Thoroughbred Classic 5K & Kay Collins Memorial Mile

Lexington, KY, USA
23 Nov, 2023 (Thu)


5 km


About the event

40th Annual Thoroughbred Classic 5K Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23, 2023   Join us for the 40th annual Thoroughbred Classic 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 9:00 AM 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. Organized by Bluegrass Runners, the Thoroughbred Classic is a family-friendly event that benefits several local charities. We continue to be able to make an amazing amount of donations to local charities, typically over $40,000! 



Check our website and like our Facebook page for all the latest news and announcements. 

We continue to have great things planned for you: new overall awards, another fun shirt design, kids 9 and under finisher medals, AND age group awards. It's everything you've come to expect from our event!

For 2023, we will again have a team option - create or join a team and win our largest team prize. Team participants must be registered by Wednesday, November 22 at 11:59PM to qualify.  Get your family and friends to join in on the fun. Please note that in addition to our Registration Fee, RunSignUp charges a fee for using their service. You are charged one fee no matter how many people you register at once, so you can save a couple of dollars if you register everyone in your group/family at the same time.


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.  


While supplies last, registrants receive a commemorative short sleeve technical shirt. We will again offer youth-specific shirts while supplies last. If you want to make sure you get your preferred size, REGISTER EARLY! Please make your size selection carefully.  There will be NO SHIRT EXCHANGES until after the conclusion of the race. Shirt sizing information and photos will be available on the race web page.  

New for 2023!
During registration you'll have the option to upgrade to a premium 40th anniversary long sleeve quarter zip, or you can purchase it in addition to this year's short sleeve race shirt.

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 design 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. Sizing information is available on the race webpage.

NOTE:  Because kids 9 and under receive finisher medals, they will not receive a pair of socks.  


We understand that Thanksgiving is a family holiday and that for some families, they cannot participate without bringing their stroller or dog. Because these present unique safety considerations, especially in a race of this size, ALL participants must be registered. To provide the most enjoyable and safest race experience for everyone:

A $5 untimed bib must be purchased for each stroller and each dog. Untimed bibs will be available for purchase during registration and on race day. All participants with strollers and/or dogs MUST start in the designated area BEHIND all the runners and walkers Participants with strollers and/or dogs must be personally responsible for any strollers or dogs and not disrupt any other participant on the course. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE PERMITTED.

If you do not follow these, or any other rules, or do not purchase a bib, you will be removed from the course. 

Untimed bibs must be purchased in addition to a regular participant's timed bib - that is, you cannot just purchase a stroller or dog bib and otherwise participate in the race.  

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. 


Packet pickup will be held at Pivot Brewing (1400 Delaware Ave, Lexington, KY).

Packet Pick Up Day 1: Tuesday November 21, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Packet Pick Up Day 2:  Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration is available at packet pickup.

Can't make it to packet pickup? 

For the in person event we'll also have race day packet pickup starting at 7:30 AM. We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on one of the two packet pickup dates noted above if possible. If you choose race day pickup, please make sure to arrive at least one hour early to avoid traffic and parking delays. 

For the virtual race, there is a mailing option during registration. Because we receive shirts close to the race date and shipping is always busier close to the holidays, mailed packets may not arrive until after Nov. 23.


Because we donate all proceeds to charity, there are no refunds, no exceptions. Thank you for supporting your local non-profits!


The Thoroughbred Classic is presented by Bluegrass Runners ( and will be chip timed by BlueGrass Timing (BlueGrass Timing).
For a course map, race start/finish, parking, FAQs, and other more specific information, please check out our race website.

Thank you for your support!

Your Bluegrass Runners Race Director Team

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Virtual race
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23 Nov, 2023 (Thu) - 09:00
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