed during the race.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon both kick off at 7:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon both kick off at 7:30 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Saturday morning, 12,000 runners will lace up their shoes and hit the pavement with the hope of crossing the finish line in downtown Louisville. 

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon both kick off at 7:30 a.m. 

The start line is at Main and Brook Streets downtown. 

The mini route winds through downtown, Old Louisville, Churchill Downs and back. The finish line is at Preston and Witherspoon, near Waterfront Park. 

Runners will have until 1:30 p.m. to cross the finish line. Streets along the route will remain closed during the race. 

Friday, runners picked up their packets at the Kentucky Expo Center. 

Runner Chris Powell has been running the race for the past nine years. He explained some of the highlights along the route to WDRB. 

"It's a nice tour of the downtown," Powell said. "You get to see Museum Row. You'll also run through the infield at Churchill Downs. If you're running the Marathon, you'll run out to Iroquois Park, which can be challenging because of the hills."

If you aren't running, you may be able to catch the Derby Festival's final balloon event, the Great Balloon Race, which launches 25 balloons from Bowman Field at 7 a.m. 

The full list of road closures and times for the Marathon and miniMarathon can be found here

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