Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana, Sept. 28
By Jen Schmits Thomas
On behalf of the Mill Race Marathon
Some would say that trying to see all of Columbus’ cutting-edge, forward-thinking architecture and public art is like running a marathon. The inaugural Mill Race Marathon will put some truth to that observation, offering runners a 26.2-mile, USATF-sanctioned route through Columbus that will pass by some of the city’s most notable attractions.
For runners looking for a shorter tour, the inaugural Mill Race Marathon on Sept. 28, 2013, includes not only a full marathon, but also a half-marathon and a 5K race. In addition, the festive atmosphere surrounding the running and walking events will make it an exceptional time to visit.
“The Mill Race Marathon is another great reason to visit Columbus,” said Lynn Lucas, executive director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center. “And we know some of the runners from out of town will be staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, touring Miller House, shopping and more.”
Downtown Columbus will be festive all weekend. On Friday night, most restaurants will offer high-carbohydrate food specials, and live bands will be playing on an
outdoor stage while thrill seekers will be high above the crowd on ziplines.
On Saturday, the Finish on 4th Afterparty will liven up downtown from noon to 11 p.m., with an entertainment district featuring more live music, a beer tent, food,
crafts, more ziplining, plus a bungee jump, huge rock climbing wall and kids’ activities. At 3 p.m., one lucky marathon or half-marathon finisher will win a random drawing for a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck powered by a Cummins turbo diesel engine.
The Mill Race Marathon will be sanctioned by United States Track and Field (USATF) and serve as a certified Boston Marathon qualification course. It’s sponsored by
Cummins Inc., MainSource Bank and Columbus Regional Health to benefit the Columbus Park Foundation and Healthy Communities.
Inaugural Mill Race Marathon
Sept. 28, 2013, 8 a.m. marathon and half-marathon start
Downtown Columbus (45 minutes south of Indianapolis; 75 minutes north of Louisville; and 90 minutes west of Cincinnati)
Festival is free. Run registration ranges from $18 for the 5K to $70
for the marathon
Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.