Runners brave rain, cold temps to Run the Bluegrass

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Saturday was the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon's fourth year at Keeneland and it was also the rainiest. With temperatures in the 40's, wind and cold rain, runners were left to battle the elements.

"We've had sunshine three years in a row and then this year, the bottom just fell out," says Eric Marr, the race's director. "But it's all good though, we're going to still make it a party."

Officials with the event say the half-marathon has grown over the years. They started out with about 900 runners, but this year, 4,000 runners laced up their shoes and hit the trail.

This weekend wasn't just about running though, instead, there was a little something for everyone.

"Five food trucks outside, we've got massage therapists, we've got 30 local businesses inside the entertainment center," says Marr. "If you want to go somewhere for three or four days and really take in the culture of that unique place and show off the bluegrass, that's what we're trying to do here."

Heather Abbott, a runner who was badly injured in last year's Boston marathon, came to Lexington and was this year's special guest of honor.

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