Most races have a finish line, which runners are meant to cross. Very few races have live rodeo bulls waiting for runners as they approach the finish line.
But that will be the case on Saturday during the Rodeo Run 5K, hosted by Lexington Rodeo, as runners will run through the Kentucky Horse Park, around the Man O' War Memorial and finish up at the Alltech Arena, where they will pass by the rodeo bulls during their run.
"How many other races do you actually finish with bucking bulls," Lexington Rodeo chairman Ken Wooden said.
This is the first year the organization has held this event, which Wooden said will "encompass the whole weekend."
Friday and Saturday evenings will feature live rodeo competitions, in which professional contestants will be competing to earn points for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Wooden called the event "one of the top rodeos in the state," noting that it was the second highest paying in Kentucky with a purse of $28,000.
The rodeos will feature traditional rough stock and timed events like bronco riding, bull riding and tie-down roping.
The 5K on Saturday morning will be broken into 14 categories based on age and will be broadcast on the large television in Alltech Arena. Contestants are encouraged to wear costumes and can enter as an individual or as a "stampede team" or "herd team," where teams of three to 10 contestants are actually tied together like a team or horses.
At the same time there will be a one-mile Run-Walk for attendants who prefer a less strenuous experience.
Wooden called rodeo "the original extreme sport" and said that it is at the same time "the fastest growing extreme sport in the country."
He said the reason rodeos have surged in popularity in recent years is because Americans like to celebrate the cowboy culture.
"They appreciate the cowboy lifestyle," said Wooden, who mentioned the rugged individualist nature of the heroes of the old American West. "They had their own code of how to interact; they had to, to be able to survive."
Along with celebrating the cowboy culture, Wooden said the Lexington Rodeo is also celebrating the Lexington Rotary Club, which he said is the 21st-largest Rotary Club in the world, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Lexington Rodeo raises money for the Rotary Club, and Wooden pointed out that all money raised this weekend will be going back into the community.
"We're going to make everything first class, because Lexington deserves no less than the best rodeo in the world," Wooden said. "This is horse country, after all."