Races/Marathons for Summer 2013

I moved back to Fort Wayne just before Thanksgiving of last year to an apartment on the North side of town. And nearly everyday I drive past the Parkview Family YMCA off of Dupont Road and its scenic walking trail that encircles a pond, playground, field, and Solomon Farm Park within its 1.68 mile circumference. In the months following my return I saw the dedicated few bear through the bitter winter season to emblaze the trail in all its tempting treasures. I admired them from afar as I nuzzled my rear into the seat warmers of my car and sipped on a hot cup of Joe wishing I had the guts to slip off the insulated boots and strap on the cross-trainers, but ultimately knowing…I didn’t. Then, two weeks ago the sun came out, the thermometer hit 70, and the YMCA trail was bustling with roller bladers, dog walkers, runners, and stroller pushers. Like in the Wizard of Oz after Dorothy lands in Munchkin Land and all the munchkins emerge from their nooks and crannies to explore the new world void of the Wicked Witch. Fort Wayne is abuzz with spring fever and ready to stretch its legs. If you too share in this urge to get your heart pumping in the sunshine then let’s make the most of our hot season! We’ve been waiting all winter so let’s not let this beautiful Indiana summer pass us by before the leaves start to change again. Here are some great marathons for walkers and runners alike to take advantage of—the perfect way to spend time with family, mingle in the fresh air, and burn some calories all for the sake of a good cause in promoting health and fitness!


The Frontier Run ‘n Fun 10K & 5K

Location: The Frontier General Office, 8001 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Date: May 18th, 10 a.m.

Price: $25 before 4/15, $35 after 4/15


3rd Annual Hare & Hounds 5K XC Race

Location: New Haven Semi State Course at the Plex North

Date: June 8th, 9 a.m. for Kid’s Race, 9:30 a.m. for Adult Individual/Group Races

Price: Kids $5-10, Adults $20-25

*European style race that features barrels of hay to jump over


Father’s Day Trail Run

Location: 8790 Union Chapel Road

Date: June 16th, 8:30 a.m.

Price: $20-22

*Part of fee goes toward Allen County Parks Dept.

*Cool down after the race by jumping in the lake at the finish line!


Cross Connections C3 5K

Location: Concordia’s Theological Seminary

Date: June 29th, 9 a.m.

Price: $20

*Benefits go to Cross Connections Counseling, Inc.


Runners on Parade 5K presented by Fort Wayne Orthopaedics

Location: Calhoun Street

Date: July 14th, 8 a.m.

Price: $13-25

*$1000 prize money!!


The Color Run

Location: Parkview Field

Date: July 27th, 9 a.m.

Price: $35-50

*White tee required for runner (you will get color blasted)!

*Last year it raised donations for 60 local and national charities


Color Me Rad

Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Date: August 24th, 8 a.m.

Price: $30-50

*Again, you will get color blasted

*Donations go to Special Olympics


Author: Stacey Root

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