Our Race Team

Eric Patrick Marr

Race Director and Social Media Playtime Coordinator! Look for our ongoing, year-round conversations on Facebook and Twitter, and on our brand new custom mobile app!

Also, be sure to give Eric a high five at the Finish Line!

 

Rachel Crabtree

Assistant Race Director and Expo Coordinator

Rachel has her own RunTheBluegrass facebook and twitter streams, loves Anton Krupicka and Scott Jurek, not to mention healthy eating!

 

Christine Navarro

Official Merchandise & Training Run Coordinator

We met Christine while creating some ad spots for LM Communications, a Lexington radio conglomerate. Soon to be married, and also mom to "Chewy" (the dog), Christine is an immense help on our early Saturday morning training runs and when all your online store orders come in!

 
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Esther Zunker

Horse Advisory Council Chair

Most recently a Writer for The Blood-Horse Magazine, Kentucky's longtime leading publication for our signature Thoroughbred industry. In addition, Esther is a fantastic runner and volunteers her time as a mentor for Team In Training.

 

Ashleigh Freda

Runners Relations Director and Kids Race Director

Ashleigh Freda, aka The Running Wife, is a photojournalist connecting runners to communities and races through personal stories of strength, training and perseverance. Ashleigh conducts running clinics for children, helps charities raise funds through their running events and works with Race Directors and businesses to build social media brands for their events. Learn more at TheRunningWife.com!

 
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Melynda Jamison & Mare Bivins

Volunteer Coordinators

Melynda and Mare have been serving Central Kentucky in a number of selfless roles for many years, and when they aren't helping with RunTheBluegrass they lead CASA of Lexington's charge to help Bluegrass area children.

 

Cherlynn Stevenson

Concierge & Experience the Bluegrass Coordinator

Cher has been working "behind-the-scenes" at RTB for the past 3 years now in many different capacities, including volunteer, wine pouring girl at the pre-race dinner, and everything in between. Personally, we know her as the Paula Deen of Kentucky - she knows how to plan a party!

 

Lakeshore Athletic Services

Course Management

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.

 

APTiming

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.

 

 
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Keeneland Race Track

Located in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Keeneland, a National Historic Landmark, plays an important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

From its inception in 1936, Keeneland’s founders, led by respected horsemen Hal Price Headley and Major Louis Beard, intended it to be a special place—one that symbolizes the best in Thoroughbred racing. Today, Keeneland continues to be guided by that original mission, taking a leadership role in the industry to improve safety, promote integrity and preserve racing’s storied history.

Each April and October, the nation’s best Thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys converge at Keeneland to compete for some of North America’s richest purse money. The Spring Meet meeting is anchored by the Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland Stakes, Grade 1 prep races for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. Keeneland’s Fall Meet opens with Fall Stars Weekend, featuring nine graded stakes, led by the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Juddmonte Spinster, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and First Lady, all Grade 1 stakes that have served as a springboard to Breeders’ Cup success for many horses.

As the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company, including 83 Breeders’ Cup World Championship winners; 19 Kentucky Derby winners; 21 Preakness winners; 18 Belmont winners; 11 recipients of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year; and five Epsom Derby winners. Keeneland’s global brand attracts a diverse international clientele, with buyers representing nearly every U.S. state and 50 countries attending its four annual sales.

Keeneland is a National Historic Landmark, and its beautiful, park-like grounds are open to the public every day. Fans also are welcome to visit the Keeneland Library, one of the world’s largest repositories of information and photographs related to Thoroughbred racing.


Home of 2015's Breeders' Cup, October 30-31

For the first time, the Breeders' Cup is coming to the cradle of the breeding industry and the heart of the Bluegrass state, where the very idea of the Breeders’ Cup was conceived. To the classic elegance and the iconic feel of Keeneland.

This is the first time that Keeneland, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. The event will be held on October 30-31, 2015.


RunTheBluegrass

Home of RunTheBluegrass

Home of Lexington's RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon each spring (typically the Saturday before Spring Meet), Keeneland offers special Behind-the-Scenes Tours to our runners and their guests, with breakfast in the famous Track Kitchen as well as the opportunity to see some of the early morning workouts!

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Where the Money Goes

RunTheBluegrass is organized by the 501(c)3 LeXenomics Group in Lexington.

Our aim is to spawn and spread good ideas throughout the Bluegrass by investing in entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and changemakers.

$3.7M

Current economic impact since 2012

85%

Percentage of revenues reinvested into our local Bluegrass economy

$43,000

Dollars given to other non-profits since 2012

50 and 10

Number of U.S. states and foreign countries who have visited Lexington for RunTheBluegrass


Additional Non-Profit Beneficiaries

Every year we donate a segment of your registration fees back to various other non-profit organizations around Central Kentucky who help you enjoy your RunTheBluegrass Weekend!

24000.org     A Running Start     American Cancer Society     Broke Spoke     CASA of Lexington     Dunbar Swim & Dive     Fayette Alliance     Flat Parker     Georgetown Baptist Church     Girls On The Run     God's Pantry      Heather Abbott's Medical Relief Fund       Lighthouse Ministries     Manchester Bidwell     Radio Eye     Susan G. Komen     Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance     Thoroughbred Skating Club     Volunteers of America     YMCA of Central Kentucky

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The non-profit LeXenomics Group was founded in 2010 by Lexington, Kentucky native Eric Marr - and exists specifically to help people more easily and successfully pursue their dreams.

In an economy with 60-80% of Americans dispassionate about their careers… in an economy where income growth has stagnated for 1-2 generations… we obviously need a new way.

And that way fundamentally revolves around about bringing out each person’s individual talents to the max, not only yielding personal fulfillment, but likewise creating a more successful and prosperous outward economy for all.

We achieve our goals with a three-pronged approach:

  1. We connect smart, driven people who haven’t yet connected
  2. We raise the level of consciousness inside and outside of Lexington, branding (educating) citizens about opportunities and cool, new developments happening right here in Central Kentucky
  3. We raise money and reinvest that money into local, new, innovative pursuits. Local entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, ideators and risk takers.

Besides RunTheBluegrass, our other projects include:

DreamFuel

Our grant-giving arm for dreamers, pursuers and makers

Best of the Bluegrass Awards

Annual party each December celebrating those Kentuckians who inspire the rest of us!