Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Bluegrass 10,000 is a certified 10,000-meter race through the main business and historic districts of downtown Lexington on the Fourth of July. The race is part of the Lexington's Fourth of July Festival Presented by Ball Homes and Central Bank and is sponsored by Lexington Parks & Recreation. No pets are allowed in the 10K or Fun Run.

Map of race course

Registration and fees



Early-bird registration (through March 31) – $25
Regular – $40


For teams of five or more, team members only pay $25 each.
Top five times will be averaged to determine winners. 

1-Mile Fun Run

Regular – $15



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).

The following are NOT permitted in the 10K race:  Pets, roller skaters, in-line skaters, skate-boarders, bicycles, etc.

Awards and results

The awards ceremony and announcing of race results will be at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Main Street, downtown Lexington. 

A $500 prize will be given to the first place overall male and first place overall female runners, as well as the first place overall male and female participants in the wheelchair divisions.

Awards will be presented to the top 15 male and top 15 female runners.

The top three age division winners (exclusive of the top 15) will be awarded according to chip time.

Fun Run

The Fun Run is a one mile walk/run that will start on the corner of East Short Street and Deweese. Strollers are allowed in the Fun Run. No pets, in-line skaters, bicycles or skateboarders. Participation awards will be given at the finish line on Mill and Main streets.    

Medical staff and water/aid stations

Trained medical personnel and vehicles will be located along the course and at the finish area.  

There are seven water and/or first aid stations located along the course and at the finish area.

Course records

Men: Marcus Nenow 29:14 (1983)

Women: Lydia Kosgei  34:39 (2015)

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)


As always, parking is a concern with large events in a downtown setting. The official parking for the Bluegrass 10,000 will be the Lexington Center/Rupp Arena parking lot. This lot is approximately 15 minutes from the start and 5 minutes from the finish.

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