Frequently Asked Questions
Bib (and Registration) Transfers
We did allow registration transfers, from one runner to another, up through February 15th for a $10 processing fee.
Update: If you only want to switch races, you may do so through February 28th for a $10 transfer fee. After February 28th, the fee is $15 due to the extra work required on our end.
Notes about switching races:
- Your Personalized Racing Bib will have the incorrect Corral printed on your bib, if you switch races
- Please be sure to “chip check” your racing bib’s timing chip at our Race Expo with our timing company, 3Way Racing
- Our Rookie’s 7-Miler is capped at 400 runners, so first come, first served
- If you are switching from our 7-Miler to our Half-Marathon, you will also need to pay the registration difference
We are unable to provide refunds because we order your Nike Legend Dri-Fit racing shirt, Finisher Medal and racing bib well in advance of Race Weekend. In lieu of this, however, you may transfer your registration to another runner for only a $10 fee, up through February 15th.
Map to Keeneland, home of RunTheBluegrass 2012
Link via MapMyRun dot com
Will there be live music on the course?
Yes! Local, live bands and musicians will be entertaining you along your journey at several locations!
What is the weather usually like in Lexington, in late March / early April?
On average, early spring creates perfect running weather here in Kentucky! It is typically around 45 or 50 degrees at race time, here in the Bluegrass, with lows around 40 the night before and perhaps reaching up to 60 degrees later on in the afternoon after you’re home, showered and enjoying your runner’s high!
Is the course hilly or flat? Challenging, easy, or…?
A test… Kentucky’s hills with some flat spots… exquisitely beautiful… challenging… and inspirational. The best way it’s been described: “RunTheBluegrass is a technical course.” To hear what other runners (of various levels) say about our course, visit their own dedicated page.
Is there a printable version of our Course Map available?
Yes! Click here! In PDF format for your convenience. Includes 8 pages of zoomed-in sections of each turn and mile marker.
Is there a time limit for runners/walkers?
We do not enforce a strict time limit but we do tell Lexington’s police (they close our roads), plus our timing company and our many volunteers that we will be finished in approximately four hours (which is an 18:00/mile slow walk pace).
Are headphones allowed?
Yes! Yes, you may certainly wear headphones during our race. We totally support runners doing whatever helps you run your best race.
Yes! Like all good races, we’re going to have emergency personnel stationed along our course – and just like at any other time you run, please be aware that a vehicle MIGHT need to pass through at some point.
Yes! Also, our course (obviously) races right through the heart of horse country, and we race in the middle of their breeding season. While Lexington’s Police are closing all of our roads to through traffic, there’s still a slight chance a horse-related emergency vehicle might need to pass through on Race Morning. Lexington’s Police and our volunteers are very well prepared for any such scenario.
Keeneland Race Course has been hosting tens of thousands of visitors a day, during Thoroughbred Racing Season, since 1936. There is ample parking, including shuttle buses to our Starting Line if necessary.
There will be SEVEN water & Gatorade hydration stations positioned along our course. We are providing Highbridge Spring Water, the best in Kentucky, to all of our runners!
Are paper registration forms available?
Yes! Click here to download 2013′s PDF paper registration form.
2013′s Race Expo is not going to be just an Expo, it’s a PARTY! Thursday and Friday, March 28th & 29th, you can come and not only get your RunTheBluegrass 2013 Race Swag, we celebrate the arrival of springtime in the Bluegrass!!!
You only need to bring your ID to receive your Race Packet.
Packet pickup is not available on race morning – there simply is not enough time before the start. (Also explaining why we’ve expanded our Expo to two full days.) If you cannot attend our Expo, you may send a friend with your printed registration confirmation to claim your race bib and swag for you.
I’d like to Volunteer!
Just go here! And know this, because you work so hard to treat our runners like royalty, we work hard to treat you like royalty. Extra nice and classy t-shirts, TONS of catered food and snacks all Race Week long, plus complimentary General Admission passes to a day at the races during Keeneland’s beautiful Spring Meet!
Where Do Race Proceeds Go?
The LeXenomics Group, Inc. is a Kentucky-based non-profit organization founded to help good, new ideas grow faster. We devote our energy and resources to innovators, ideators, doers, entrepreneurs and go-getters!
70+% of all RunTheBluegrass 2012 proceeds were reinvested back into Bluegrass area businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs.
How Do I Contact You for More Information?
With our tremendous growth since 2011, we have now hired a dedicated Athletes Services Coordinator, Rachel Crabtree of Lexington, just for you! Email her at Rachel [at] RunTheBluegrass [dot] org with any and all of your race questions!