Perhaps best known for its bluegrass, Kentucky bourbon and its status
as "the horse capital of the world," the city will play host in the spring of
2011 to its second annual Lexington Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile
Fun Run, the fifth in a series of half marathon road races events
that will be staged around the country throughout the year.
From the starting line in nearby Mount Sterling, which lies just a short drive east from Lexington, the race
will take runners on a 13.1-mile route along rolling bluegrass hills,
white fenced horse farms and through some of this city's most scenic
If you're in town long enough to take in some of the sights for which
this area is known, be sure to visit some of the equestrian farms as
well as a sampling of the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon
Trail, including the Woodford Reserve, the Wild Turkey Distillery,
Buffalo Trace and Four Roses Distillery Company. Much like a visit to
the wineries of Napa Valley, California, visits to the distilleries are
open to children and adults and give a full history of the production
and culture of bourbon in the U.S., 95 percent of which is made in
Following the start of the half marathon at 8:00 AM, those running and
walking the 5K Run/Walk will start their race at 8:15 AM, followed by
those taking part in the Fun Run at 9:45 AM. This race is part of the
USRA Half Marathon Series, which includes half marathons in Columbia,
S.C.; Bentonville, Ark.; Mount Pleasant, Wis.; Charles County, Md.;
Council Bluffs, Iowa; Bloomington, Ind.; Joplin, Mo.; Purdue
University, Ind.; Clarksville, Tenn.; Lancaster, Penn.; Stockton,
Calif.; and Flagler County, Fla.
Weather & Climate
Located in central northern Kentucky, roughly 85 miles east of
Louisville, the city of Lexington typically experiences mild to cool
and occasionally cold weather conditions in the early spring, with
generally wetter weather in March than in January and February. In
March, the city's average monthly temperatures range between
55°F and 36°F, while precipitation amounts average just
over 4.4 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of Kentucky's Lexington
Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk or one-mile Fun Run, register
online at Active.com.
Half Marathon Course Map
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