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    Nearly 150 runners met at Seneca Park on January 15, for the first long run of the Jewish Hospital Frazier Rehab Institute Healthy Lifestyle Training Program.   It was a record turnout for the training run.  This free 16-week program benefits runners training for the Meijer Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon set for April 30. 

    “The turnout was tremendous,” said Mike Campbell, Jewish Hospital’s Frazier Rehab certified athletic trainer. “In the four years that I have participated in the training runs, we have never had that many participants on a Saturday morning run. I think that a lot of people were excited about it (the training program).”  Runners in novice, intermediate and advanced divisions took part in five-, six- and eight-mile runs, respectively.

    The 13.1-mile Meijer Derby Festival miniMarathon will be held in conjunction with the fourth annual Meijer Derby Festival Marathon on April 30, starting at 7:30 a.m. near Iroquois Park. Marathon runners will follow the same course as the “mini” for the first 11 miles. The 26.2-mile Marathon course will continue through the Cherokee Park and the Highlands neighborhood, sharing the same finish line at Sixth and Market streets. The scenic route will include sections of two city parks designed by the esteemed Frederick Law Olmsted, historic Churchill Downs, Louisville’s newly developed waterfront and several eclectic neighborhoods.

    The deadline to sign up for the Training Program is Jan. 21. Participants may also register for the Meijer Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon online at :// The Training Program is sponsored by Jewish Hospital/Frazier Rehab Institute with contributing sponsor Pacers & Racers Running-Walking Store.

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