Hitting the Road in the Bluegrass? Check out Run Lexington.


Most people know Lexington, Kentucky, as home to the UK Wildcats and a ton of horses. What they may not be aware of is that Lexington is also home to a vibrant running community. Because of that, a new website, RunLexington.com, just launched to provide those runners a resource devoted entirely to their city.

 Lexington has plenty of activity going on and lots of beautiful spots for that activity to take place, and that’s where RunLexington.com comes into play. Whether you’re a runner or a race director, this brand new website provides the Lexington scene with many valuable resources. Local runners can find races, results, and more all in one location. Race directors can post and control their race information, manage registrations, and post results … all for free.

Get in on the conversation by following @run_lexington on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. And be sure to tag your posts with the #runlex hashtag. If you’re an RD, get your free race listings up right away.

And if you’re just visiting Lexington, enjoy the spacious horse farms, tour the Bourbon Trail, and maybe take in a Cats game. Just don’t forget to go running and let Run Lexington be your guide.

Register for the 30th Annual Thoroughbred Classic

TC5k_logo_2013One of Kentucky’s finest Thanksgiving Day traditions is about to celebrate its 30th installment. The annual Thoroughbred Classic takes place Nov. 28 at the beautiful Keeneland horse racing facility in Lexington. Last year, the race had its largest turnout ever, selling out with 2,400 participants coming from all over Kentucky as well as many other states. Best of all, the race raised a good deal of money for four local charities: the Hope Center, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Central Kentucky Radio Eye, and the Lexington Humane Society.

There’s no better way to kick off your Turkey Day than with a fun, family-friendly race. This year’s milestone race is sure to be extra memorable. Take part in either the 5K or the one-mile fun run. Just head to BLUEgrassRunners.org to register. Early registration is only $25 through Nov. 9, quite a bargain considering that the first 2,200 registrants will receive a Brooks Podium long-sleeved tech shirt, and there will be an extra gift for the first 1,000. As always, the Thoroughbred Classic features over 100 awards, as if making room for extra stuffing weren’t enough of an incentive to run hard.

Please keep in mind that pets or strollers are not allowed. It’s a large race, so this is a safety measure for all participants. Stay up to date with further race details by following BLUEgrass Runners on Facebook and Twitter and using the #ThoroughbredClassic hashtag.


RRP_headerRGBBased in Lexington, Kentucky, Reno Race Promotion offers a range of promotional services to help race directors reach a larger audience for their events.

Saint Michael’s College Knight Striders Virtual 5K

Saint Michael's College Knight Striders Virtual 5KDepending on where you’ve moved on to since college, coming home for homecoming isn’t always easy. But thanks to the magic of the Internet, alumni of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont have a way to take part in a Homecoming Weekend event and raise money for their alma mater. This fall, St. Mike’s alumni, their friends and family, and anyone else who just wants to run in support of a great school can sign up for the Knight Striders Virtual 5K.

Knight Striders will take place September 20-22 to coincide with St. Mike’s homecoming weekend. Alumni who happen to be in Vermont at that time can get together for a run on a mountain trail or alongside beautiful Lake Champlain – there’s no shortage of scenery in the Green Mountain State. Those who can’t make the trip can still participate from absolutely anywhere and are encouraged to find other alumni in the area to run with. Just because this race doesn’t have a fixed location doesn’t mean it has to be a solitary event. Find a fellow Knight in your area and run together.

The registration link will be available soon. In the meantime, you can like the race’s Facebook page to stay up to date. Let’s show some Purple Knight pride!


RRP_headerRGBBased in Lexington, Kentucky, Reno Race Promotion offers a range of promotional services to help race directors reach a larger audience for their events.

Win Free Entry to Race for the Cure or New Pair of Vibrams

komen2013_rgbHey, Running Griffin fans. This is Matt from Reno Race Promotion. I want to let you know about two great giveaways happening now. The first is a free race entry to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lexington, KY on October 5. This is a great event that supports an important cause: fighting breast cancer and empowering patients and survivors. Visit Get Moving KY to enter.

Are you into – or thinking about getting into – minimalist running? You can also enter this giveaway for a new pair of Vibram FiveFingers courtesy of Mud Happens, a mud run / obstacle course happening this August in Bowling Green, KY. Both of these giveaways are run through Rafflecopter, which means there are several ways to get multiple entries into the drawings. Good luck!

RRP_headerRGBBased in Lexington, Kentucky, Reno Race Promotion offers a range of promotional services to help race directors reach a larger audience for their events.

Guest post: Upcoming Events from Reno Race Promotion

RRP_headerRGBA new feature on The Running Griffin, we’ll be including periodic guest posts by Matt Reno from Reno Race Promotion. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, RRP offers a range of promotional services to help races and other athletic events reach a larger audience.

First off, I want to give a huge thanks to Kevin for letting me provide guest posts on The Running Griffin. Running is a sport that can bring together people from absolutely anywhere in the world. I’m glad to have the opportunity to let more runners know about races in the southern part of the country. Though located in Kentucky, RRP can work with race directors anywhere to get more participants at their starting lines. In fact, as a Massachusetts native and former Vermont resident myself, I’m looking forward to helping some New England races gain more participants.

The logo for the Susan G. Komen Lexington Race for the Cure, designed by RRP.

Here are upcoming races RRP is working on right now:

It’s been a lot of fun working with these and other races. In the short time since starting this business, I’ve already learned a lot and met some great people. Best of all, I’ve been able to help more runners find out about races and obstacle course runs in their local areas and support some excellent charities. If you have an event that could use promotion, or if you want to learn more about Reno Race Promotion, please visit the website and send a message. See you out on the course!