Lots of Running Happening in Lexington.
By: Matt Reno
Most people know Lexington, KY, as home to the UK Wildcats and a ton of horses. What they may not be aware of is that Lexington is also home to a vibrant running community. Because of that, RunLexington.com has launched to provide those runners a resource devoted entirely to their city.
Among those unaware of Lexington’s love for hitting the pavement is Men’s Health. In the summer of 2011, the magazine released a ranking of America’s most sedentary cities. Topping their least-active list was Lexington. This did not sit well in the Bluegrass. Some took the ranking as a wake-up call to be more active, never a bad thing. Others, including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, laughed it off, refusing to take seriously a study that includes video games purchased per year as a significant measure of health. Most Lexingtonians, however, simply brushed it off and kept on running.
Here in Lexington, we know there’s plenty of activity going on and plenty of beautiful spots for that activity to take place. The folks at Men’s Health clearly hadn't seen the downtown streets packed with runners lining up for the Bluegrass 10,000. They hadn't joined one of the city’s many running clubs for a Saturday morning group run. They hadn't witnessed over 2,000 people bundle up at Keeneland to run the Thoroughbred Classic 5K on Thanksgiving morning, while the rest of the nation was plopped on the couch watching the Macy’s Parade.
Yes, Lexington is a great running city, and that’s where RunLexington.com comes into play. Whether you’re a runner or a race director, this brand new website provides the Lexington scene with many valuable resources. Local runners can find races, results, and more all in one location. Race directors can post and control their race information, manage registrations, and post results … all for free.
Get in on the conversation by following @run_lexington on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And be sure to tag your posts with the #runlex hashtag. If you’re an RD, get your free race listings up right away.
Don’t miss out. Not everyone knows this, but there’s a lot of running happening in Lexington.
Matt Reno is the owner of Lexington-based Reno Race Promotion, which offers a range of marketing services to help race directors reach a larger audience for their events.