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Race Schedule

2023 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships

Saturday, December 9, 2023
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park - Louisville, KY

Page last updated on:  December 3, 2023 - 5:00PM

  ---Updated Thursday practice location.


9:00      8 & Under Girls (2000m)

9:40      8 & Under Boys (2000m)
10:20    9/10 Girls (3000m)
11:00    9/10 Boys (3000m)
11:40    11/12 Girls (3000m)
12:20    11/12 Boys (3000m)

1:00      13/14 Girls (4000m)

1:45      13/14 Boys (4000m)
2:30      15-18 Girls (5000m)

3:15      15-18 Boys (5000m)

Our team has a private tent for race day so we encourage the athletes to come earlier than they would for a normal race.  ALL athletes need to be at the team tent NO LATER than ONE HOUR prior to their scheduled race (the EARLIER the better).

Coaches will take each team from the tent to the starting area 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of their race.  ONLY competing athletes will be allowed in the starting/staging area. Similar to Regionals, athletes will be at the starting area without coaches or parents. 


E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park -  Louisville, KY

3000 Freys Hill Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40241

*Follow message boards to appropriate parking locations*

The race course is approximately 25-30 minutes from the team hotel.   Due to the potential of heavy traffic - please allow plenty of time to get from the hotel to the race.    It is recommended to plan a MINIMUM of ONE hour from the hotel to team tent.   


2K Course

3K Course

4K Course

5K Course


We have planned activities to encourage time for athletes and families to socialize and spend time together.  Outside of these limited events, how families spend their time is at your complete discretion, but we ask that you allow ample time for runners to rest and prepare for the race.  This trip provides a great opportunity for informal gatherings with teammates (e.g. movie nights, video games, craft projects, pool).  If your athlete does go swimming, we ask our families and athletes to play calmly and carefully prior to their race.  

Thursday, December 7, 2023

  • Team Practice (Mandatory - if athlete is in-town) - 10:00 to 11:30AM 

    • Parkway Field on the University of Louisville campus. 

  • Age Group/Team Activities (Optional) - Lunch/Afternoon - We encourage age group teams to plan some time together on Thursday afternoon.

  • Age Group Memorabilia - We encourage everyone to plan to get their memorabilia on Thursday at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Recreation Building.

  • ​Thursday evening - Everyone is on their own for dinner.   

Friday, December 8, 2023

  • Team Dinner (Optional) - 6:00 to 7:00PM - Home2 Suites

    • The team will have a dinner for all athletes and immediate family members.   Stay tuned for additional details. 

Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • RACE DAY - see schedule above!   

  • Saturday afternoon/evening - Everyone is on their own on Saturday afternoon and evening for dinner.   


  • Team Party (Optional) - 8:00PM - Home2 Suites

    • We will have a post-race dessert party at the team hotel.


Live results will be available on the following webpage as well as at the course.

The race will also be livestreamed on USATF.TV.  


PARKING - There is plenty of parking adjacent to the course.  Parking Map


MEMORABILIA - Hoodies, t-shirts, etc are customized by the athletes during the purchase process.  Due to this - memorabilia lines are typically LONG.  It is recommended to plan 1-2 hours if you plan to get memorabilia.   It is also recommended to purchase your items PRIOR to race day as popular items tend to sell out quickly.  Items can be purchased at the event headquarters - Recreation Building at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

Merchandise will be on sale on Thursday at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park from 12PM - 6:00PM, Friday from 9AM-5PM, and Saturday from 7AM-5PM.

Experience tells us that:

---Getting your memorabilia on THURSDAY is the best idea - most groups will be there around 3:30pm

---Memorabilia is not cheap.  By the time your athlete customizes their hoodie or shirt - you can easily be looking at $75 or more for that one be prepared for that.


TEAM TENT - Our team will have a team tent available for athletes getting ready to race and post-race.  We will let everyone know where our tent is located within the TENT CITY.  Due to the the limited size of the tent, we ask that friends and families limit the time in the tent to give our athletes and coaches plenty of space to provide a safe  environment.   OUR TEAM TENT IS #TBD.   We will have a team banner hanging on it to help you find it.  


WHAT TO WEAR - Be sure to bring appropriate clothes - including all your team gear.  We would like to have all of the athletes in the dark grey team hoodies at the race course on Friday and Saturday.  Click HERE to see the local weather in Louisville, KY.


OTHER ITEMS TO BRING - The following items could be useful:

  • Hand warmers (check the weather!)

  • Beach towel or small blanket to use in the team tent

  • Race day snacks and water bottle

  • plastic garbage bag to put dirty/wet clothes and shoes in after the race.

PACKING - Make sure you have your running gear in your carry on bag - the S's -
shorts, singlet, shoes (spikes), socks (and sports bra).  These cannot easily be
replaced at the last minute if luggage is lost or delayed.


Baptist Health - 1150 Forest Bridge Rd, Building B, Louisville, KY  40223

Norton Brownsboro Hospital - 4960 Norton Healthcare Blvd, Louisville, KY 40241


Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Airport Expo Center

3000 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40209

Home2 Suites is an extended stay hotel that has a full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, plates, glasses, cups, utensils, and cookware in each room.  The hotel also has a limited number of induction cook-tops available upon request.  SO - if you do not want to eat out each night - you will be able to prepare a meal in your room.

The hotel also has an INDOOR pool, outdoor patio with grills, and fitness center available. 

The hotel is approximately:

·       17 miles (25-30 minutes) to the race course 

·       17 miles (25-30 minutes) to the event HQ / memorabilia sales

The team will be feeding all of the athletes, coaches, and families at the Home2 Suites on Friday evening prior to the race.   There is a SMALL meeting room at the hotel that we will use to serve the meal but we will also utilize the lobby, common areas, and your guest room for eating. 


We do ask that everyone respect the other guests of the hotel while we are there.  We are not the only guests at this hotel - so please be respectful and represent our team properly.  Do not run up and down the hallways being loud, etc. 


Louisville's Official Visitor's Guide

Louisville Mega Cavern

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Kentucky Derby Museum

Churchill Downs

The Big Four Bridge

Muhammad Ali Center

Louisville Zoo

Locus Grove

Farmington Historic Plantation

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