The Bluegrass 10,000

458 runners gathered at 4pm on July 4, 1977 to run 6.2 miles. And the Bluegrass 10,000 was born.

This Saturday, Lexington will do it again. On July 4, we will celebrate the 39th Annual Bluegrass 10,000. The race is sponsored by Lexington Parks and Recreation, the Lexington-Herald Leader, and the Downtown Lexington Corporation.

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The start line for the 10K is on Main Street between Elm Tree Lane and Eastern Avenue. The Crank and Wheelchair races start at 7:25am. The 10K begins at 7:30am.

The Fun Run starts at Elm Tree Lane and Short Street and the Fun Run starts at 8:15.

map courtesy of

map courtesy of Click for original site.

Interesting facts:

photo courtesy of Todd's Road Stumblers. Click for original location.

photo courtesy of Todd’s Road Stumblers. Click for original source.

The Men’s Course Record is held by Mark Nenow. He won the race in 1983 with a time of 29:14 (4:42/mile). Nenow held the American 10K record from September 5, 1986 to May 5, 2001 with a 10K time of 27:20 ran in Brussels, Belgium.

courtesy of Dayton Distance Running Hall of Fame. Click photo for original source.

courtesy of Dayton Distance Running Hall of Fame. Click photo for original source.

Kristy Orre holds the Women’s Record for the Bluegrass 10,000. In 1987, she completed the race in 34:44 (5:35/mile). She attended the University of Kentucky and was an NCAA All-American in 1988.

In 1982, the race finished in a tie. Dave Schafuss and Tommy Smith both finished in 31:46.

Registration Details:

There is no race day registration or packet pickup.

Through July 1, you can register at the Dunbar Community Center between 11am and 6pm.

On July 3, you can register at the Parks Administration Office located at the Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome from 3-7pm.


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