Overall Rating
Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
4.8
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.1
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.6
Run The Bluegrass is America’s Prettiest Half-Marathon through Lexington, Kentucky’s majestic Thoroughbred Farms, starting and finishing on Keeneland Race Course’s iconic grounds. Our Half-Marathoners traverse 2.2 miles along Kentucky’s historic Old Frankfort Pike, ranked by Trails.com as “one of the ten best scenic drives in the United States.” Rich with … MORE
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    arielleighmurph FIRST-TIMER '19

    It’s a beautiful race and great for a first time half. There’s a lot of rolling hills but they’re not steep. It did not feel like 13.1 miles. For my … MORE

    It’s a beautiful race and great for a first time half. There’s a lot of rolling hills but they’re not steep. It did not feel like 13.1 miles. For my first half, I slowly ran and fast walked to take in the scenery. I intend to return next year!

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    brookegal FIRST-TIMER '19

    Top notch all around... greatly organized, easy parking/navigating, beautiful course, great post race provisions, and hands down best medals EVER! I ran this as a “fun run” in prep for … MORE

    Top notch all around… greatly organized, easy parking/navigating, beautiful course, great post race provisions, and hands down best medals EVER! I ran this as a “fun run” in prep for my full marathon and got to enjoy it! Loved running with the horses with their foals and by amazing farms like Calumet! Also, I loved how easy the corrals were set up. Best damn organized race! Highly recommend!

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    Runnerkaty FIRST-TIMER '19

    The medal is sparkling and beautiful, the course had mile marker flags that surprised you as you were enjoying each horse farm scene and despite the hills, the miles just … MORE

    The medal is sparkling and beautiful, the course had mile marker flags that surprised you as you were enjoying each horse farm scene and despite the hills, the miles just clicked away with ease! The toughest hill has a delightful drumming band at the bottom to pump you up to the top! Just a blast!!!

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 10, 2019 at 9:10pm

    Thanks for the enthusiastic review, Katy! I'm definitely interested in a race that bills itself as "America's Prettiest Half," and it sounds like RTB lives up to the title. Run well and enjoy Hatfield McCoy, too — you're checking off Kentucky's finest!

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    jalderink FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful run in horse country! Loved everything about this race from the expo all the way through to the finish line! The medals were stunning! My only regret is not … MORE

    Beautiful run in horse country! Loved everything about this race from the expo all the way through to the finish line! The medals were stunning! My only regret is not being able to get to KY early enough to enjoy some of the Tours. I am on a 50 State quest and I promised my husband I would only do one run per state. I may have to revisit that promise on this State! 🙂

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 10, 2019 at 10:41pm

    Ha, I felt the same way about Hatfield McCoy in Kentucky. Definitely a couple of states I'd like to visit again before I hit all 50... or maybe I'll save 'em to start the next round 🤔 (ha ha, yeah right!). Congrats on adding Kentucky to your map Julie, and continued success on your 50 States quest — look forward to following along here on RaceRaves!

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    Sandytine FIRST-TIMER '19

    Everything I heard about this race was true, it was both beautiful and hilly. I viewed it more as an endurance challenge. The race was very organized, and has may … MORE

    Everything I heard about this race was true, it was both beautiful and hilly. I viewed it more as an endurance challenge. The race was very organized, and has may repeat runners. I would recommend bringing along some type of snack or GU since the course only provided drinks. The medal this year was Kentucky Derby triple crown winner Justify and is stunning!

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    bjfuller2000 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my 4th RTB race. While my time wasn’t my best the bling was triple sweet and it’s always enjoyable to run at Keeneland. Already signed up for 2019 … MORE

    This was my 4th RTB race. While my time wasn’t my best the bling was triple sweet and it’s always enjoyable to run at Keeneland. Already signed up for 2019

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '18

    This should be on EVERYONE'S Half Marathon to do list! From the swag, to the medal, to the organization of this event, to the events associated with this Half that … MORE

    This should be on EVERYONE’S Half Marathon to do list!
    From the swag, to the medal, to the organization of this event, to the events associated with this Half that you can sign up for, the package pick up, to crossing the finish line with a High 5 from the race director! they even have an APP that you can track your workouts on and get additional goodies at the race. Did I mention the medal! By FAR MY FAVORITE in my collection!

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    mseeyoremi FIRST-TIMER '18

    Very nice well run race. The hills are there but make you stronger. Expo is small but well organized. I loved race swag and option to upgrade to jacket. MORE

    Very nice well run race. The hills are there but make you stronger. Expo is small but well organized. I loved race swag and option to upgrade to jacket.

