Recent sunny days provide a happy reminder that spring is almost here in Central Indiana! After months of cold, wet weather, it's time to enjoy nature and really appreciate the season change.

Engaging in outdoor physical activities is a great way to do this!

I'm excited to switch up my treadmill routine to walking in the fresh air. This past weekend my family and I decided to explore some local trails. After enjoying this fun, family activity together while getting exercise, I realized we haven't participated in a run/walk event since last summer.Copy of Park2Park Relay Runner

I checked into upcoming events and found that Hendricks County offers many events for runners/walkers of all ages and athletic abilities! Run/walk events provide the perfect opportunity to stay fit and healthy, have fun with family and friends, experience our beautiful trails and parks and give back to the community. 

Here is a list of Hendricks County run/walk events through April. If you are looking ahead to summer and fall events, be sure to check out our Events Calendar!

Plainfield Spring Fling 10K & 5K

When: Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m.

Where: Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield

Details: This is the second of three events in the Plainfield Parks Run/Walk Series. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are welcome to enjoy the Plainfield trails system.

It's perfect for those training for a half or full marathon taking place in May. Since the Spring Fling occurs two months before the big races, it's a good indicator of whether or not your goals are on target.

 

Tomahawk Trail Run 8K

Runners having fun at the Tomahawk Trail Run!

When: Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m.

Where: Blanton House Retreat & Conference Center, 625 Washington St., Danville

Details: The Tomahawk Trail Run/Walk in Blanton Woods is back! Runners/Walkers will love exploring the trails with the added challenge of hills and rough terrain.

 

No Luck Irish Run Half Marathon & 5K

When: Sunday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.-Kids 1/4 mile dash, 8:45 a.m.-Half Marathon, 8:55 a.m.-5K

Where: The Shops at Perry Crossing Town Square, 2499 Perry Crossing Way, Plainfield

Details: Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations early and join fellow walkers/runners for this fun event!

Dress up in your favorite crazy leprechaun outfit and run/walk the streets of Plainfield with all the other leprechauns. New this year is USATF-certified courses for the  5K and Half Marathon.

The course is flat, so the routes will race fast. Lots of cool swag for this year's participants, including a finisher beer!

 

Trot the Trail 5K & 10-MilerRunners

When: Saturday, April 11, 8:15 a.m.-10 miler, 8:25 a.m.- 5K

Where: Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield

Details: This is the last event in the Plainfield Parks Run/Walk Series, providing the last chance to check out the Plainfield trails system.

The 10-miler is ideal for those training for a half or full marathons as it's about a month out from May.

 

2020 Running of the Bulldogs 5K

When: Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m.

Where: Roark Stadium, Brownsburg High School, 1000 S. Odell St., Brownsburg

Details: Help support the Brownsburg Middle and High School band, guard and orchestra programs! This flat and fast course allows for all ages and skill levels!

Student music groups will perform at several locations throughout the course.

 

Keys for Kindness 5K

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m.

Where: Washington Township Park, 435 Whipple Lane, Avon

Details: Carpenter Realtors presents this event that supports local charities. Runners/walkers will enjoy the scenic views at the gorgeous Washington Township Park.