Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run

Monday, July 4, 2022

Ready, set, sign up! Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run returns this July to a full in-person event along with a virtual option. The Bluegrass 10,000 is a 10,000-meter race through the main business and historic districts of downtown Lexington.

Course records

Men: Marcus Nenow 29:14 (1983)
Women: Katy Kunc 33:33 (2021)
Men’s Crank Wheelchair: Greg Queen 18:45 (2014)
Women’s Crank Wheelchair: Carley Pearson 25:44 (2014)
Men's Push Wheelchair: Paul Dietrich 24:19 (1996)
Women's Push Wheelchair: Aerelle Jones 32:09 (2018)

Bluegrass 10,000

Join us for a start and finish at the intersection of North Limestone and Main Street as we run together for the 46th year. Wheelchair racers and elite runners are welcomed to start at the front of the line. No pets, roller skates, in-line skates, bicycles, scooters, or skateboards are allowed.

The last day to register for the race is Sunday, July 3. There will be no pickups on race day. We have a limited quantity of shirts ordered. Once they are sold out, no additional shirts will be ordered. 

Race Start Times
  • 7:25 a.m. – Wheelchair
  • 7:30 a.m. – Runners

Bluegrass 10,000 race map

Other Information 

  • Start/finish line: Main Street/Limestone, downtown Lexington. Other course details to come.
  • Racers lined up at the start line on Main Street before the race.
  • Participant race results can be tracked and uploaded automatically by using the RaceJoy app.
  • Friends and family are welcome to come downtown and watch the race from the sidewalk. They can also cheer along virtually and watch the race results on the RaceJoy app. Spectators must watch along the sides of the course and should not block the running route and finish line area. 
  • The awards ceremony will take place in the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza
  • Awards are given to first place male and female winners (overall and age category) for the foot race and wheelchair divisions. 
  • Awards are determined by the official race timer, Good Times Racing.
  • Times for top competitors will be announced over Lexington Parks & Recreation's social media that day.

Race packet pick up dates and locations

Wednesday, June 22
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lululemon in the Summit

Saturday, June 25
10 a.m.  – 1 p.m.
John’s Run/Walk Shop, Palomar

Monday, June 24
4 – 7 p.m.
John’s Run/Walk Shop, Ashland

Tuesday, June 28
4 – 7 p.m.
John’s Run/Walk Shop, Ashland

Saturday, July 2
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Artworks at the Carver Center parking lot 
Last chance for packet pickups. Day of pick-ups is only available for those coming in from out of town or under special circumstances.

Monday, July 4
6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Robert F. Stevens Courthouse Plaza
Limited to out-of-town registrations or prior approval only. Due to limited time before the race. Thank you for your understanding!

Bluegrass 10,000 virtual

The virtual race can be completed at any time from now until July 4. Virtual participants can use the RaceJoy app to upload their results. No awards will be given to virtual runners. Come to any packet pick-up to receive your race shirt.

Fun Run

The Fun Run is for those who want to run or walk up to one mile on Monday, July 4. The Fun Run begins parallel to the Bluegrass 10,000 start and ends at the same finish line. Strollers are allowed in the Fun Run. No pets, roller skates, in-line skates, bicycles, scooters, or skateboards are allowed.

Fun Run race map

Who can participate?

The Bluegrass 10,000 is a footrace; however, wheelchair participants are encouraged to participate. Wheelchair and crank participants are governed by NWAA sanctions.

There are no age requirements to participate. Participants must independently run, walk or use a wheelchair (wheelchair division). Running strollers are allowed.

The following are NOT permitted in the 10K race:  Pets, roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc.

Registration and fees


Registration – $40

1-Mile Fun Run
Registration – $25



The official parking for the Bluegrass 10,000 is the Central Bank Center/Rupp Arena parking lot. This lot is approximately a 10 minute walk from the start/finish line.

Parking within the course is prohibited and will lead to being towed. We discourage parking near the course on side streets as this can create traffic and access issues for these neighborhoods.