Are you and your family searching for outdoor opportunities this summer to start or continue an active lifestyle? Well, look no further than Hendricks County. 

Numerous fun, family-friendly run/walk events are scheduled for July. This is also a chance to explore Hendricks County parks and/or trail systems and check out all the amenities offered.

We have two popular, annual events the morning of July 4. Start off your Independence Day celebration by joining Hendricks County residents in either the Blanton Woods 5K and 1-mile Kids Fun Run or Run 4 Freedom events. 

Blanton Woods 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun RunGet your running shoes and water bottles ready for an active July.

  • When: Tuesday, July 4. 
  • Start times: 8:30 a.m. (1 mile) and 9 a.m. (5K).
  • Where: Blanton Woods, 49 N. Wayne St., Danville.
  • Course information: The 5K course includes wooded paths, asphalt, grass, dirt and sand. The 1-mile kids fun run course consists of two loops around Ellis Park.
  • Sign up information: Hosted by Danville Parks and Recreation. Click here to sign up.

Run 4 Freedom 4 mile and 1 mile

  • When: Tuesday, July 4.
  • Start times: 8 a.m. (4 mile) and 8:05 a.m. (1 mile).
  • Where: Avon Town Hall, 6570 E. U.S. Highway 36, Avon.
  • Course information: The course consists of paved trails that run through the beautiful Avon Town Hall Park. Bring the family, the trails are dog and stroller friendly. 
  • Sign up information: A $5 discount is given to all military, first responders and their families. Sign up here

Get ready to mark your calendars, because here is the rest of the July running/walking events:

Summer Fun Run Series

Join Hendricks County residents for this popular summer run series! This casual, family friendly 5K or 1 mile offers the opportunity to explore area Summer Fun Run Series at the Al and Jan Barker Sports Complexparks while enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle. It's free, and if you participate in 8 of the 10 events, you are rewarded with a T-shirt!

  • When: Every Wednesday.
  • Start time: Anytime between 6 and 7 p.m.
  • Where: July 5 - Al and Jan Barker Sports Complex, 451 S. Vestal Road, Plainfield.
  •             July 12 - McCloud Nature Park, 8518 N. Hughes Road, North Salem.
  •             July 19 - Williams Park, 940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg.
  •             July 26 - McCloud Nature Park, 8518 N. Hughes Road, North Salem.
  • Sign up information: Click here for more details and pre-registration.

National Powwow XVII 5K Fun Run and Walk

This is just one of the many events occurring during the National Powwow in Hendricks County

  • When: Friday, July 7.
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • Where: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.
  • Course information: Paved course is ideal for all ages and abilities.
  • Sign up information: Click here to register.

Race Across Hendricks County (Team Activity Challenge)

It's simple...four Hendricks County parks, three challenges at each park, and the team with shortest amount of time wins!

  • When: Saturday, July 8.
  • Start time: 8 a.m.
  • Where: Start at one of the following Hendricks County park locations: Avon, Danville, Plainfield, or Washington Township.
  • Sign up informationClick here to begin registration and click on the appropriate link to sign up for your preferred start location.

Project Lifesaver 5K and 1 mile Run/Walk

This event promotes awareness for Project Lifesaver, which is a program that utilizes radio transmitters to track those members of the community who have a tendency to wander away from caretakers. 

  • When: Saturday, July 22.
  • Start time: 8 a.m. (5K) and 8:15 a.m. (1 mile).
  • Where: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.
  • Sign up information: Presented by Hendricks Regional Health. Register here

Make sure to check out one or all of these fun, family-friendly events to stay fit and healthy all summer long.