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Traffic Alert – Issued 02/29/20


Traffic Alert

APRIL 4DOWNTOWN ROAD CLOSURES For Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
(from 7:30am - 10:30am)

Date(s) In Effect: April 4, 2020 7:30 am - April 4, 2020 10:30 am

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020 | 7:30am – 10:30am

On April 4, 2020, the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k will take place in Downtown Louisville. As the third leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is the newest addition to the race series. Over 5,000 local residents and visitors will take to the streets of Downtown Louisville to complete either the 9.3-or 3.1-mile run/walk.

The race will begin at 7:30 am on Saturday, April 4 on Witherspoon St. in front of the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park. The course will then traverse through Downtown Louisville, making its way back towards Waterfront Park where the 5k will finish. The 15k will continue east down River Road until the participants hit Cox Park, at which point they’ll turn around and return back to Witherspoon St. in front of the Great Lawn. For those located in downtown Louisville, streets will reopen between 8:15 am and 9:00 am. For those along River Road, streets will reopen between 9:45 am and 10:30 am. The start and finish block of Witherspoon will close earlier in the morning, but only minimal blocks. Cross traffic will be allowed to cross the route at certain intersections staffed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers. Please visit our race website to see the full course map.

We hope this notice provides the opportunity to plan ahead. This race not only provides a great health and fitness outlet for the Louisville community, it also benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 285,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories. If you are home and find yourself free that morning, we’d love for you to come out and cheer on the participants as they pass by. If you have any further questions, please email or call (502)551-3738. Also, I encourage you to visit our website ( for more information about the race.


  • Start: On Witherspoon Stat Great Lawn heading west
  • Turn RIGHT heading north onto Bingham Way
  • Continue onto W River Rd heading west
  • Turn LEFT onto N 6th St heading south in all lanes
  • Turn LEFT heading east on W Market St in all lanes
  • Turn LEFT heading north on S Jackson St in all lanes
  • Turn RIGHT heading north on E Witherspoon St in all lanes
  • Turn RIGHT heading east on River Rd(5K participants will head west back to Great Lawn to finish)
  • Continue over River Road in eastbound lane to Cox Park
  • Turn around on River at Cox Park to return back to Great Lawn
  • Finish: On Witherspoon St. at Great Lawn


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