As runners ourselves, We are committed to realizing the full potential of Central Kentucky’s run/walk community. We strive to achieve maximum participation in the sport and to produce unique, inspiring races. Our ultimate goal is to increase the health and well-being of our community.


Make running accessible

Make running community focused

Make running a tool of sustainability



John’s Bluegrass Racing Company is the race management division of John’s Run/Walk Shop- Central Kentucky’s Running Store since 1978. Because the area was severely lacking in race opportunities, John’s Run/Walk Shop began the Iron Horse Half Marathon in 2010 out of a desire to offer customers a quality, local race. Over the years, the Central Kentucky race calendar has ballooned into an overly-crowded space, leaving runners guessing at what events will offer a quality race and enjoyable experience. Building off the success of the long-standing Iron Horse Half Marathon, John’s Bluegrass Racing Company was born out of a desire to produce top-notch races with consistent quality. Learn more about out event philosophy here.