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Lexington, KY

Our Guide to the Best Places to Run in Lexington and Surrounding Horse Country

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Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Lexington is considered the ‘Horse Capital of the World’. Tight restrictions on development have preserved the area’s beautiful farms. The highlights of running in Lexington include some gorgeous roads passing by the area’s horse farms, and some attractive multi-use paths, and parks close to the city. Our thanks to Nikki Gilland for her helpful route suggestions!

The best places to run in Lexington include our ‘runseeing‘ tour of the city’s historic residential areas, the gorgeous Arboretum, off-road running on the Legacy and Brighton multi-use trails, and paths around Shillito Park and Wellington Park. For a taste of Lexington’s horse farms, see our routes through Kentucky Horse Park, Masterston Station Park, Hisle Farm Park, and several horse farm routes we’ve  put together in the area of the famed Keeneland reacecourse. For trail running, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is our go-to. For a trail run and a beer, head to West Sixth Farm in Frankfort, which has 4 miles of trails around the grounds of their farm and on-site brewery!

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Lexington has a humid, subtropical climate, with warm, humid summers and cool winters. Summer highs reach well into the 80s (30C), with warm nights. In winter, average high temperatures are in around 40F (5C), with lows in the mid-20s (-4C). Sprint and autumn are gorgeous for running. Runners might have to contend with hear in summer and some cold/ice in winter. Precip is relatively even through the years, with T-storms in summer.

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John’s Run/Walk Shop is the go-to running store in Lexington, with two locations and an extensive group running calendar. Has been around since 1978!

There are also outlets of Fleet Feet and another local running store, Allsports.

J&H Outdoors is great for trail running gear.


John’s Run/Walk Shop has numerous group running events. Typically Mondays 6pm from their Palomar store, Tuesdays 7pm from their Ashland store, and a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ run from Ashland. They also have a group run Saturdays at 8am.  Calendar.

West Sixth Brewing has group runs on Tuesdays at 5:30om
Mirror Twin Brewing has a run group on Mondays at 6pm
The Bluegrass Runners club has group runs are open to everyone.

Looking for road or trail races in this area? Find them on RaceRaves, the best online race calendar and reviews community for runners!

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Good local race CALENDAR, courtesy of John’s Run/Walk Shop.

Bluegrass Half Marathon. Also a 7-miler. May. Self-described as the ‘prettiest road race in the country’, it’s ranked as one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, according to our friends at Halfmarathons.net.