The Waterfront Challenge


The Waterfront Challenge race combines cross country running and obstacles in a way that will challenge participants.  The course will take you through parts of Waterfront Park that many of you have never seen before.  You will be running on and off sidewalks, up and down hills, through the grass lawns, between the trees, being presented obstacles all the while.  The course will be tough, but we’ve designed it so that everyone can have fun and finish.  For those with a competitive spirit, awards will be presented to the top finishers. This race starts and finishes at the Big Four Lawn where the party will be growing hotter as the night air gets cooler.  There will be music, games, food, beer (for those 21+) , and much more!  The first wave will start at 6:30pm.  Waves will follow every fifteen minutes.  The last wave will be held at 8:30pm.  We want EVERYONE in the last two waves breaking out the glow sticks, glow paint, glow-in-the-dark costumes, and any other item that will light up the party!

Awards will take place on the main stage at 9:30pm.  Awards will be given to the fastest team(5 or more to be official team), the top three overall times for men and women as well as the top times for each age division.  There will also be awards for the best and brightest GLOW costumes.

What to Bring

  • Photo I.D.
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Cash for food and beer afterward
  • Friends and family for support
  • Glow supplies for the costume contest and after party
  • Ready to work hard and play hard attitude!

Packet Pick Up

Packet Pick Up will be at the festival on race day starting at 530pm.  The packet will include your bib number, safety pins, timing chip, t-shirt, free cruise and more.

FREE Parking

You can park in the numerous parking lots on Waterfront Park as well as on the street.  There are plenty of parking locations throughout downtown Louisville as well.

Spectators Free Admission

This is a Family Friendly Event.  There is no admission charge for spectators.  Anyone is welcome to attend the race and cheer on the participants.  We only ask that all spectators stay off the marked course area.  So bring your friends and family, we want this to be a fun event for EVERYONE!


Each wave has a maximum of 100 participants 

Wave Time
Wave 1 6:30pm (competitive wave)
Wave 2 6:45pm
Wave 3 7:00pm sold out
Wave 4 7:15pm
Wave 5 7:30pm sold out
Wave 6 7:45pm
Wave 7 8:00pm
Wave 8 8:15pm
Wave 9 8:30pm (Glow Wave)

When all waves sell out, registration will be closed.

AGE Divisions for MEN and WOMEN

  • 14-17
  • 18-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60 +


All participants will receive a specially designed race t-shirt, medal, and more.  Each participant must sign the event waiver and provide a valid photo I.D. before receiving their bib at packet pick-up.  Show up at least an hour before your designated wave time on race day.  You CAN NOT pick up someone else’s race packet.


Photos will be taken throughout the day and posted on the event’s website.  We encourage participants to bring their own cameras and take pictures for scrapbooking.  This event will be one you won’t want to forget!



The Waterfront Challenge LLC has the right to change/modify anything about the event at any time.