For the first time in the Bluegrass 10,000’s 41-year history, the race will feature a team competition.
“We think that teams are really a great way for people to encourage their friends to join to make it more of a social event,” race director Michelle Franzetti said.
Teams must be made of up at least five members, but are not limited to that number.
As of Friday afternoon, 79 teams had signed up with at least 15 of those teams having double-digit members.
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The five fastest runners’ times per team will be combined for its cumulative time, and the team with the fast cumulative time will win overall.
If the competitive aspect is not enough to sell runners on joining a team, there’s an incentive to take part in the team competition.
“We also offer a registration discount for teams to encourage people to sign up in that fashion,” Franzetti said.
Registration for the Bluegrass 10,000 costs $35, but runners who join a team only have to pay $25 to run the race.
While the discount has been a big influence on runners signing up with teams, Bob Baney, the official race timer of the Bluegrass 10,000, said participants are looking forward to the team competition.
“There will be tens of thousands of pictures that will be taken and shared at the Bluegrass 10,000 and I think the whole team thing — some will probably create their own jersey or shirt to wear together.It’s just a way to build camaraderie and tie into the social aspect of running,” Baney said.
One squad signed up for the race is the West Sixth Run Club team. It has more than 30 members signed up, ranging from age 9 to 52.
79Number of teams signed up for the Bluegrass 10,000 as of Friday afternoon.
While they’ll be competing against other teams, the West Sixth Run Club’s Jodi Shoup is looking forward to spending time with her teammates.
“We’ll wear ‘West Sixth’ shirts or something, and no matter what race it’s been — even if the people don’t know you, you’ll have a lot of people yelling, ‘yeah, go West Sixth!’” Shoup said. “So many of us see each other on a weekly basis, so it’s a fun way to socialize.”
While the team competition is meant to promote socializing, it’s also meant to promote competing, which Melody Marshall, a member of the John’s Striders team, thinks it will do.
“Some of these (road races) are training runs, some of these are races and I think it’s (team competition) going to turn it more into a race,” Melody Marshall said. “You’re going to want your team to win.”
Baney said 2,500 runners have already signed up for the Bluegrass 10,000 as of Friday afternoon, with 500 of those linked to a team.
With a fifth of the field racing on a team, the event could be a bit more competitive than it has in the past.
Registration for the race closes at midnight Sunday, and Baney expects the final tally of runners to be near 3,000.
Chris Leach: 859-231-1326, @chrisleach250
Registration for the Bluegrass 10k
Price: $35 ($25 if you sign up with a team)
Deadline: Sunday at midnight
Packet pickup: Monday, July 3 from noon-6 p.m. at Dunbar Community Center
Race start times
7:28 a.m.: Push Rim-Wheelchair/Hand-Cranked Wheelchair Start
7:30 a.m.: Runner/Walker Start
8 a.m.: Fun Run Start at Short Street