Now that January is coming to an end, are you still on track with those New Year's resolutions regarding a healthier lifestyle? One major factor in maintaining this healthier, happier you is regular physical activity throughout the year.
Training for and participating in run/walk events is an ideal way set and achieve realistic, measurable goals, enjoy a sense of camaraderie with fellow runners/walkers, and most importantly, stay fit!
Hendricks County offers run/walk events year round. I'm going to highlight the top events of 2017. They are listed in chronological order, so its simple to mark your calendars.
1. Frosty Feet 5K (Saturday, Feb. 4)
2. Spring Fling 5K and 10K (Saturday, March 4)
3. Trot the Trail 10 mile (Saturday, April 18)
This is a three-race series geared toward runners/walkers training for long distance races, such as the Mini-Marathon in May. However, these events are open to anyone, and you can register for each event individually. A training series will be offered that includes advice from run/walk experts and group runs/walks.
Registration options include individual races, all three races, training series only and all three races plus the training series. All the events will take place at the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield. Click here for registration, times, pricing, and additional information.
4. No Luck Irish Run (Sunday, March 19)
This popular event is back! Dress up like a leprechaun or wear your favorite green athletic attire and run/walk a half marathon or 5K. A kids half mile dash begins at 8:30 a.m., the half marathon at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K at 8:55 a.m.
The start/finish lines are located at the Claddaugh Irish Pub, 2499 Perry Crossing Way #150, Plainfield. After you have finished your run/walk, you will be rewarded with a free green beer and an entry into the after party at the Claddaugh Irish Pub. For registration and charity challenge ("Stop Hunger Now") information, click here.
5. Summer Fun Run Series (Early June-Mid August)
Hendricks County residents enjoy this casual, family-friendly fun run series. Every Wednesday night from early June-mid August (specific dates TBA), runners/walkers of all abilities venture to a different Hendricks County park/trail. Distance choices include a 5K and 1 mile.
In previous years and most likely this summer, you can arrive anytime between 6 and 7 p.m. An online registration system (tracks the number of events you attend) is currently in the works, so as to cut down on the lines at check in. Usually a T-shirt is awarded to those who attend at least eight events (number may vary slightly).
This is the perfect opportunity to experience Hendricks County's beautiful parks/trail systems and see all we have to offer. Specific dates/locations are coming soon to the Hendricks County Parks website.
6. Rib Run (Saturday, June 24)
The Rib Run takes place in conjunction with the Hendricks County Rib Fest at Kingsway Christian Church, 7981 E. County Road 100 North in Avon. This annual festival consists of fabulous BBQ, games, live music, a balloon glow and spectacular fireworks!
For participating in this 5K run/walk, you receive a T-shirt and $5 worth of tickets for food and drink at Rib Fest.
The 1/4 mile begins at 6 p.m. and the 5K at 6:30 p.m. Click here to register and check out additional information, including the "Sloppy Rib Run" challenge.
7. Hendricks County Half Marathon and 5K (Saturday, Sept. 9)
This event is a favorite among local residents, as well as visitors. The course begins on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville and meanders though rural areas of Danville.
Start time is 7:30 a.m. Registration information is not yet available but will be coming soon to the Town of Danville website.
8. Fall Colors Run (Late October)
This 10K/5K run/walk event is certainly one of my favorites! The course runs through the very scenic trails of McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem. Breathtaking fall foliage surrounds you as you make your way through the park.
After the event, check out the family-friendly Fall Colors Festival. It's the perfect way to spend a fall morning! Specific date, times and registration information will soon be available at the Hendricks County Parks website.
9. Hallowellness 5K Walk/Run (Saturday, Oct. 28)
Looking to celebrate Halloween in a "not so scary", healthy atmosphere? This 5K run/walk and fair is the place to be! The course runs through the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville. It's appropriate for seasoned runners as well as families and groups.
Enjoy the free, family-friendly Hallowellness fair after the 5K. The fair runs from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and consists of numerous interactive activities relating to healthy lifestyles! Registration information is not yet available.
10. Gobble Gallop 5K Run/Walk (Thursday, Nov. 23)
On Thanksgiving, everyone tends to consume many delicious extra calories. Participating in this popular, family-friendly event is the perfect way to feel less guilty about it. Join fellow runners/walkers Thanksgiving morning at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, Avon.
Registration information will be available here later in the year.
These are just a few of the many run/walk events that take place in Hendricks County throughout the year. Be sure to check our Events Calendar and my monthly blog posts for updates on current and upcoming events. Stay fit, have fun, and enjoy our wonderful parks, trails and community events.