Frequently Asked Questions
What are my race options?
We have THREE distances to choose from: Our Half-Marathon, our 7 Miler and our Yearling, which is 3.65 miles. Each option takes you through the beauty of our Bluegrass country, AND you will get your choice of our race shirt, with the option to upgrade to the Columbia jacket! See more about our Swag here.
We also offer the Kids Half-Marathon and One-Miler. Each kid receives a race shirt and medal when they run on Friday evening! Go here for more information.
What time does the race start?
Our Yearling (3.65 Miler) begins at 8:50am.
Our Half-Marathon and 7 Miler begin at 9:00am, with wave starts.
Please be in your corral by 8:30am!
When and where is Packet Pick Up?
2019's Race Expo will be Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th at Keeneland's (click for map) Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. You not only get your Official RunTheBluegrass 2019 Race Swag and bib, but a chance to party with us as we celebrate the arrival of springtime in the Bluegrass!!!
You only need to bring your ID to receive your Race Packet. (And you do need your ID, to show you're 21 or over, for our Finish Line beer!)
Packet Pick Up is not available on race morning – there simply isn't enough time before the beginning of our race. 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.
We also provide partnering Lexington hotel delivery service of your 2019 Official Packet, Swag and Race Bib for $25/person. Just contact Athletes' Services!
We cannot mail Official Race Packets in advance.
Can we register either at the Race Expo or the morning of the Race?
Expo registrations are accepted if your event is not sold out.
Race day registrations are impossible due to time constraints.
May I change events?
You may change from one race event to another, provided the event you wish to switch to is not sold out.
There is a $15.95 administrative fee, and you will be charged the price difference (if any) between events as well.
After February 28, all transfers must be done at expo. (Refunds cannot be given, even if the event you are switching to costs less than what you originally paid.)
I need to make a change to my registration.
You can change most information on your registration (name, address, customized bib, social team, etc) by going to your Race Roster account/dashboard for the race.
I need to change my shirt size. How can I do this?
You may change shirt sizes up through February 28th through your Race Roster account. After that time, depending on availability, you may be able to exchange sizes at our Finish Line Expo on March 30th
What is Race Day traffic and parking like?
There is ample - and FREE - parking near our Start and Finish Lines. (Keeneland Race Course has been hosting tens of thousands of visitors a day, during Thoroughbred Racing Season, since 1936.) Race Day brings quite a bit of traffic all arriving at once, so we recommend you plan to arrive close to 8:00am. Most of our partnering hotels are 12-15 minutes away from Keeneland. Refer to our detailed maps in your Official Race Guide for more parking and entrance information for Race Day.
Are there water stations/port-a-potties?
We have seven fully stocked aid stations along our Half-Marathon and four along our 7-Miler. We are providing Highbridge Spring Water, the best in Kentucky, to all of our runners! Each station will also have SWORD Performance hydration, as well as first-aid kits and portapotties.
Is there a time limit?
Yes, 3 hours and 30 minutes for our Half-Marathon, which is approximately a 16 minutes/mile pace. Our seventh and last wave goes off at 9:15:00am, so our runners/walkers need to arrive at our Half-Marathon / 7-Mile Split Point at Mile 3.34 ("the chicken house") by 10:12 am, otherwise you will be diverted to our 7-Miler. Our 7-Milers have the same 3 hour and 30 minute limit, so they (obviously) have plenty of time. This time limit is in effect out of respect for our many farm owners along our course, who are in the middle of their Thoroughbred breeding season!
Do you offer Gear Check at the Start / Finish?
Yes! You are welcome to have clean clothes and other personal belongings waiting for you at our Finish Line by checking them in before our Start!
Will there be Pacers?
Yes! We will have Pace Team Leaders for our most popular finish times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30 and 2:45.
May I change Waves?
We assign about 750 runners to each of our seven waves. We have these seven waves to provide you ample running room, particularly in the beginning, before everyone spreads out. We prefer you stay in your assigned wave, but we know you want to run with your friends, so it's ok if you switch, just please respect others' desire for space!
What is the weather like in Lexington, 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 usually reaching up to 60 degrees later on in the afternoon after you’re home.
Is the course hilly or flat? Challenging, easy, or…?
A test… Kentucky’s rolling hills with a few flat spots… exquisitely beautiful… challenging… and inspirational. The best way it’s been described: “RunTheBluegrass is a technical course.” More details, including maps, elevation charts and photographs of our Half-Marathon and 7-Mile courses can be found here.
