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Thousands of runners lace up for 35th annual 'A Midsummer Night's Run'

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Posted at 10:36 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 06:35:06-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thousands of runners laced up for the 35th annual A Midsummer Night’s Run in downtown Lexington on Saturday night.

LEX 18 is a proud sponsor of the event, and anchor Kevin Christopher was one of the emcees.

"It's a unique race. I mean, it's in the evening, weather is great, it’s a good time to be in downtown Lexington,” said runner Baron Gibson.

While it was Gibson’s first time running this race, others like Bill Bond are a little more experienced.

Bond has ran in the 5K every single year.

“My wife and I did the first race together 35 years ago, we got married at that time and we are doing the 35th race together now so it's been a nice ride for 35 years,” said Bond.

But the 5k wasn't the only event; there was also a one mile fun walk and the "fastest kid in town" races.

In fact, co-emcee Langston Jackson was a former winner of the kids races.

Jackson's career has sky-rocketed since winning those sprints in elementary school. He won state in the 100 meter dash for Henry Clay High School, and in a few short weeks he will head to UK to continue his running career.

“I've accomplished so much since this race, and seeing it grow through the years and this is where I started. It just means a lot and now I’m moving on to the next journey in my life,” said Jackson.

Race donations will go to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation's Yes Ma'mm program which provides free mammograms and other testing to uninsured or under insured patients across Kentucky.