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    kellyh REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Very well organized race, no detail is overlooked. Quiet, hilly course through horse country. The best swag with options to upgrade. Awesome medals. Plenty of aid stations on course. MORE

    Very well organized race, no detail is overlooked. Quiet, hilly course through horse country. The best swag with options to upgrade. Awesome medals. Plenty of aid stations on course.

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    LHAMPT20 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I thought this was a great race and worth my 6 hour drive to get there. Plenty of emails to keep you informed leading up to the race. Nice app … MORE

    I thought this was a great race and worth my 6 hour drive to get there. Plenty of emails to keep you informed leading up to the race. Nice app for tracking purposes. Nice long sleeve hoodie and choice of premium upgrade. And I’m not going to lie, I did it only for the awesome medal!!!! The only thing I did not care for was that they started the shorter race (3.85 I think) first so when the 1st wave started we were running the first mile with walkers and it was packed because the 7 milers also started with the half marathoners. And about 3 miles to go in the half the race merged back with the 7 milers so you had to weave around a lot of walkers.

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    KirstensDad FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was the prettiest run I've ever done. Cherry blossoms, dogwoods, pear trees, and crape myrtle trees all in bloom while running along side of beautiful horses. The shirt had … MORE

    This was the prettiest run I’ve ever done. Cherry blossoms, dogwoods, pear trees, and crape myrtle trees all in bloom while running along side of beautiful horses. The shirt had a hood which means I don’t wear it. The medal was incredible. The only down side is that you cannot stay within walking distance of the start of the race. Traffic was terrible and they delayed the start on a freezing very windy morning by about 15 minutes because of the traffic. Granted, if I had been stuck in traffic I would have been thankful for the delay, but I was there freezing.

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    robrien0215 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I loved this race! It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless. The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run … MORE

    I loved this race!

    It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless.

    The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run up the hill. There is one killer hill at about mile 9.

    The course director was in constant contact and was at the finish line to high 5 you as you crossed the finish line-yes cruel joke that the end is uphill as well.

    The scenery had rolling green hills and horses out in the fields. Not a ton of spectators but the race was so large, you were never really alone on the course. The race being so large I would say is its only downfall as usually the further into the race you get, the more space you have. This was not the case on this one.

    Lexington is a lovely area to visit-great weekend away.

    Everything about this race was well done-highly recommend doing it!

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '14

    Ranks as probably #3 in my list of favorites. The entire course was along the horse farms/stables and was just breathtaking. And when a horse runs alongside you - that's … MORE

    Ranks as probably #3 in my list of favorites. The entire course was along the horse farms/stables and was just breathtaking. And when a horse runs alongside you – that’s a wow experience.

    Hilly! Hilly!! and more Hilly!!!!! I trained for months for these hills. The 9 mile hill is a long 9% grade. But, when we were done, I felt like there was no race I couldn’t handle after that one. If you want that feeling of accomplishment, this is the race to do. There is a special Director’s award for everyone who PRs in this race.

    Kudos to the race organizers who go above and beyond to make this a spectacular experience. They keep the excitement up all year long. The expo included signature bourbon!! Forget the shirts and hat — give me the booze. And rum balls – grandmother’s recipe. I still buy it every year as a Christmas gift to myself.

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    TAB5910 FIRST-TIMER '15

    I train on flat running trails so I had no grandiose expectations for a fast run. This race is known for its hills (20+), but it truly was a beautiful … MORE

    I train on flat running trails so I had no grandiose expectations for a fast run. This race is known for its hills (20+), but it truly was a beautiful course through the horse farms in Lexington. I kept hearing about the hill at mile 9. I survived to tell you it is as tough as you’ve heard! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line. With that being said, I was not far from achieving a PR. The race director does a fantastic job with communications leading up to the race. The expo was fun with quite a few vendors. There was an issue with our original tech tees. They were replaced with awesome tshirt hoodies and the medals are huge! My friends & I plan to do this race again. Check out the Kentucky Classic (duo of this race & the Derby Half). Don’t let the hills scare you. Accept the challenge!

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    hgreasby REPEAT RUNNER '15

    It is a beautiful course but the hills are a killer. At the start of the race it was only 20 degrees at 9am. I have checked this one off … MORE

    It is a beautiful course but the hills are a killer. At the start of the race it was only 20 degrees at 9am. I have checked this one off my list of races but, will not do again. For the swag, a hoodie and a medal, nothing special. But I did love how they make it where you can have your race photos loaded to facebook for you, thumbs up for that!

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