There are few things like fall races. We train during the heat of the summer and, if we’re lucky, we’re greeted with cool fall weather on race day. October in Central Kentucky has held some pretty exciting race days.

The Iron Horse Half Marathon

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On Sunday, October 11, lots of Lexington area runners made their way to Midway bright and early for the sixth running of the Iron Horse Half Marathon. The weather was a little chilly at the start, but ended up being a perfect day for a race.

Over 1300 runners took to the streets of Midway, running the rolling hills with cheers of spectators and other runners. Alex Payne was the first male finisher with a time of 1:17:49 (that’s 5:56/mile). JRWS employee Emily Frith was the first female across the finish line with a time of 1:23:10. She is the second fastest female winner in the history of the race.

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You can find all of the information you need about the Iron Horse Half Marathon on the website. Click here for race results and click here for race day photos.


The PTA 5K

The following weekend, 712 runners and walkers gathered at the Legacy Trail for the PTA5K. It was a fantastic family event, with inflatables, activities, and local mascots leading pre-race stretches. Kids chased parents, parents chased kids. It was such a fun event with a 1-mile run and a 5K race.


Kat Pagano won the race with a time of 17:40. Pete Crawford was the first male finisher at 18:49. The feel of this race was much less about competition and much more about getting outside and moving with family and friends. Definitely put this race on your list. You can find race results here and photos on our facebook page.

Looking Forward

Race season isn’t over! The fall and winter are full of holidays, and what better way to celebrate a holiday than with a race!

The Black Cat Chase 5K is October 30 in Frankfort. An evening race in costume? What’s not to love?

The Southern Lights Stroll is November 19. The course winds through the Southern Lights holiday light display at the Kentucky Horse Park. This race has a very laid-back feel. You will see lots of families and dogs out for the lights and a nice evening stroll.

The Thoroughbred Classic runs on Thanksgiving Day. This year will be the 32nd Annual race. Head out to Keeneland on Thanksgiving morning. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a pair of compression socks in addition to the usual race swag.

What races are you most excited about over the next few months?


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