Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.2
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
3.6
Run on one of the most beautiful marathon/half marathon courses in the United States passing over 50 Central Kentucky horse farms. This race will be staged in Lexington, Kentucky, commonly referred to as the Horse Capital of the World. A portion of proceeds benefit Bluegrass Farms Charities. The half-marathon is … MORE
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H (°F) 80 76 74 84 79
L (°F) 60 38 59 47 52
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Recent reviews

    elladams FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race almost undid me and if I didn't already have registrations paid for two more marathons, I would have said this is my last marathon. But that was all … MORE

    This race almost undid me and if I didn’t already have registrations paid for two more marathons, I would have said this is my last marathon. But that was all on me – the race management is awesome and I really enjoy participating in RaceRise-led races. The scenery is nice – lots (and LOTS) of horse farms and gentle rolling hills – just one that was a true doozy that I can remember, but it was on the loop that marathoners had to do twice. Horses and colts were out to cheer the runners on. Plenty of water stops and aid stations — greatly appreciated! But it. was. hot. And I was so not ready for that heat, having only done marathons in November before this. There was also a cutoff of at least 6 hours and 15 minutes … provided you could make it to mile 25 by the 6 hour mark when they reopened the roads, you could take all the time you wanted on that last 1.2 mi. stretch. I was one of the last 10 in and they kept that finish line party rolling until the last one came through – I was so appreciative of this after hearing what the London Marathon runners went through. Swag included a medal and a tech t-shirt – I wasn’t able to get to the packet pickup/expo the night before so if there were any goodies offered at that, I’m not aware of them.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey May 20, 2019 at 6:22pm

    Well done, Elizabeth! I ran Hatfield McCoy in 2016, so I can relate to running (or at least trying to!) in the Kentucky heat. Glad you played it smart, since… MORE

    Well done, Elizabeth! I ran Hatfield McCoy in 2016, so I can relate to running (or at least trying to!) in the Kentucky heat. Glad you played it smart, since heat exhaustion doesn't "horse" around... it sneaks up on you quickly until you pass the point of no return, and at that point you're DONE. So to simply finish 26.2 miles in that heat speaks volumes of your resolve 👏. Luckily Indy Monumental and Carmel should be significantly cooler, and you'll have allowed yourself plenty of time to recover from this hard-earned victory. Congrats on toughing it out, and thanks for your helpful review! LESS

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The expo is nice but very small, great to get in and out! The race start was smooth, bathroom lines and parking were not too bad at all. The course … MORE

    The expo is nice but very small, great to get in and out! The race start was smooth, bathroom lines and parking were not too bad at all. The course had rolling hills with several house farms surrounding, very beautiful! Got to see a few baby colts. Water stops were great with water, sword and ice, very friendly volunteers. Again, never a line for the porta potties. The temperature made it difficult for me hitting 90 degrees, the week before in the 50s (you never know what you are gonna get). Only improvement I would suggest would be timing mats, especially at the out and back. Overall great race, great views and, great people!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    4inthefamily FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is beautiful from start to finish. The roads are nice and the scenery was amazing. Unfortunately, it was a super hot day, so the water stations had a … MORE

    This race is beautiful from start to finish. The roads are nice and the scenery was amazing. Unfortunately, it was a super hot day, so the water stations had a hard time keeping up. To the credit of the organization, we did get some ice cold Gatorade off one of the marathon trucks in the last few miles and it made a huge difference. They were driving up and down and checking on us and it was appreciated. I’d love to do this one again in 50 degree weather.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    + Small race Nice, level roads Water stations ever 1.5 miles Beautiful views of horse country Snacks post race Towels soaked in ice bath & finish line Clearly marked loop … MORE

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    Small race
    Nice, level roads
    Water stations ever 1.5 miles
    Beautiful views of horse country
    Snacks post race
    Towels soaked in ice bath & finish line
    Clearly marked loop course
    7am start
    Easy access to hotels, Lexington, & parking


    Two big hills & rolling hills (+ if you like that sort of thing)
    77 deg F at end of race with < 25% shade

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    kellyh REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Beautiful, quiet course through the rolling hills of horse country. Nice race swag and finisher's medals that double as bottle openers! Plenty of aid stations with water and Sword. Live … MORE

    Beautiful, quiet course through the rolling hills of horse country. Nice race swag and finisher’s medals that double as bottle openers! Plenty of aid stations with water and Sword. Live music and plenty of snacks and beer at the finish line party.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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