Miles of Kentucky scenery

Course features more than 40 horse farms
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Join us on Saturday, May 19, 2018, for the third annual Horse Capital Half Marathon! This race will be staged in Lexington, Kentucky, commonly referred to as the Horse Capital of the World. A portion of proceeds benefit Bluegrass Farms Charities.

Event Details

Race Day: May 19, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Distances: 13.1 Miles and 26.2 Miles
Race Location: Fasig Tipton located at 2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511

Race Pricing

$70 Before 09/30
$80 Before 11/30
$90 Before 03/01
$100 Before 05/20

Half Marathon
$60 Before 09/30
$70 Before 11/30
$80 Before 03/01
$90 Before 05/20

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05:30 am – Race site opens and gear check opens

06:45 am – Pre-race Program and National Anthem

07:00 am – Full and Half Marathon Start

09:00 am – Half Marathon Awards Program for overall winners

10:45 am – Full Marathon Awards Program for overall winners

Packet Pickup

EXPO/PACKET PICKUP  Friday, May 18, 2018 from 12:00 (noon) – 8:00 pm at Fasig Tipton (2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511).  Plenty of free parking, just follow the signs to the expo.  You may pickup for a friend or family member.  We will have limited PPU on race day for out of town runners getting into Lexington late (5:45-6:45am).

You can pickup for a friend or family member if you bring a copy of their ID and race registration confirmation or can show it on your mobile device.

Course Info

The half-marathon is a single loop course on rolling, scenic country roads. Walkers are welcomed, but must finish in 6 hours 15 minutes (a 28-minute-per-mile pace). The marathon will be a quasi-double loop course on rolling, scenic country roads, passing some 40-plus horse farms. In fact, runners are never out of view of a horse farm for the duration of the race! The full marathon participants need to keep a 14 minute 30 second/mile pace

We will have port-o-potties at/near each hydration station on the course.

There will be gear check at the start/finish area

The entire course for the 13.1 and 26.2 is on paved surfaces in good condition.

There is ample parking for all on the Fasig Tipton property. We’ll have parking attendants helping you find a spot.

Our course is on rural roads and is very limited on spectator viewing spots other than the start/finish area.

The course is generally rolling hills with some flat areas. It is moderately hilly but fairly typical for our area. Please see course maps (with elevation) on this website.

The course will be marked with bright signs, mile markers and safety cones where necessary. We will also have lead bike escorts for 13.1 and 26. On course marshals/pointers will be stationed at key turns and turnarounds. The Lexington Police Department will be out in force helping all runners stay safe during the race.

Aid Stations Marathon – 15 hydration stations serving water and SWORD Hydration – stations located at mile marker 2, 3.6, 5.1, 6.5, 8.1, 10.1, 12.4, 14, 15.5, 16.9, 18.3, 19.6, 21.1, 23.2, 25

Aid Stations Half Marathon – Seven hydration stations serving water and SWORD Hydration – stations located at mile marker 2, 3.6, 5.1, 6.5, 8.1, 10.1, 11.9

Marathon Pace groups provided by Beast Pacing for 3:20, 3:40, 3:55, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:30, 6:00 finish times

Half Marathon Pace groups provided by Beast Pacing for 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00 finish times

Our marathon course is certified and approved by the Boston Athletic Association to be a Boston Marathon Qualifier for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Registration Info

We will allow complimentary race transfers until April 1, 2018. From April 1-April 25, 2018 you may transfer with a $15 fee. Transfers after April 25, 2018 will be a $20 fee and the new runner will not receive a personalized bib. To execute a transfer prior to April 27, search for your registration using the link on our home page and choose to transfer as a gift to the new runner or transfer for refund so you receive a partial refund and the new runner pays for their new registration. Need more help?

Have you changed your mind and want to transfer your registration from the Half Marathon to the Marathon or vice versa? You may transfer between events until April 25, 2018. After that time we will not be able to order your personalized bib in time for the event. You will pay the difference in the registration price when transferring from the Half Marathon to the Marathon.

Are there any race refunds?

There will be no refunds under any circumstances. We are not able to offer deferrals.

2018 Training Run Series

We’ll host 6 training runs leading up to the 2018 Horse Capital Marathon/Half Marathon.

Dates/times and details will be announced soon

Race Timing/Awards

Registrants will receive technical race shirts and finishers’ medals

Horse-country inspired Kentucky crafted awards for overall male & female winners and age group awards

Age group awards will go to the top three male & females aged 0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

Our race will be chip timed by RaceRise using disposable bib-chips. You will need to wear your bib on your chest/stomach area (in view for timers and volunteers) in order to ensure accurate timing.

Live streaming results will be available on this website. We also offer runner tracking with text messages and/or email of results.

Horse Capital Marathon Course

Horse Capital Half Marathon Course

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs

What is the race time limit?

The overall time limit for both the half and full marathon is 6 hours 15 minutes. This equates to a 28:30 minute/mile pace for the half marathon and a 14:30 pace for the marathon.

Are stroller allowed?

Yes, we just ask that you do not block faster runners and start the race near the back of the pack.

Is there runner tracking?

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