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Enhanced Urban Trail Holds First Events

Jun 04, 2015 05:31PM

A large pedestrian-worn pathway that has been a popular cross-country running course for many years will host its first major event on a recently enhanced course. The inaugural Indiana Urban Wilderness Run will be held Saturday, June 13, on the downtown trail along with other events throughout the weekend.

The path goes alongside the White River on a mixture of single-track dirt trails, grass and a limestone surface. The course will utilize urban park space that has been created as part of an initiative called the Green Corridor Extension Project. The trail run is open to the public for all runners and walkers, including a short trail run experience for youngsters.

In addition, the Indiana Invaders will host a pair of events as part of their American Milers Club High Performance Series, which attracts some of the nation’s elite middle-distance and distance runners. This Collegiate Running Association National Championship race is open to all college students.

The race will be a quarter marathon (10.55K) and will award $6,000 in prizes to the top five male and female college students. Eskenazi Health, Indy Parks, White River State Park, Central Indiana Community Foundation and Reconnecting to Our Waterways are founding sponsors for the event. Other supporters include the American Millers Club, Indiana Invaders, Kopetsky TriAx, Blue Marble and People for Urban Progress.

“Founding this annual event with our community partners is a perfect, historic launch of our new initiative to engage elite athlete development into our unique sport role as gatekeepers of valued urban green space,” says coach Greg Harger, director of the Indiana Invaders.

Proceeds from participant fees will be directed to annual improvements of gateway spaces to the Urban Wilderness Trail in Graham Martin Park (Indy Parks) and the White River State Park.

For more information and to register for the Indiana Urban Wilderness Run, visit ActiveIndyTours.com/Events/ IndianaUrbanWildernessTrailRun. For information on the American Milers Club’s races on June 12 and 14, visit RunnerSpace.com/AmericanMilersClub.
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