Charity Applications

Bluegrass Runners believes runners can change the world! Each Thanksgiving we produce the Thoroughbred Classic, a 5K road run/walk at Keeneland Race Course. Virtually all the net proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities. In a typical year, BGR chooses 5-7 charity beneficiaries and total donations range from $30,000 to $40,000. This event, and the funds raised, are only possible through the volunteer support of our charity beneficiaries.

To be considered as a charity beneficiary, your organization must commit to provide volunteers to help with packet pick up from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm on November 21 and 22, 2023 (shifts are 3 hours) and for a variety of race day jobs from 6 am to 12:30 pm on November 23, 2023 (shifts vary from 1 to 3 hours). Volunteers must be available for race day for an application to be considered – it takes at least 70 volunteers to put on a successful race!

If your organization would like to be considered as a charity partner, please complete the following application and send it to by January 31, 2023.