Since 2012 (we started with zero in 2010), LeXenomics has helped bring nearly $3,000,000.00 of new, non-local money into our Bluegrass ecosystem of businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and artists.

Our foundational belief is that a better-connected community enables a new 21st century economy to thrive. Therefore, each of our projects is designed first to connect, then to brand, then ultimately to fund new, awesome ideas.

To build a new, robust 21st century economy, a community must first connect its people and resources, then brand itself internally and externally, then ultimately fund new ideas. A belief we design and build all of our projects around.

By hosting Lexington's RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon each spring at historic Keeneland Race Course, we are able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from outside guests (half of our runners travel in from outside of Kentucky) to reinvest back into Bluegrass area entrepreneurs, businesses, artists and fellow non-profits.

The total, direct economic impact of RunTheBluegrass is over one million dollars!

We organize all the logistics (approximately eleventy billion!) of Lexington's RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon which is wonderfully hosted at Keeneland and traverses 13.1 miles through many of Lexington's majestic Thoroughbred Farms. We handle all of the local and nationwide marketing and work to involve every single Bluegrass community member we can - donating or investing a very large percentage of the revenues back into area businesses, artists, entrepreneurs and other good non-profit organizations.

RunTheBluegrass.org

STIR

Cuisine. Bourbon.

Stirring Conversations.

A series of dinner events pairing the creations of America's greatest chefs with selected Kentucky Bourbons.

All paired with our lives' most meaningful, most stirring conversations.

StirringEventsAndConversations.com

Best of the Bluegrass

Annual Awards & Party!

Every year in late November or early December, we pay for a massive party at one of Lexington's favorite establishments, inviting the public and presenting awards to individuals who you voted the "Best of the Bluegrass" for that year!

We now give four awards each year: Most Admired Entrepreneur, Most Inspirational Non-Profit Advocate, Most Impactful Artist and The Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award.

Lesme Romero, founder of Lexington Pasta and Pasta Garage Italian Cafe, was voted 2015's Most Admired Entrepreneur

Lesme Romero, founder of Lexington Pasta and Pasta Garage Italian Cafe, was voted 2015's Most Admired Entrepreneur

Most Admired Entrepreneur

Most Inspirational Social Advocate

Most Impactful Artist

Most Encouraging Kentuckian

Most Admired Kentucky-Bred! (New this year!)

2015 Most Admired Entrepreneur: Lesme Romero, Lexington Pasta Garage and Italian Cafe

2015 Most Inspirational Social Advocate: Darlene Thomas, Greenhouse 17

2015 Most Impactful Artist: Enrique Gonzalez

2015 Most Encouraging Kentuckian: Bob Baney, 3 Way Racing

2014 Most Encouraging Kentuckian: Liz Davenport, A Running Start

2013 Most Encouraging Kentuckian: Chris Ortiz and Salvador Sanchez, Founders of Cup of Common Wealth Coffee

2012 Most Encouraging Kentuckian: Russell County, Kentucky's Sarah Roberts Hart Family

2011 Most Encouraging Kentuckian: Ernie Peel, John's Striders

DreamFuel

Lighting Your Dreams On Fire

Because new innovations and ideas often need either capital or connections to customers, or both, we aim to provide both to aspiring Kentucky entrepreneurs through our DreamFuel grant project. In 2014, we granted $12,500 to new ventures getting off the ground around our Commonwealth and for 2015 we have $15,000 earmarked for investments!

 

Recently Funded DreamFuel Ventures

If you have a budding project you'd like to share with us, to see if it's a good fit, email us! EricPatrickMarr [at] LeXenomics [dot] org.

A 501(c)3 Commonwealth of Kentucky non-profit organization designed to build a stronger 21st century economy through our own unique strategies and projects, facilitating the growth of new ideas!

