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The Perfect 10 Miler & 10K

Sat March 18 2017
Location: Lexington, KY US 40511 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Other

Join us for the 2nd Annual Perfect 10 Miler and 10K on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 9am at Mt. Brilliant Farm (www.mtbrilliant.com) in North Lexington.  Our race will benefit Surgery on Sunday (www.surgeryonsunday.org).

ONLINE REGISTRATION will remain open until Friday, 3/17/17 at midnight.

FRIDAY 3/17/17 PACKET PICKUP We'll have a special St. Patrick's Day packet pickup on Friday, 3/17 from 4-7pm at Johns Run Walk Shop (317 S Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502). Come get your packet and take advantage of special deals at Johns Run Walk Shop.  We will also have race day packet pickup and onsite registration at Mt. Brilliant Farm from 7:30-9am on Saturday.

Run through picturesque Mt. Brilliant Farm (8 miles of the 10 Miler course) and tranquil Huffman Mill Pike.  All registrants will receive a commemorative dry fit race shirt and all finishers will receive a finishers medal.  Chip timing by RaceRise, overall & age group awards.   Post race food and drink, DJ and live music in the Mt. Brilliant "Entertainment Barn".  

This race is your "Perfect" prep lead up to many area half and full marathons like Run The Bluegrass, Kentucky Derby Festival, Flying Pig and Horse Capital.  The course is entirely on paved roads/surfaces.  Water and SWORD Hydration will be served at 6 hydration stations along the 10 Miler course. No dogs or strollers....No exceptions! No pace limit for 10K with walkers welcomed! Pace limit for 10 Miler of 15 min/mile.

REGISTER BY 3/8/17 TO GUARANTEE YOUR RACE SHIRT!  After this date it will be first come first serve on any extras we order over and above the total number registered on 3/8.

RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP  3/18/17  We will also have race day PPU and onsite registration from 7:30-9am at Mt. Brilliant Farm but encourage all local runners to pickup on Friday afternoon/evening if you can.  

RACE ADDRESS  The address for the entrance we'll use at Mt. Brilliant Farm is 3865 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40511.  This is the farm's main entrance.  After entering past the gate you'll follow the RACE PARKING signs about .5 miles to the entertainment barn on the farm property.  That is where the race will start/finish.

PERFECT 10 MILER COURSE (Hydration Stations at 1.1, 3.3, 5.2, 6.0, 7.8 and 8.5 miles)  CLICK HERE

PERFECT 10K COURSE (Hydration Stations at 1.1, 2.2, 4.0 & 4.8 miles)  CLICK HERE


Please consider volunteering for Surgery on Sunday at this race. You may click here, or on the Race Volunteer link below, to register as a volunteer. Thank you in advance for your help!

Event Time Price Details
10 Miler
9:00AM EDT
9:15AM EDT
Race Volunteer
7:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
3865 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY US 40511
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A portion of your race registration fee and 100% of additional donations made by runners will go to Surgery On Sunday to help this worthy local charity achieve their mission.  Thanks for your participation and for those who make an additional donation.

Surgery on Sunday is a not-for-profit organization that provides outpatient essential surgical services at no cost to income eligible, uninsured or underinsured individuals who are not eligible for federal or state assistance.

Surgery on Sunday, Inc. works closely with community partners to provide essential outpatient surgical procedures to income-eligible individuals. Patients are referred to Surgery on Sunday, Inc. by numerous partner agencies.


Mt. Brilliant is steeped in rich history and tradition. From its first owners to the rebirth that is taking place today, the stories of the farm unfold one after another and never cease to amaze.

It all started in 1774 when Thomas Jefferson granted 2,000 acres of land north of the Kentucky River to William Russell in recognition of his brother Henry’s outstanding military service in the French and Indian War.

The land was eventually divided between William’s two youngest sons, Robert Spotswood Russell and William Russell, Jr. Shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, young William laid claim to the smaller portion (800 acres) so he could enjoy the mystical cave and ever-flowing spring that add an enchanting ambiance to what is now known as Mt. Brilliant. Russell chose the name to commemorate the Virginia estate of Patrick Henry’s family.

In 1792, Russell built the central portion of the house. Cuming remarked in his 1807 book, “Tour of the West”, that Mt. Brilliant, surrounded by a wall with turrets at each end, lacked “only the vineyards” in its similarity to the French Provincial regions of Languedoc and Provence.

Russell died in 1824 and his heirs sold Mt. Brilliant in 1863. The farm changed hands several times, until 1905 when it was purchased by James Ben Ali Haggin. The Haggin family owned the farm for the next 85 years, and it became a fixture in the Kentucky political and social scene in the 20th Century.

In fact, it was at a political rally held near Russell Cave, which lays on the Mt. Brilliant property, that the infamous duel between abolitionist Cassius Clay and Samuel M. Brown took place. Clay, Henry Clay’s cousin, was saved by a stroke of astonishing fortune when the bullet aimed directly for his heart ricocheted off the silver-lined sheath of his Bowie knife.

Mt. Brilliant was also well known for its beautiful gardens. Owner, Greg Goodman, has returned the gardens of Mt. Brilliant to their splendor. The gardens include a vineyard, a kitchen garden full of berries, herbs and vegetables, a formal English flower garden surrounding a pond, lines of dogwood trees and rose bushes, and a twisting and winding taxus maze that reveals a Horsemania horse at its center. The gardens at Mt. Brilliant were recognized in 2002 by the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Awards.

Today, Mt. Brilliant sprawls over 760 acres of well-manicured grasses, lined with horse fences and dotted here and there by several newly, renovated buildings.

Finishers Medals For Both the 10 Miler & 10K