|Post-race, all smiles!|
The City of Lexington
My weekend started on Thursday, when I completed the 6-hour drive from Pittsburgh to Lexington and checked into my Airbnb accommodations. For those unfamiliar, Airbnb gives private homeowners the ability to rent out rooms and properties directly to travelers. I found and was immediately drawn to a woman renting out her Amish-built art studio which resided in her backyard garden, complete with chickens, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs milling about! I chose this location for it's uniqueness, and I immediately felt drawn into the specialness of the Lexington community.
|The view outside of my door! Hey, chickie chickie!|
After dinner and drinks on Thursday night (in a University of Kentucky bar during a Wildcats-WVU March Madness game!) I turned in for the night knowing I'd have a full day ahead of me.
|First thing Friday morning at the Run the Bluegrass Expo.|
|The official race shirt, a lightweight cotton hoodie, and my purchase of race-branded Bourbon!|
Another cool thing about this race is that organizers offered unique experiences during the days before the race, including Bourbon tastings, farm tours, trips to meet award-winning horses, and meals from noted local chefs and restaurants. I did not end up participating in any of the official tours. I ended up doing my own visits to a couple of the distilleries. I'm guessing that their organized distillery tours are pretty similar to the tours I found. I made my own visits to 2 Lexington distilleries - Woodford Reserve (lots of cool old distilling methods and historical buildings) and Town Branch (up-and-coming distillery/brewery with a variety of beers and spirits). If I come back to run, however, I will definitely partake in the opportunity to meet one of the horses, or go to one of the special meals.
|Tasting Kentucky Bourbon at Woodford Reserve Distillery.|
|So cold and sunny waiting for the race to start!|
The race started at 9 am, which was great because it gave the sun plenty of time to rise despite the chilly temperatures. I started in corral 4 of 7, and experienced only a short wait as the corrals started 2 minutes after one another. With a medium-sized race field of approximately 4,000 runners, the course wouldn't ever be too crowded.