2021 PREVIEW: Races to look forward to...see you there!
After a year of cancelled plans and shifted schedules, our lives are starting to piece back to normal and we hope yours are doing the same. One thing we are excited to return to photographing: races! See a blog post from last year for a really fun recap of these events!
Thanks to our race director friends all over Kentucky, we have so much to look forward to. We kicked it off on March 6 with a lot of familiar faces and a lot of green at the Lucky Leprechaun. See below!
Whether you’re ready to get back in a group run, or want to participate virtually, there are so many options for you. Here’s a preview of the upcoming races. This is not a comprehensive list of where you can see our team in 2021, but it is pretty close.
RunTheBluegrass Half Marathon on March 27 at Keeneland. Last year's flagship spring event - which would have been its 10th anniversary - was canceled so the race directors added on an all-new fall event that is here to stay as part of their COVID pivot! We are so excited for that! See below for more on that one.
Horse Capitol Marathon on April 10. This race, in its sixth year, is stunning (and hilly!) and has all of the wonderful features you can expect from RaceRise. It has an all-new location this year at Spindletop Hall.
Pending summer events include...Survive The Night Triathlon Relays in June, Bluegrass 10,000 on July 4 and A Midsummer NIght's Run in August. We'll keep you posted.
On August 28, be sure to head to the DV8K at Keeneland, with all funds benefiting DV8 Kitchen's incredible addiction recovery program. We don't collect a penny from this event and are honored to contribute to the cause, just like the Brothers' Run. This third annual family friendly 3K held on September 11 supports mental health and suicide awareness. I cannot think of a more important race to take part in this year, with so many struggling from lockdown-induced mental health issues. Both of these events are hosted by RaceRise, and they hit the mission nail on the head every single time.
On September 19, the Iron Horse Half Marathon is back in action. This race is in Midway and there are horses, stone fences, and Bluegrass scenery galore. And fun fact - their race director is a total boss!
A new race for us this year is the Run Richmond Half Marathon & 5K on October 2. This race is held in conjunction with the City of Richmond's Millstone Festival.
The Kentucky History Half Marathon is a personal favorite. Held on October 16 in downtown Frankfort, this is a race with a lot of gorgeous scenery and sweeping panoramas, challenging hills and inspiring history. It is the "Greatest Half in History." Don't miss it - and visit the Kentucky Historical Society while your'e there!
Also on October 16 just a little further down the road is the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in downtown Louisville. If you like a good party, this race is definitely for you! It is a fine production.
Then on October 31 at the iconic Kentucky Castle is the RunTheBluegrass Fall Royale. This is another breathtaking course (literally and figuratively) through horse country's most famous farms.
The Gobbler Half Marathon, 10K and 5K for sure helps us get into the Thanksgiving spirit every year!
So many races, so little time to blog right now. But there’s no better way to get excited about spring and back to (somewhat) normal than events to look forward to. We can’t wait to see you there!
Keywords: Central Kentucky running, half marathon, runner, running, RunTheBluegrass
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