RunTheBluegrass, Kyle Wiltjer part of a perfect Saturday

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some days are  just fun and Saturday was one of those days.

It started with the RunTheBluegrass at Keeneland. I knew I was not ready for the half-marathon (13.1) miles on that hilly course, but I thought I could do the 7-mile run when my friend Staci Garlough asked me about running.

I got to Keeneland about 7:20 a.m. for the the 9 a.m. race and was glad I did. If I had arrived much later, the traffic to get into the parking area was way backed up. This way I set the alarm on my Verizon phone and slept an hour in the car before getting ready to run with 5,000 of my new friends.

The course was so scenic and horses were easy to spot. So were the hills. But the diversity of the runners and their personalities was a lot of fun.

And where else could you run and at about the 5-mile mark (I think) there was an aid station with beer. Just a small sip, but I thought, “Why not?”

After the race, I was in heaven. Chocolate donuts with cream filling, grilled sausage and roll, pizza and fruit along with music and all kinds of drinks.

Next if was off to Harrodsburg to Klosterman Eye Associates where former Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer had joined Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman for their radio show on FoxSports Radio 1580AM.

Mills said it was the biggest turnout ever for one of his radio show remotes and fans obviously adored Wiltjer. He signed all kinds of  UK gear and took picture after picture.

It was good to catch up with him and hear about his family, including his sister who is head to Penn to play volleyball next year.

Wiltjer will also join us on Community Trust Bank Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP (630 AM) at 10 today to talk about his autograph tour across the state the rest of this week. He’ll be in Owensboro today from 1-2:30 p.m. at Ivy Trellis Flower Shop. He’ll be at Nova Pharmacy in Pikeville from 3-5 p.m. Monday and Williamstown High School in Williamstown from 6-7 p.m.

(We also have Alex Poythress on Sunday Morning Sports today at 11).

After leaving Harrodsburg, it was off the 50th Centre Track Invitational. It had almost 1,100 athletes participating from NCAA Division I to NAIA.

What made this event special to me is that I was also at the first Centre Invitational in 1967 when I was a student at Danville High School. Still not quite sure why I went to that first one other than it was the first big track invitational in Danville.

It was kind of funny to see the reaction of several Centre students when I talked about being at the first Centre Invitational.

However, since I am now writing weekly features on Centre athletes, it was nice to see just how hard they compete and a perfect way to end my day.

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Also in case you missed these two stories at LEX18.com, check them out:

First, Derek Anderson has a message for UK fans about Rick Pitino.

http://www.lex18.com/story/31607274/vaughts-views-derek-anderson-hopes-uk-fans-dont-forget-good-things-pitino-did-for-kentucky

Next, here are a few insights on UK signee Sacha Killeya-Jones.

http://www.lex18.com/story/31584667/sacha-killeya-jones-has-upbringing-for-kentucky-to-be-right-fit-for-him

1 comment

  1. We can only Imagine, if Kyle would have been Our, (UK’s) Senior this year….playing the 2 & 3….helping inside for Poythress and outside for Willis, or visa/versa, of course…..We loved Kyle !

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