Ready, set, sign up for the Bluegrass 10,000

Ready, set, sign up! July’s Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run are back, with a slimmed down in-person event, plus a virtual option.

“This is our 45th annual race. It’s one of Lexington’s favorite summer traditions,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “This year might look a little different from most years, but we’re still running or walking forward, making progress.”


Sign-up for the in-person BG 10,000 starts today on-line at

The in-person race is limited to 2,000 participants … first-come, first-served.


All participants of the Bluegrass 10,000, Fun Run and Virtual Race will receive a Bluegrass 10,000 race shirt. Packet pick-ups are planned throughout June at Lululemon in the Summit, John’s Run/Walk shop in Ashland and Palomar, and our community center Artworks at Carver Center.

Details for the BG 10,000, the Fun Run and packet pickup follow.


  • The in-person race is limited to 2,000 participants - first-come, first-served.
  • Sign up for the in-person race here:
  • All participants will run in waves of up to 175 people, for a total of 12 groups. 
  • The day begins at 7:55 a.m. with the Wheelchair Race.
  • 8 a.m. Elite Runners
  • Starting at 8:05 a.m. each wave will be released every 5 minutes until all 12 waves have begun. 
  • Bib numbers assigned at packet pickup times.
  • 10K Training Program by John’s Run/Walk Shop, to be announced via Facebook
  • Gear check near Mile 2 operated on race day by John’s Run/Walk Shop.
  • Start line/finish line: Main Street/Limestone, downtown Lexington. Other course details to come. This will not be a certified race course.
  • Racers will be lined up in the plaza in front of the District and Circuit courthouses on North Limestone.
  • Participant race results can be tracked and uploaded automatically by using the RaceJoy app.
  • No in-person spectators. Friends and family can cheer along virtually and watch the race results via the RaceJoy app. 
  • There will be no awards ceremony. Awards can be picked up at the Carver Center, 522 Patterson St.
  • Awards determined by chip time on racer’s bib throughout the race.
  • Awards for top competitors will be announced over social media.



  • Sign up for the virtual race here:
  • 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. 



  • Sign up for the in-person Fun Run here:
  • The Fun Run is for those who want to run or walk up to one mile on Saturday, July 3.
  • This event will take place on a different course downtown, close to the Bluegrass 10K course.
  • No registration cap is necessary unless participation begins to reach 1,000 people.



All participants – virtual and in-person – receive a commemorative T-shirt designed by Cricket Press and Lexington Parks and Recreation (size selection is final – no exchanges). In-person BG 10,000 and Fun Run participants also receive a race bib.

Pick up packet here:

  • June 21, 5-7 p.m., John’s Run/Walk Shop, Palomar
  • June 22, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Lululemon in the Summit
  • June 27, 12-3 p.m., John’s Run/Walk Shop, Ashland
  • June 29, 5-7 p.m., John’s Run/Walk Shop, Ashland
  • July 3, 10-1 p.m., Artworks at the Carver Center parking lot. This is the last chance pickup. No pickups on race day.