Louisville Water Provides Water for Ironman
Friday August 28, 2009
Louisville Water Company Provides a Unique Solution to Water for Ford Ironman Louisville Participants
Athletes in this weekend's Ford Ironman Louisville competition require hundreds of gallons of water to stay hydrated. As a local partner in the event, Louisville Water Company (LWC) will supply Louisville Pure Tap® to athletes in the marathon race.
To avoid using thousands of plastic bottles, LWC turned to its own infrastructure for a solution. Over the past few months, LWC crews have tapped existing water service lines along the marathon route for "fill stations". During the race on Sunday, over a 100 volunteers will use potable water hoses to fill 125,000 cups of Pure Tap®. The course includes nine fill stations, all connected to a LWC water main. In addition, LWC will provide a mobile water truck on the 2nd Street bridge. Water Station Locations on Sunday are:
727 S. 3rd Street
1359 S. 3rd Street
2134 S. 3rd Street
3136 Oakdale Ave
4443 Southern Parkway
4921 Southern Parkway
Waterfront Park (by fountain)
Waterfront Park (Great Lawn)
Waterfront Park (near Tumbleweed)
The addition of the fill stations is the result of a pilot project during the 2008 Ford Ironman. LWC created two fill stations for last year's event. The strategy worked so well that LWC expanded the number of stations for this year's event. The company hopes to use this model for other local road races. Each year LWC provides over half-a-million bottles of Pure Tap® water for over 100 community events. The fill stations can hopefully eliminate the need for many of the plastic bottles.
About Greater Louisville Sports Commission
The GLSC is dedicated to attracting, producing and supporting sporting events that have a positive economic impact, enhance the image of the greater Louisville area as a premier destination for sporting events, and improves the quality of life for area residents and sports enthusiasts.
In recent years, GLSC has attracted the Ford Ironman Louisville, the National Senior Games, the U.S. Transplant Games, AVP Volleyball and the National Masters Cycling Championships. For more information, visit www.louisvillesports.org.