The Go Big Blue 4 Miler presented by Kroger Simple Truth will return this fall, with the second edition of the popular race to take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Once again, the race will begin and end at Kroger Field and take participants through various athletic facilities on south campus.
Registration is open now to the general public – both runners and walkers – at UKathletics.com/4miler for $25 for all participants who register before Sept. 1. Registration for the general public will be $30 after Sept. 1. Those who cannot attend can sign up as virtual runners/walkers for $30. University of Kentucky students and employees can register for just $20, while children can participate in the Junior Wildcat Club Kids Race – an untimed dash – for $15.
All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt for participating in the chip-timed race. Overall top finishers and age group winners of the Go Big Blue 4 Miler will receive prizes. The top men’s finisher and top women’s finisher will each receive $150 Kroger gift cards, while second-place finishers will each receive $100 Kroger gift cards and third-place finishers will receive $50 Kroger gift cards. The top three men’s and women’s finishers as well as age group winners will also receive two complimentary tickets to Kentucky football’s home game vs. Vanderbilt on Oct. 20 and two complimentary tickets to the men’s basketball exhibition game vs. IUP on Nov. 2. Overall and age group winners will receive medals recognizing their finishes as well.
The Go Big Blue 4 Miler will begin outside Kroger Field, with runners proceeding through the practice fields at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility and the new Kentucky baseball stadium. Participants will then move through the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex and John Cropp Stadium before going across campus through the Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility. The race will finish at one goal line at Kroger Field.
UK Athletics Hall of Famer Jared Lorenzen will participate in the race in conjunction with Now Lets Get Fit, a foundation committed to bringing the importance of a healthy lifestyle into every home in the world and informing communities of the health risks and higher costs of living associated with obesity. Following the Go Big Blue 4 Miler, Now Lets Get Fit will hold a fitness boot camp.
Lorenzen is set to be the subject of a documentary series called the “Jared Lorenzen Project”, which will follow his journey to overcome obesity and inspire people of Kentucky in the process. The series will debut this fall. You can follow Jared and his mission on his Facebook page.
The inaugural Go Big 4 Miler took place in April, with hundreds of runners and walkers participating the morning of Kentucky football’s Blue-White Spring Game. The race in October will be held the morning of UK’s football game at Texas A&M.
The Go Big Blue 4 Miler presented by Kroger Simple Truth is an outgrowth of the ongoing comprehensive partnership between UK and Kroger announced last year. Along with the Kroger Community Fields Program, the race is part of the community outreach effort UK and Kroger are making as part of the agreement. Both UK Athletics and Kroger will have active presences at the race.