Event Fee = $775

Team Captain Registration - Deposit - Friday Only

$275 05/19 5:00AM EDT - 8:00PM EDT Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
Event Fee = $775

Team Captain Registration - Deposit - Saturday Only

$275 05/20 5:00AM EDT - 8:00PM EDT Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
Event Fee = $1,450

Team Captain Registration - Deposit - Friday & Saturday

$550 05/19 - 05/20 5:00AM EDT - 8:00PM EDT Registration ends March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
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Team Member Registration

$0 05/19 - 05/20 5:00AM EDT - 8:00PM EDT Price increases after May 5, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

The Bourbon Trail™ Relay promises to be the best of its kind, uniting the founders of The Bourbon Chase and the Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay with one common purpose - deliver an unparalleled running experience for our participants! 

In partnership with the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Bourbon Trail™ Relay celebrates the best the Bluegrass State has to offer, treating runners to gorgeous horse farms, rolling countryside, and world-famous distilleries.  

The event consists of two separate, one-day running relays held on consecutive days, each with a unique course and different bourbon distilleries. Teams can run either day or both. 

The Events

Friday, May 19th - Oak & Amber Course - Bardstown area

Saturday, May 20th - Bluegrass Course - Central Kentucky area

Each day, the first group of teams starts the relay around 5:00 am. Over the next few hours, waves of additional teams depart on their adventure, staggered by estimated running pace.  Each team consists of three to six runners who split 12 legs ranging from 3 - 9 miles. Each team provides their own race vehicle to drop off and pick up runners at designated transition areas along the course route. Teams arrive at the finish line between 3:00-8:00 pm for a celebration including music, food, and - of course - Kentucky bourbon.  Final course routes and participating distilleries will be announced in the summer of 2022. 

Rare Bottle Bourbon Lottery

You can run a race anywhere, but what makes the Bourbon Trail Relay unforgettable? You guessed it – that sweet, amber nectar we call Kentucky Bourbon. Relay participants are treated to exclusive perks such as unique access to historic landmarks, behind-the-scenes distillery experiences, and some really delicious whiskeys. 

We are thrilled to announce that we have worked with many of our partnering distilleries to bring you exclusive access to these unique and hard-to-find bottles!  All captains registered by December 31, 2022, are automatically entered for a chance to win an opportunity to purchase one of these limited-production bourbons. Typically, lotteries for these special release bottles often attract hundreds of thousands of entries; however, as a registered captain of the Bourbon Trail Relay – your odds of winning just increased exponentially. Click here for more information!

Team Fees

The event fee, covering standard race goodies like race shirt and finishing medal, also includes distinctively Kentucky treats such as a welcome reception and a bourbon tasting at the finish line celebration, is $775 per team for one day and $1,450 per team for both days. All team captains are required to pay a deposit of $275 per event at initial registration and have the option to pay the entire fee. Teams that pay only the deposit must pay the remainder of the event fee by midnight on February 19, 2023.  Teams with unpaid fees on February 20, 2023, will forfeit their spot in the race and their non-refundable deposit. Team rosters must be finalized by April 15, 2023. Please be aware that KY Sales Tax and a 5% processing fee are added to online payments.

Team Volunteers

Team volunteers are not required for local teams. Teams that do provide a volunteer will be given a $50 credit towards official merchandise or future Bourbon Trail™ Relay events. 

Age Requirements

All runners must be 21 years old or older to participate. 

Team Name & Members

Be creative and classy! Your team name appears in many public places, so make sure it would make your momma proud. (Teams with names that are deemed inappropriate by relay management will be asked to submit new names.)  You will submit your team name during registration, but it can be changed until March 19, 2023. All team members will be required to join your team online and will be invited to join by their team captain. 

Team Categories

Ultra Male (3 runners, 1-3 males)
Ultra Female (3 runners, all female)
Open Co-ed (minimum of 2 females)
Open Male ( all-male team or all males plus 1 female)
Open Female (all females)
Masters Male (all-male team or all males plus 1 female, all members 40+)
Masters Female (all females, all members 40+)
Masters Co-ed (minimum of 2 females, all members 40+)
*Team categories will be chosen during registration, but they can be changed until race weekend.

Team Captain

Each team will have a team captain that will be responsible for registering the team and meeting all team deadlines. We will provide regular race information and updates for the team captain on our website and through monthly email newsletters. Team captainship can be transferred at any point to another person. Captain transfers should be made by emailing

Team Pace

In order to make it to the post-race party before nightfall, an average team pace of 11:00 minutes per mile or faster is required to participate.  Not everyone on the team has to run at this pace, but your total average must not be slower.  If you have slower team members, you also need equally faster ones to keep your team on track. Team captains estimate a team pace when they register their team with an average min/mile pace for all runners on the entire course. Final team pace estimates are due on April 15, 2023.  Online pace calculators will be available to assist captains in this estimate.


This is a rain or shine event. The race director has the right to change the course or change the event in case of inclement weather or road restrictions. 

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