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Expect July 4 to deliver steamy Bluegrass 10,000

Racers broke from the start of the Bluegrass 10,000 in downtown Lexington on the Fourth of July last year. A field of 2,976 was entered.
Racers broke from the start of the Bluegrass 10,000 in downtown Lexington on the Fourth of July last year. A field of 2,976 was entered. palcala@herald-leader.com

You might stay dry but you’re going to be hot if you’re running in the Bluegrass 10,000 road race in downtown Lexington on the Fourth of July.

Wednesday’s 42nd edition of the 10-kilometer run is forecast to begin under sunny skies, but those who take too long to reach the finish might get soaked.

The 10K race is scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. start, with wheelchair competitors leaving from the starting line five minutes earlier. A 1-mile fun run gets started at 8 a.m.

The race-time temperature is forecast to be pushing toward 80 degrees with high humidity. Scattered thunderstorms are predicted around 10 a.m., and the temperature could soar as high as 93 later in the day.

Final registration for the race was to take place Monday night.

The 10K race begins on Main Street near Thoroughbred Park, weaves through downtown then out Richmond Road before wrapping up back downtown near the courthouse.

Former UK athlete Zack Beavin was the top finisher in a field of nearly 3,000 last year with a winning time of 31 minutes, 36 seconds.

Rochelle Sceats-Basil of Fairfax, Va., was the top female finisher in 2017, covering the 10 kilometers in 37:39 and coming in 20th overall.

Marcus Nenow set the race record of 29:14 in 1983. The female record belongs to Lydia Kosgei, who ran a 34:39 in 2015.

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