Lexington Health and Outdoors News and Events – August 2020

Lexington Health and Outdoors News and Events – August 2020

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Lexington Health and Outdoors News and Events for August 2020

YMCA and UK HealthCare launch new fitness initiative

YMCA of Central Kentucky has teamed up with UK HealthCare to bring The Keeneland Gatepost Gallop, a new fitness initiative across to encourage an active lifestyle and togetherness for families.

Beginning on August 1 through the end of the month, simply log your family’s mileage—whether that be a walk, run, bike or scooter from the comfort of your own neighborhood—and email your tracking sheet to Keeneland to show how far you traveled.

Participants are encouraged to log five miles per week and Keeneland will donate $1 per mile completed to local charities or groups whose event at Keeneland has been cancelled this year.

All Gatepost Gallop participants will receive a sticker, finisher’s certificate, and medal. Adults will receive a hat from the Keeneland Shop and children will receive a Kids Club Water bottle! Medals will be distributed at the end of the program.


Go outdoors with Lexington, KY Parks & Recreation 

A one-hour Outdoor Skills class is offered at McConnell Springs Park on Saturday, August 8 at 8 am.

Start your morning with Sunrise Archery at Hisle Farm Park on Saturday, August 8 at 10 am. Participants are required to bring their own equipment. No registration is required.

Tiny Tot Naturalist is designed for Pre-K adventurers who are ready to learn about nature, create crafts, and explore the park. Celebrate Pollinators on Wednesday, August 12 at 11 am.

Junior Naturalist is designed for adventurers K-5th grade who are ready to learn about nature, create crafts, and explore McConnell Springs Park on Saturday, August 15 at 10 am and 2 pm.

Weekend Workout at McConnell Springs Park on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am is an opportunity to help clean the park and maintain the trails. All tools are provided and attendees are asked to arrive in comfortable outdoor attire. 


Town Branch Park joins High Line Network

Town Branch Park is one of the new members of the High Line Network, a community of nonprofit infrastructure reuse leaders. Members of High Line Network are committed to building equitable spaces for their communities.


Progress on downtown trails 

Trail plans are finalizing and work continues on TownBranch Commons trail, Legacy Trail and Town Branch Trail throughout downtown. Construction will complete 22 miles of uninterrupted trails with a 5.5-mile loop downtown and plans to tripe the number of trees along Vine Street and Midland Avenue.



This year’s Midsummer Night’s Run has gone virtual. Run or walk the 5K, or 1 Miler/Fastest Kid Dash, on your own schedule before Saturday, August 8.

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Run, walk or hike the America’s Heroes Virtual 5K/10K/13.1 (either as one run/walk or in segments) until Sunday, August 23 and earn a super commemorative finisher’s medal as well as a cool, comfortable performance shirt and digital bib.

The Big Lex 4 Miler originally scheduled for Saturday, May 23 was postponed to Saturday, August 29 at 8 am at Keeneland.

Starting on Friday, August 28, run the virtual Cabernet Canter Cross Country 5k/10k and receive a wine tasting from Talon Winery. Participants receive a shirt, custom wine glass, and three wine tasting tickets to use at Talon Winery. Run your virtual race any time through Monday, September 7.

Christ The King’s OktoberDash Race is virtual this year. Choose to complete a 5k or 1/2 Marathon in a day or over the course of a few days, solo or with friends and family through Saturday, September 12.



This article also appears on page 15 of the August 2020 print edition of Ace Weekly.

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