Thoroughbred Classic 5K & Kay Collins Memorial Mile

1 Mile, Other, 5K

Event Date

Thu, Nov 23, 2017


Lexington, KY


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Thoroughbred Classic 5K Participant

$25 $25 Closed

5K Stroller Rider

$5 $5 Closed

5K Participating Dog

$5 $5 Closed

Thoroughbred Classic 5K Participant (9 & under)

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity

Like our FaceBook Page for all the latest news and annoucements:  Registration will open in late August/early September - be ready! We have some great things planned for this year! New overall awards, another fun shirt design, kids 9 and under finisher medals AND age group awards, and everything you've come to expect from our event! New for 2017: Create or Join a team and win our largest team prize. Participants must be registered by Wednesday November 22 at 11:59pm to qualify.  Get your family and friends to join in on the fun. Also new for 2017: 5K Training Program. Join in on the fun when you register.

Join us for the 34th annual Thoroughbred Classic 5K & Kay Collins Memorial Mile on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at Lexington’s historic Keeneland Race Course.

Every Thanksgiving morning, runners and walkers from across the country come to Lexington, Kentucky, to take part in the Thoroughbred Classic 5K and Kay Collins Memorial Mile. Organized by Bluegrass Runners, the Thoroughbred Classic is a family-friendly event that benefits several local charities. Last year’s race had the largest number of finishers in its over 30-year history and a record-breaking amount of donations -- over $38,000 in donations to seven local charities. Life Fotos of KY will be providing low resolution downloads of race day photos and will sell high resolution photos - so bring the family and get a great Thanksgiving Day portrait at Keeneland!

Continuing our new tradition, instead of being run separately, the first mile of the 5K race will be run in memory of Kay Collins and be the “Kay Collins Memorial Mile” — allowing everyone to celebrate her memory as well as the memory of other Bluegrass Runners and friends that we have lost over the years. THERE IS NO SEPARATE MILE COURSE.

While we do not encourage participation with strollers or dogs, we understand that Thanksgiving is a family holiday and that for some families, they cannot participate without bringing their stroller or dog. If that is the case, and you need to participate with a stroller or dog, you must purchase a $5 untimed bib for each stroller and each dog. If bibs are not purchased during registration, bibs will be available for purchase on race day. Also, all participants with strollers and/or dogs MUST start in the designated area BEHIND all the runners and walkers and must be personally responsible for any strollers or dogs and not disrupt any other participant on the course. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE PERMITTED. (NOTE: Stroller and dog bibs are untimed and do not qualify for turkey finisher medals, shirts, socks or any other race giveaways). Stroller and dog bibs do NOT qualify as a participant in the largest team competition.  If you do not follow these, or any other rules, or do not purchase a bib, you will be removed from the course. 

Overall, Masters, Grand Masters, Seniors, and Age Group Awards will be presented. Turkey medals will be awarded to all children (ages 1-9) with an appropriate race bib. Stroller bibs (5$ untimed bib) are NOT eligible for a turkey medal.  Because we donate all proceeds to charity, no refunds, no exceptions.

While supplies last (approximately 2,200 adult shirts), registrants receive a commemorative long sleeve technical shirt.  These are men's and women's sized shirts so make your size selection carefully.  There will be NO SHIRT EXCHANGES on sizing until after the conclusion of the race. We will provide more information on shirt sizing and photos on the race web page as we finalize our plans. 

This year we will again offer youth-specific shirts while supplies last (approximately 200).  These are long-sleeve poly shirts in the following youth sizes:

Youth S (6-8) || Youth M (10-12) || Youth L (14-16) || Youth XL (18-20)

We again plan to provide an awesome premium to our first 1,000 participants who are 10 years or older  -- a pair of PRO Compression ( brand technical running socks. BGR gets its own unique deisgn each year! The socks are offered in S/M and L/XL sizes, with limited quantities of each size.  Please arrive early for packet pick up for the best size selection. (NOTE  Because kids 9 and under receive finisher medals, they will not receive a pair of socks.)   For sixing:  S/M (fits women's sizes 7-11, men's sizes 7-10) || L/XL (fits women's sizes 11-14, men's sizes 10-13).

Details on packet pick up will be posted here and on our website when they are available. Packet pickup will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, November 22 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. each day. Visit for more details. Registration is available at packet pick up. We will also have race day packet pick up starting at 7:30 a.m.; however, we strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on one of the two packet pickup dates noted above. Otherwise, please make sure to arrive early (at least an hour) for race day packet pick up to avoid delays from traffic and parking.

The Thoroughbred Classic is presented by Bluegrass Runners ( and will be chip timed by 3 Way Racing (

For a course map, race start/finish, parking, FAQs, and other more specific information, please check out our race website (

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