Course Tour

Covington is Miles 2+ – 3+ of the full and half marathon courses. Crossing the Veterans Bridge over the Licking River between the two Northern Kentucky cities of Newport and Covington, runners will continue on the Covington version of 4th Street. This bridge is fairly steep but short. The good news for those running is that most of the Covington side of the bridge is a gradual downhill that goes on for almost an entire mile. In this mile, on the right side of the road, you can see the IRS Processing Center that serves a big portion of the Midwest. Another right turn begins the climb over the last of the three bridges, the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. This is a long bridge that seems to keep climbing longer than expected. The Ohio River is a really big river and the highest portion of the bridge is in the middle so the runners and walkers will need a big cheering boost to get them back into Ohio.

Suggested Viewing Spots

  • Veterans Memorial Bridge
  • Fourth Street
  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
  • (Parking available in Main Strasse Lot at 5th & Philadelphia)

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