Is there a printable version of the Course Map available?
Yes – Click Here! (In PDF format for your convenience.) You will also receive a 32-page, full color Official Race Guide at our Race Expo, complete with detailed map.
What are the Overall Winners Awards?
Our top three men and women each receive an authentic Kentucky Bourbon Barrel head to display at home or work to commemorate their amazing accomplishments!
What are the Age Groups? And what are the Age Group Awards?
Our handmade, solid oak Bourbon Barrel Age Group Awards for the top three finishers in each Half-Marathon Age Group are some of the most popular around!
Our Age Group Categories:
< 18 Male and Female
19-24, Male and Female
25-29, Male and Female
30-34, Male and Female
35-39, Male and Female
40-44, Male and Female
45-49, Male and Female
50-54, Male and Female
55-59, Male and Female
60-64, Male and Female
65-69, Male and Female
70+, Male and Female
Men's Clydesdale Division (220+ lbs.)
Our Men's Clydesdale Winners receive beer growlers!
Women's Athena Division (160+ lbs.)
We also award Age Group Awards for our 7-Miler and our Yearling. Awards may be picked up at our Athletes' Services tent at our Finish Line. Unclaimed awards are available for pick up at RunTheBluegrass World Headquarters in Lexington, by appointment. Email Rachel to schedule!
We will mail unclaimed Age Group Awards to you, upon request, 3-4 weeks after Race Day, for a $25 shipping and handling fee.
What about registration refunds, transfers or deferrals?
**Back for 2019: registration insurance for only $10!
Runners who do not opt for this registration insurance will not be eligible for refunds. We cannot accommodate deferrals or refunds, on our own, as we buy your Official Race Swag and Amenities well before Race Week.
Bib transfers will only be available until we sellout with 5000 participants, for a $15.95 transfer fee. We will keep you posted when the sellout occurs. You may begin the transfer process by going to your Race Roster account dashboard. If you can't find your confirmation email, you can search for your registration here (and then click on Confirm Registration tab on left.)
After February 28, all transfers must be done at Expo.
Do we offer military discounts?
Yes! 10% off your race registration. Just email Jill[at]RunTheBluegrass[dot]org, and for verification purposes include either A) a copy of your US Military ID or B) a copy of your DD214 or C) a copy of your official discharge certificate. *If your ID is older and still shows your social security number, just redact it (black it out) before including it, for privacy. (Thanks to our Board Chairman, a retired US Army Colonel, for helping us craft this policy!)
Are headphones allowed?
Yes, you may certainly wear headphones during our race as we support you doing whatever helps you run your best race. Like at all good races, we have emergency personnel stationed along our course – and just like at any other time you run, please be aware that an emergency vehicle might need to pass through at some point.
Also, our course (obviously) races right through the heart of Thoroughbred country, and we race in the middle of their breeding season. While Lexington Police close 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 Police and our volunteers are very well prepared for any such scenario.
Can I bring my pet/stroller?
Thank you for being considerate enough to ask! Strollers with small children are allowed. Unfortunately, USA Track & Field regulations now do not allow pets during insured / sanctioned events.
Are paper registration forms available?
Yes! Click here to download 2019′s PDF paper registration form.
I’d like to Volunteer!
Signups will open this fall! We work hard to treat our runners like royalty, and we work hard to treat our volunteers like royalty, too! Tons of locally 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!
85% of RunTheBluegrass proceeds get reinvested back into Bluegrass area businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs.
Is your site secure?
Yes, from head to toe! If you look, you'll see the "https://" in your browser window, alongside the green lock!
FAQ's related to Experience the Bluegrass
Can I purchase Experience tour and party tickets at the Race Expo?
We strongly encourage advanced online reservations, as most of our Experience tours, parties and events sold out in 2018. If your particular event has not sold out come 2019 Expo time, however, you certainly are welcome to buy tickets "at the door."
Kids Race FAQ's
My child is participating in the Kids Race, but needs an escort, may I run with him/her?
A parent or guardian may absolutely accompany little ones who are too small to run alone! As long as the child is registered, the adult can run without registering separately.
What time does the Kids Race start?
7 PM on Friday, March 29th, starting and finishing behind our Race Expo.
Do Kids Race participants receive a t-shirt?
Yes! Kids participating in our Kids Half Marathon or our Kids One Miler both receive a RunTheBluegrass Kids Race tshirt included with their $25 registration.
Kentucky Half Classic
2017 was the last year for the Kentucky Half Classic.