LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's an event that Baptist Health has put on for more than 25 years, A Midsummer Night's Run, and it took place Saturday in Lexington. Those who organize it and those who participate say it's something great to be a part of.
Ariana Malone ran the race and says, "There are so many people doing it. It's kind of awesome. It's like everyone in Lexington comes and gathers."
Thousands filled downtown Lexington for A Midsummer Night's Run, one of the few night races in the country.
Cecelia Dillard says, "I work at Big Blue Martini and I always see the race so this year, I decided to actually do the race. It's a good workout."
There is also food and plenty of activities for the whole family. Those who take part in the fun are helping to money for Baptist Health Lexington.
Tammy Flora is an organizer of the event. She says, "I think it is a community event that we are all a part of. Baptist Health Lexington of course is a proponent of good health in the community. So this is a fun family event that we can do here in the community."
Before the 5k, there are several other events including a fun run or walk and a competition to find the fastest kid in Lexington.
Flora's own grandson competed with the four-year-old boys division. "We do dashes for the girls and boys," she says.
Some first timers decided to participate in the run as a group and might even consider making it a tradition.
Malone says, "I've never ran any race before so I was really nervous. Us and a couple other people down there were like, let's do it all together. It'll be fun and you'll be fine.”
Event organizers say that the rainy weather might have impacted turn out, but that they had more than 4,300 people sign up.