Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run

Thursday, July 4, 2024

The Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run invites you to join us for our 48th annual race! The USATF-certified 10K foot race begins at 7:30 a.m. and the wheelchair race begins at 7:25 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th in downtown Lexington, KY. The Fun Run is a 1-mile course running through downtown, into Thoroughbred Park, and joining with the Bluegrass 10,000 for the finish. The Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run kick off the day’s festivities with a parade and festival, plus Lexington’s Fireworks Spectacular in the evening. Don’t miss our new year special pricing and share the word with friends and family to get a start on any fitness goals. 

More Information

For more information about the Bluegrass 10,000, Fun Run, and additional race info, click to expand the sections below. 

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 48th year. Wheelchair racers and elite runners are welcome 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 Wednesday, 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.
  • The official race timer, Good Times Racing, determines awards.
  • Times for top competitors will be announced over Lexington Parks & Recreation's social media that day.

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 Thursday, 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 & Fees


Jan. 1 – Jan 15: 10K/Wheelchair $30, Fun Run and Virtual $20
Jan. 15 – June 24: 10K/Wheelchair $35, Fun Run and Virtual $25
June 24 – July 4: 10K/Wheelchair $40, Fun Run and Virtual $27


Please note:

• All fees subject to change.

• Lexington Parks & Recreation is committed to as many people participating in our programs as possible. Scholarships available upon request. Please contact for more information.

Packet Pickup

June 22 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | John's Run/Walk Shop, Palomar

June 25 | 4 – 7 p.m. | John's Run/Walk Shop, Ashland

June 26 | 4 – 7 p.m. | John's Run/Walk Shop, Ashland

June 29 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | John's Run/Walk Shop, Palomar (Final chance to pick up before race)

July 3 | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Artworks At the Carver School (last chance to snag your packet before race day)

* There is availability to pick up during the day July 3, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the office at Artworks at the Carver School.

July 4 | 6 – 8 a.m. | Robert F. Stevens Courthouse Plaza (Limited to out-of-town registrations or prior approval only due to limited time before the race) 


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.

Race Timing Proposals

The Bluegrass 10,000 is seeking proposals from race timing companies for our 48th Annual Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run, taking place on Thursday, July 4 2024. The race timer helps race officials collect and communicate race results to the participants. Our race is unique, in the fact that it is 1 race with 3 start times; a 10K plus the wheelchair division and a 1 mile, family-friendly Fun Run all ending at the same finish line. The Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run have launched Lexington’s Fourth of July festivities for almost 50 years. 

Deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2023

Request for proposal