It is a fun time for all when the 28th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Ramble for the Roses gets underway in Iroquois Park on Tuesday, April 30th. Metro Council members encourage the public to come out and have some fun and enjoy Derby time in Metro Louisville.
“The Ramble is something young and old alike have enjoyed for almost three decades,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21). “It is an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Iroquois Park.”
The Ramble for the Roses, first held in 1986 by Holy Rosary Academy, features a non-competitive 5K run/walk through beautiful Iroquois Park. The walk begins and ends at the Ramble Mini-Festival, located next to the playground and tennis courts off New Cut Road. The Walk/Fun Run will begin at 6 pm. The mini-festival and cookout will take place from 4-8 pm.
“This is a big year for the Iroquois Amphitheater as we celebrate its 75th year in operation,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “The Ramble is just one of many events we have going on this spring and summer.”
“The Ramble for the Roses is the premiere Kentucky Derby Festival event for South Louisville,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “This is one of the best ways the Metro Council builds community spirit and with so much going on in this area it is another investment in the success of the Iroquois Amphitheater.”
Councilmembers are providing $14,750 in Neighborhood Development Funds to Metro Parks to help offset the cost of the Ramble. Joining Johnson, Welch and Butler as sponsor s are Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Attica Scott (D-1), Jim King (D-10), David James (D-6) and Madonna Flood (D-24).
“If you walk for enjoyment or just want to come out and get into the Spirit of the Kentucky Derby, then come out and enjoy yourself with the Ramble for the Roses,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25)
- For more information and/or to register, go to www.Desaleshighschool.com/ramble 
- Regular Entry Fee (Entry received after April 19): Adult sizes: $20.00 • Child Sizes: $10.00
- Register for this family-friendly event and receive a free long-sleeved Ramble T-shirt!
- Runners Welcomed: Those wishing to run the route will be released first from the crowd first.
- First 600 Registrants Receive a Free 2013 Pegasus Pin!
The Ramble Mini-Festival offers a variety of informational tents and services, including:
- Holy Cross, DeSales and Holy Rosary alumni tents
- State-of-the-art Sunnyhill Playground, featuring rope bridges, slides, a swaying boat, a fenced playground for toddlers and three swing sets. Sunnyhill is handicap-accessible with a rubberized surface.
- Inflatable rides, duck pond & face-painting for kids
- Massage Worx & Wellness – free massage for anyone wearing an official 2012 Ramble T-shirt
- Cooperative Extension – Jefferson County 4-H
- College Roadshow Bus
- Kentucky Humane Society
- Free Cornhole games
- Live Music
- Food & Drink concessions
Each paid registrant receives a long-sleeved Ramble T-shirt and a voucher for free ice cream or fruit. The first 600 adult registrants also receive an official 2013 Pegasus Pin. Pre-event pick-up will be available at DeSales High School and Holy Cross High School at the following times:
- April 29: 1:00-6:00 pm
- April 30: 10:00 am-noon; Iroquois Park pick-up begins at 2:00 pm
Win up to $1,500 in our Ramble Split-the-Pot! Chances are $10 each, 300 total printed. Drawing to occur at DeSales during the the Ramble for the Roses at 8:00 PM.
Free parking is available at the Iroquois Amphitheatre and at DeSales High School. No rain make-up date is scheduled; walk, rain or shine!