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Changes in store for Triple Crown road races

Madison Shipley Madison Shipley
Becky Dugan Becky Dugan
Brian Leonard Brian Leonard

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two of the three Triple Crown of Racing events are being moved out of downtown because of construction of the new Ohio River bridge.

"They are called calf raises," said Madison Shipley as he stretched.

Shipley will need to do a few more reps now that the first of the Triple Crown races will move out of downtown and into hillier grounds in eastern Jefferson County thanks to all the construction near the Interstate 65 bridge.

"I guess I'll have to do more calf raises for that then," Shipley said.

We strapped a camera on Shipley's head then followed him around Iroquois Park as he huffed and puffed his way towards a better finish time.

"It'll make your legs look pretty good," he joked.

Bridge construction is also rerouting the oldest 10K in Louisville, the Rodes City Run. Organizers say they weren't told about the changes until late December, after hundreds of people had already registered.

"I am not looking forward to it," Becky Dugan said while she practiced for the 5K.

The last minute move sent organizers and runners for a loop.

"If anybody's not been out there," Dugan explained. "They're 'gonna be a bit surprised 'cuz there are quite a few hills." But the new finish line may help the Triple Crown's bottom line. Less downtown streets will have to be closed. That means fewer barricades and fewer cops. Runners just have to remember to show up at the right place.

"People were shocked," said Brian Leonard, a runner and Louisville firefighter. "Honestly I forgot that it changed location, the first 5k did, until I went online and I was like 'holy cow.'"

Construction is keeping the new routes in place until 2016 unless runners decide to keep running down their new path.

The Papa John's 10 Miler will not be changed. Registration for the anthem race is down this year, but organizers hope that more runners will show up Saturday.

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