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37th Annual Thoroughbred Classic VIRTUAL 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, & Challenge - November 1 to 30, 2020
We are going VIRTUAL for 2020! For almost 40 years, the Thoroughbred Classic has been a fabric of Thanksgiving Day in Lexington. In the past five years, the race has provided over $200,000 in donations to local charities. We do not want that to change this year. In this crazy world right now, we had to make the difficult, but also exciting, decision to go all virtual for our 2020 event. While we won't see you at Keeneland on Thanksgiving Day, going virtual allows us to offer several options we can't host live!
REGISTER EARLY. Because all proceeds go to charity, we are only ordering swag for folks who register by the required dates. We will still take registrations after the cut off date, but the only swag option will be past years' shirts, in limited numbers, sizes, and subject to availability.
FYI - In addition to our Registration Fee, RunSignUp charges a fee for using their service. You can see the schedule of fees HERE. You are charged one fee no matter how many people you register at once, so you can save a couple of dollars if you register everyone in your group/family at the same time.
We hope you are healthy and safe!
Your Bluegrass Runners Race Team
October 15 - You MUST register by October 15 for any registration to include socks and a medal (including the Challenge shirt and Challenge medal)
November 4 - You MUST register by November 4 for any registration to include a current year (2020) race shirt
November 20 - LAST DAY TO REGISTER. Registrations after November 4 are not guaranteed any shirt at all. We do have past years shirts in limited numbers and sizes. We are happy to provide you with one of those at our in person packet pick up. These shirts CANNOT be mailed. But once we run out, we run out. First come first serve!
November 1 to 30 - Pick your date(s) & time(s) and RUN!
This is the 2020 race shirt! Crew-neck is the unisex/men's version & sizing. V-neck, fitted, is the women's cut and women's sizing. WOMEN CAN CHOOSE THE UNISEX OPTION.
This is the design for the Challenge shirt/tank! Short sleeve is unisex/men's sizing. Women have the option of choosing the tank (women's size chart).
The Race Shirt for 2020 will be Greenlayer's E2 mesh. This is the same shirt we used in 2016 (red) and 2017 (purple for women, gray for men).
For a photo of some of our ladies wearing this shirt in the different sizes check out this LINK and scroll down!
The short sleeve Challenge shirt and women's tank top option are also by Greenlayer with the same sizing as above.
We donate all proceeds to charity, this years contributions will go to:
You can make additional donations under the DONATE tab above or during the registration process.
I've registered, but decided I'm not interested anymore and no longer want to support these great charities. Can I get my money back?
Sorry. This is a virtual event. And you have a month to do it. And it is for charity. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
When do I run?
You have the entire month of November, Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, to choose your date and times to complete your chosen race(s) and distance(s).
I'm from out of town, can I do this event?
Absolutely! That's one of the best parts of being virtual! If you are out of town for the holiday this year or don't live in Lexington, you don't have to miss out on all the fun!
I don't like running. Can I walk these distances instead?
Absolutely! We know people who walk faster than we run! Walk with your dog, walk around the local park, or walk back and forth in your kitchen --- it's all good!
I don't have a GPS watch or anything like that. Do you need proof?
No GPS watch needed. Just keep track of your time - you will want to record it along with your distance traveled to post to social media! This is on the honor system.
Do I have to report my finish time?
Nope! As noted above, this is on the honor system and all about fun and challenging yourself.
I don't run long distance - can I complete the distance(s) at different times?
Of course! The traditional route would be to the complete the chosen distance in 24 hours. And you can space it out over the whole day if you want. But these are not "traditional" times! So if you need more than one day to complete one or more of the distances, take more days. It's up to you! For example, we want to see lots of folks try to cover their first half marathon distance, and we know that not everyone has time for that Thanksgiving morning. So, maybe run or walk 3 miles a day for 4 days and the final mile Thanksgiving morning. Make it fun. Involve your whole family. Encourage yourself and others!
What about the Challenge, that seems like a lot of miles?
The idea is to offer something new and different. The idea is to try to complete each distance on three consecutive days. But if that does not work for you, and you still want to give the Challenge a go, set a different schedule for yourself! You have the entire month of November to make it! Perhaps you do the 5K on Saturday, the 10K the next, and then the half marathon. Maybe you divide the half marathon out over a day, or over several days. Just go for completing the entire 22.4 miles in the way that is challenging to YOU. (I'm sure we will have some folks try to do all the Challenge races on one day, props to them, but also props to everyone who covers 22.4!)
If I do the Challenge, can I do more than one distance in a 24-hour period?
Yes! You can do as many as you want in a day. Want to bang out the 5K and 10K in one day - do it! Have a long run planned and want to bang out all three distances in one day? Do it! BUT!!! Keep track of the individual times to let us know how you did on social media!
If I run all the distances but didn't sign up for the Challenge, do I still get the Challenge swag?
Nope. Sorry! You've got to sign up by October 15 for the Challenge-specific event to get the extra shirt and the second medal.
Do I really get a medal?
Yes, BUT ONLY IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE REGULAR (not low cost option) EVENT OR THE CHALLENGE EVENT BY OCTOBER 15.
What is in my "packet"? What is "swag"?
Your "packet" includes whatever shirts, socks, or medals your registration entitles you to. The shirts, socks, and medals are "swag." If you choose to have your packet mailed, it will include whatever shirts, socks, or medals your registration entitles you to. You will NOT receive a race number (bib) because this is a virtual race.
What do I receive in the mail as my "packet"?
Please see the response above.
Where is my bib/race number?
As noted above, this race is virtual and we try to be as environmentally responsible as possible, so we are not providing bibs. If you want to run with a bib, get creative! Have fun! Make your own and show off your creations on social media.
I did not choose to have my packet delivered by mail, when and where is packet pick up?
Watch this space! We will update as soon as this is determined. We will also send an email.
I didn't choose the mail option, can you still mail my packet to me?
Sorry! We cannot make those accommodations. We are a running club and this race is being produced by a few volunteers. We don't get paid for this (because we want $$ for our charities!) And we can't make late changes or incur costs for mailing.
In 2015, we updated our race logo and theme, supporting the local arts at the same time. Our unique race logo design was created by Robert Bridges -- a loyal Bluegrass Runner who often frequents the Saturday morning run group when he's not chasing his children or making friends with the local fox. We welcome Robert back this year with a unique take on his original design for a unique year. You can check out his work at his website and even buy something in his shop on Etsy. Naturally, he also has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page - enjoy and support the local arts!
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Additional race information can be found at http://thoroughbredclassic5k.org.