RunTheBluegrass launched in April 2011 at the Kentucky Horse Park, then moved to historic Keeneland Race Course later that summer in preparations for 2012. Keeneland has been our forever home since March 31, 2012.
RTB has grown from 934 total registrants from twenty-seven states in our first year, to now 48-50 states every year plus a handful of countries totaling 5000 registrants in three of our last four years.
We’ve been named by Runner’s World as one of America’s “standout, must-do Half Marathons” and are annually ranked among BibRave’s top events. In 2014, we won Sporting Event magazine’s Éclat Award for excellence.
We race along some of the most historic properties in all of America -- the world even -- with so much international investment into Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. Iconic farm names like Calumet and Stonestreet dot our landscape, plus nearly forty smaller farms along your way. Some of these farms have been owned and managed in the same family for generations and generations.
Every year we feature and pay homage to one of our famous Thoroughbred Farms and one of its most legendary racers. In addition, we partner with a different Kentucky Bourbon Distillery to bring you commemorative, limited edition bottles in that year’s theme.
Our Race Team
Assistant Race Director and Expo Coordinator.
Rachel loves all things Kentucky and sharing them with our family of runners each year! Combining this with her affection for fitness makes her look forward to "work" every day!
In addition to overseeing our annual Race Expo, Rachel’s main focal points are Race Week Logistics plus assembling all twenty of our extracurricular Race Week Tours, Parties and Special Events. She also loves managing our Instagram feed!
Managing Editor and Data Support
Lia is a professional word nerd (when she’s not running, reading or painting). She stays busy with her two teenagers and has been very active with the Meg’s Miles group since it started. With the racing industry’s reliance on technology, Lia is a huge help!
Runner Services Coordinator
Jill has been a distance runner for years and strangely loves the Marathon distance, best. When not running and answering your emails, she teaches water fitness classes, is a personal trainer, and Chief Exercise Officer of HydroRunning with Jill, in Cincinnati. Jill is also the Buddy Relations Co-Coordinator for the international running group, IRUN4. With two crazy kids and an even crazier dog, she is never idle.
Melynda has been serving Central Kentucky in a number of selfless roles for many years, and when she isn’t helping RunTheBluegrass, she leads CASA of Lexington's charge to help Bluegrass area children, even to the point of recently being named National Executive Director of the Year!
Race Week Concierge and Group Hospitality Coordinator
Vanessa, our British import, is a busy mama of four and works in Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. She loves running and writing about our local farms for our blog.
Lakeshore Athletic Services
Lakeshore Athletic Services provides professional race management, logistics, timing services and race equipment to road races and multi-sport events throughout the United States. Lakeshore Athletic Services is headquartered just outside of Chicago.
Ricky Campbell, Bethany Williams, Zeke Smith, Caren Craigo
In business for over five years now, APTiming is made up of local runners in the Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia tri-state area and provides excellent race timing services.