Active Indy Tours: Urban Exploration at a Human Pace
Jul 01, 2012 06:01PM
By Beth Davis
A longtime Indianapolis resident, Nathan Smurdon spent his childhood cutting through yards, skipping through parks, and running down back alleys to get where he needed to go, discovering “really cool” places along the way. He was an active kid and by fifth grade had discovered a real passion for running—eventually competing in cross-country and track throughout high school and college.
After spending the last decade working for the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, where he thrived on showing people the places that make Indianapolis unique and sharing fun facts and history about the 11th largest city in the country, he decided to combine his passion for living a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle along with his love of Indianapolis to create ActiveIndy, a group that takes people on the only daily, guided tours of the city via walking, running and biking. These urban explorations are conducted at a casual pace that allows participants to experience the essence of what makes the city unique.
“An ActiveIndy tour takes us back to remembering what it’s like to be a kid, discovering this awesome palette of really neat places,” says Smurdon. “Together, we’ll encounter unique buildings, art installations, historic homes and additional surprises in the urban environment.”
The idea, he says, is to simply be active and see Indy. “Being active and fit has so many benefits—physically and mentally. We want to encourage people to get moving and we do it in a way that opens people’s eyes to what they are capable of—before they know it they have walked two miles or biked 12 miles.” An added bonus: it helps guests develop a stronger connection and a greater appreciation for the beautiful city.