First annual Kenwick Derby marathon kicks off on Derby Day

Posted at 2:53 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 18:31:06-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — For Lexington runner, Tom Butler, staying inside on Derby Day was not an option.

After the Derby was postponed, he decided to come up with his event: run a marathon around his Kenwick neighborhood.

In total, Butler estimated a full marathon equals 47 laps around the block.

His neighbor, David Noble, wanted to get the neighborhood involved, so he invited everyone to come out and cheer Butler on.

"I think everybody is just kind of stuck at home right now and there's not a lot going on," Noble said. "There are no sports on the TV so we thought it'd be fun for the community to come out and have something to watch from a safe distance."

A group of neighbors joined Butler at the starting line at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, shaking homemade noisemakers and sporting homemade Derby hats.

"I think people are eager to do stuff as a community since we are having trouble doing that now, and this is the best we could do!" Butler said.

The event was also a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief. So far, they have raised $1,400.