Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

Sat April 10, 2021 Lexington, KY 40511 US Directions
Come "Run With The Horses" and Celebrate the Arrival of Spring in the Heart of The Bluegrass!


7:30AM EDT - 1:30PM EDT

Half Marathon

7:45AM EDT - 1:30PM EDT

Race Volunteer

6:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
Come Run With The Horses!

Come Run With The Horses in Lexington!

Join us on Saturday, April 10, 2021, for the 6th Annual Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon.   Run on one of the most beautiful marathon/half marathon courses in the United States, passing over 50 Central Kentucky horse farms. 

Our race will be staged as a wave start (50 runners/wave) starting at 7:30am from the Kentucky Horse Park Campground Area.  A short section (beginning and end of the race) will be on the Legacy Trail with 98% being in scenic Central Kentucky country roads.


This race will be staged in Lexington, Kentucky, commonly referred to as the Horse Capital of the World.  Our Marathon/Half Marathon will begin at 7:30am and will have a 6 hour maximum duration (per our city permit).  This means that those competing in the marathon must keep a 14 minute 30 second pace or better to complete the race in time. 


  • Thursday, April 8th from 4-7pm at Fleet Feet Lexington at The Summit at Fritz Farm 
  • Friday, April 9th from 3-7pm (KY Horse Park Campground entrance, This will likely be a drive thru packet pickup. )
  • Lastly, this will be designated ONLY for out-of-town runners who can't get to Lexington in time for Friday's PPU: Saturday, April 10th from 6:15-7:15am at the race venue.


  • Race capped at 900 total participants between the 26.2 and 13.1
  • Staggered/wave start by estimated pace (6 min/mile - 20 min/mile) with approximately 50 runners/wave going off every 1 minute
  • Masks required before and after the race       Participants do not need to run/walk the race in a mask
  • Social distancing encouraged by all throughout the event
  • No post race awards ceremony or distribution
  • Finishers will get a pre-packaged goodie bag of food/beverage before returning to vehicle
  • No printing of results onsite, Results will stream online and runners will receive text results (If signed up for notifications)
  • Any participants who have tested positive for COVID-19 (within 14 days), had contact with someone who has tested positive (14 days) or feels ill (cough, chills, loss of taste, etc...) are asked to switch to our virtual category for the safety of the community
  • Virtual option available for anyone who is registered for either race

Long sleeved technical shirts and finisher's medals and a beautiful, rolling course through Horse County.

Our race benefits Bluegrass Farms Charities who are the "Heart & Hands of Thoroughbred Racing."  Founded in 2003, Blue Grass Farms Charities is a unique 501(c)(3)nonprofit dedicated to providing health and human services to people working in Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred ​industry.

Our courses are measured accurately but will not be certified.  We had to modify our host venue and route due to COVID-19, and having received our city permit approval so late, we are not able to get the course officially certified by race day.

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MARATHON (26.2) ROUTE   (1260 elevation, 17 hydration stations)

HALF MARATHON (13.1) ROUTE (570 elevation, 8 hydration stations)


2021 Finisher's Medals

Our 2021 medals are in the shape of the state of Kentucky and double as a bottle opener!

4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY US 40511
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Our race charity beneficiary is Blue Grass Farms Charities.  100% of participant donations and partial proceeds will benefit this worthy local charity supporting the thoroughbred horse industry in Central Kentucky.


​Founded in 2003, Blue Grass Farms Charities is a 501(c) 3 non profit corporation EIN#20-0374962 devoted to providing health and human services to people working in all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky.

Race Website

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The Full Marathon route starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground area on the paved Legacy Trail.  Runners will proceed on the Legacy Trail for 1/4 mile until intersecting with Iron Works Pike.  Right turn on Iron Works, Right turn on Mt. Horeb (long out and back), Left on Old Lemmons Mill (long out and back) Left on Huffman Mill Pike (Long out and back), Left on Old Lemmons Mill, Left on Mt. Horeb, Right on Iron Works, Right onto Legacy Trail to finish line.  The race start and finish are at the same location.

Runners will pass by 17 hydration stations serving water and SWORD hydration in small cups.   We will have some bananas and salty snacks at 2 of the later marathon hydration stations.  These stops are on average spaced every 1.5-1.75 miles.  Each hydration station will have at least one portable restroom.  Elevation change for the marathon is 1,260 feet.

The marathon route will be accurately measured but will not be an officially certified course.  With late changes to the route and host venue due to COVID-19 we are not able to certify for 2021.

The Half Marathon will start in the Kentucky Horse Park Campground area.  The race will start/finish on the paved Legacy Trail.  Runners will start on the Legacy Trail and be on the trail for the first 1/4 miles before turning left onto Iron Works Pike, then left on Mt. Horeb Pike.  Runners will do a long out and back on Mt. Horeb Pike and then return to Iron Works and then onto the Legacy Trail to the finish line.

There will be 8 hydration stations along the 13.1 mile course.  Hydration stations will be spaced about 1.75 miles apart and serve water and SWORD hydration in small cups.  There will be 2 portable restrooms at each hydration station.  The elevation change for the half marathon is 570 feet.

Resident Notice ---- Traffic Impact From Race

The race will start/finish at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground area.

Roads impacted by the race will be Iron Works Pike, Mt. Horeb Pike, Old Lemmons Mill Pike and Huffman Mill Pike.  See resident notice below for more specific details and instructions.

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