 

Meet our Board of Directors

Tom Little, Chair

A retired Lexmark executive, Tom now serves on our board along with several others. He runs (although pretends not to like it) and does like sleeping in, doing some volunteer work, doing projects around the house, traveling, playing with grandchildren, looking for next vacation trip, and generally enjoys his retirement!

 

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Jonathan Jewett

An Army brat as a kid, Jonathan grew up all over the world, moving every 2-3 years like clockwork until he moved to Lexington in 1988.  He quickly fell in love with Lexington and it is the hometown he always wished for growing up.  He is a graduate of George Washington University in DC, and Roosevelt University in Honolulu, HI.

He is a Business Analyst at Xerox and has worked in the software industry for 30 years.  For 6 years, he organized the company's Golden Can Food Drive effort for God's Pantry, each year surpassing the donations raised from the year before, and mopping the floor with the competition.  Using different themes each year to motivate the employees, it was a team-building exercise as well as a great result for the community.

Jonathan is a cyclist and runner and is training for his first full marathon this September while he has already completed 13 half marathons.

Midge King

Graduate of Smith College and UK's Patterson School.  She has worked in the software industry for 27 years, 20 of those spent providing exceptional support for a Court Case Management System with county, state, and international clients. 

Midge is also a runner, taking up the sport 5 years ago, and has since completed 13 half marathons (with no ambitions to run anything longer, 13.1 miles is long enough)!  Midge sees running as a great way to interact with wonderful people and loves that sense of accomplishment that comes from setting a goal and meeting that challenge!

Landra Lewis

A self-employed consultant from Berea, Kentucky, Landra is one of the most diverse and interesting people you'll ever meet! She loves "porching" with coffee or wine, writing, creating, traveling, and generally making the world a better place!

 

John Markle

John joins the Board with 36 years of International Business Experience.  John is the owner of a Promotion Company which manages vacation property. He spent 14 years with IBM as owner of the Purchase Billing System, US Audit Manager, and Manager of Business Controls. 23 years with Lexmark International as Manager of Divisional Sales & Operations, National Account Manager, Global Alliance Manager and Global Manager Pricing & Business Development.

Seen by millions in the climatic final triple crown Belmont race in the motion picture Secretariat.   

John Knox Brown

John is an engineer with Lexmark, where he has worked in numerous capacities and has enjoyed a varied and interesting career for over 34 years. He is a third generation graduate of UK (BA-CS ’81, MS-EE ’87), and a lifelong Cat fan. John is married with 2 children (now adults with their own families) and enjoys his visits with them. John volunteers as a mentor (1-1 reading), and in his church and he also enjoys framing houses, disaster relief, singing, running, golf, cooking, reading and travel. John has raced in 10Ks(3), 10 milers(3), half marathons(11), and his longest distance to date ¾ marathon(2). He is anticipating his first marathon in May 2016.

Todd Willey

The Hillbilly Hacker recently saw his bearded CEO look co-opted for reality television. But he's not mad, he focuses his energy into cloud infrastructure and community building.

Todd is a NASA Honor Award recipient, open source contributor, hackerspace founder and legend in his own mind! Todd also has a wonderful son and perfect wife!

Matthew Boyd is originally from Hodgenville, KY and is an Attorney at Boyd Law Office, PSC in Lexington. He is a Board member of the Fayette County Bar Association. He serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the LFUCG Division of Code Enforcement. He also serves on the Bluegrass Area Development District's Tourism, Historic Preservation and Recreation Committee.

Matthew graduated from Hanover College and the University of Kentucky College of Law and is the proud father of two children, Eli and Katie.


Staff

Rachel Crabtree, Assistant Director

Former Personal Trainer, lifelong healthy eating advocate, entrepreneur and workhorse, Rachel helps coordinate the quadrabazillion details that are involved with RunTheBluegrass and our other projects!

 

Eric Patrick Marr, Founder & Executive Director

Native Lexingtonian, graduate of Purdue University (BSME 1995), Race Director of RunTheBluegrass... and loudmouth on social media! ;)