Whether visiting our famous Bourbon Distilleries, meeting our legendary Thoroughbreds, or enjoying our local craft beer & cuisine scenes, when you visit Lexington for RunTheBluegrass you are our guests!  We aim to help you make unforgettable memories that last a lifetime!

Our beautiful, unique Central Kentucky home has many gems and for the fourth year in a row, we've put some of them together for you to take in and enjoy with your friends and family!

RTB is much more than a race, we build for you an entire experience!

Reserve your spots in our 2017 Race Week ensemble of tours, parties and special events, below!



Friday, March 31

Noon - 4:30pm

Chartered bus departs Keeneland at 12:00 noon and returns around 4:30 pm.

Experience two of our Central Kentucky staples!

Buffalo Trace Distillery is America's longest continually-operating Bourbon Distillery and Airdrie Stud was home to Lexington, the legendary Thoroughbred back in the mid 1800's and our our own Honorary Thoroughbred in 2017!

Airdie is the birthplace of American Thoroughbred Racing!

 Enjoy lunch at Buffalo Trace's Visitor Center with drinks and snacks on the ways there and back!



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Visit the birthplace of American Thoroughbred Racing!


Friday, March 31

10:30am - 3:30pm

Chartered bus departs Keeneland at 10:30am and returns around 3:30 pm. 


Visit Airdrie Stud, the birthplace of American Thoroughbred Racing and where Lexington himself lived! Then stop at our blossoming Historic Distillery District for lunch, beers, ice cream and bourbon! 

Tour also includes your own hospitality team as well as drinks, snacks and fun while your travel!



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Thursday, March 30

6:00 - 8:00pm

Learn the craft of ale-making at Beer School by Ethereal Brewing's Master Brewers

Sample delicious beers & enjoy light appetizers from local chefs

Go for a Tour+Tasting at Barrel House Kentucky Bourbon Distillery

...and meet up with your RunTheBluegrass friends to kick the weekend off in style!



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Friday, March 31

8:00 - 10:00am

3:00 - 5:00pm

Saturday, April 1

3:00 - 5:00pm


Experience iconic Keeneland Race Track like few do!

Go on a guided tour of their beautiful Grandstand & Paddocks, watch Thoroughbreds working out and visit Keeneland's Gift Shop!

The Friday morning tour includes breakfast in Keeneland's popular Track Kitchen and the two afternoon tours come with special swag from their Gift Shop!




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Friday, March 31

Tours last 45 minutes, departing every 30 minutes

11:00am - 5:30pm


Ride along with a race veteran of our course, learn the history of our majestic Thoroughbred Farms and hear the stories of America's Prettiest Half-Marathon!


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Friday, March 31

10:30am - 3:00pm

Chartered tour departing Keeneland at 10:30am and returning around 3:00 pm. 

Travel to the hallowed grounds of Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ketucky - and enjoy a locally catered lunch, drinks, snacks, games and fun with your own hospitality team!

Plus we'll tell you all about Kentucky's history of horses and bourbon while you take in some of the most scenic views you'll ever find.



Friday, March 31

11:00am - 4:30pm

Departs Keeneland at 11:00am and returns around 4:30pm.

Visit the heart and mecca of Bourbon Country... Bardstown, Kentucky, named America's Most Beautiful Small Town!

First you will enjoy an unforgettable lunch at Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown, then travel the short distance to the historic and iconic Maker's Mark Distillery for a tour and tasting.

Plus, enjoy traveling on your luxury coach with your hosts, snacks, beverages and fun!



Saturday, April 1

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

At the Finish Line!

Enjoy a light, pre-race continental breakfast, a Southern-style breakfast after the race begins, and a full lunch buffet once the clock strikes 11:00 am!

Includes all-you-can-drink Ethereal Brewing craft beers, exclusive access to Keeneland's indoor restrooms and VIP shuttle from the parking area!

*bar will close at 12:30pm


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Saturday, April 1


Chartered tour departs Campbell House at 2:00pm and returns around 6:00pm!

Lexington's own Snobby Beer B*%&hes take you to three of our very best local craft breweries: Mirror Twin Brewing, Blue Stallion and Ethereal, our RunTheBluegrass Beer Sponsor! 

Price includes tasting & tour at each location, as well as samples and snacks on board your luxury coach!



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Saturday, April 1

7:00 - 8:00pm

Lexington's beautiful Campbell House Hotel

Learn all about two of the things that make Kentucky famous: Bourbon and Horse Racing! This year's "school" is expanding to include a professional "how to" read the racing forms, pick a winner and place your bet!

We'll start with the bourbon; Tim Knittel of Distilled Living will return this year to walk you through the basics of bourbon, and guide you through a tasting experience of four different Kentucky Bourbons!

Next, you'll learn the history of the famous Kentucky Mint Julep and make one for yourself, right there with your friends!

While you enjoy your cocktail, we'll have a professional "betologist" guide you through reading a racing form, picking a winner, and placing a bet!

(You'll want to stay for the Post Race Party, too, so you can practice all these skills you've learned!)



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Saturday night, April 1

8:00pm - Midnight

At our Headquarters Hotel, Lexington's beautifully restored, boutique Campbell House!

A rocking band, virtual Thoroughbred racing and betting! (With pretend money!) With prizes for the winners!

Light snacks and a cash bar. All of our favorite bourbon cocktails, craft beers and beverages!

And this year, a fashion contest for the best dressed party-goer, so wear your fabulous hats, dresses, and sear-sucker suits to win prizes!




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Sunday, April 2

9:00 - 10:00am (SOLD OUT)

10:30 - 11:30am (SOLD OUT)

Work out the tightness from Saturday with a relaxing, runner-specific yoga session intended for all levels!

Hosted in our Headquarters Hotel, Lexington's boutique Campbell House.


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