Ditch those snow boots and strap on your running shoes. We’ve got your guide to fun fitness events that will get the whole family moving this spring.
Big Ten Hoops Day 5K
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Downtown Indianapolis
Date: Saturday, March 12
Events: Competitive and Non-Competitive 5Ks
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Competitive runners, casual runners, walkers and those pushing strollers are all welcome at this basketball-inspired event. Don’t forget to wear the colors of your favorite Big Ten School!
2016 Great North Run & Fitness Fair
Location: North Central High School campus and surrounding neighborhoods
Events: 10K, 5K, Fun Run
Start time: 10K, 9:00 a.m.; 5K, 9:20 a.m.; Fun Run, 9:25 a.m.
Register your whole family for the event of their choice for just $50. A portion of your entry fee directly benefits the Washington Township school of your choice.
NCAA Women’s Final Four Bounce Fueled by Powerade.
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Date: Saturday, April 2
Start Time: 1:30 p.m.
Youth ages 18 and under receive a free t-shirt and basketball and then dribble their way down Georgia Street, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse to Tourney Town™. This event is FREE but registration is required.
Carmel Marathon Weekend
Location: Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, Carmel
Date: Saturday, April 16
Events: marathon, half marathon, Horizon Bank 8K and Carmel 5K
Start Time: 7:30 a.m., all events
All events are walker-friendly. Participants must be 12 on race day to register for the Carmel Half Marathon; 16 to register for the Carmel Marathon; no age minimums for the Horizon Bank 8K or Carmel 5K, but youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers welcome at Horizon Bank 8K and Carmel 5K.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Location: Military Park, downtown Indianapolis
Date: Saturday, April 16
Events: 5K timed competitive run, 5K non-competitive run/walk, one-mile family walk, Kids’ Dash
Start Time: Kids’ Dash, 8:40 a.m.; competitive 5K, 9 a.m.; non-competitive 5k/walk, 9:10 a.m.; one-mile family walk, 9:20 a.m.
There is something for the whole family at this event, including a 100-yard dash for children ages 2 through 8. One hundred percent of the net proceeds support the mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment.
5k Family Fun Run to benefit Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
Location: Butler University Health & Recreation Complex, Indianapolis
Date: Saturday, April 23
Events: 5K and FREE Kids Race
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
This event is fun for all ages, including a DJ, games, face painting and more. There will be a race for children 4 and under and another for children ages 5-9 years.
Noblesville Mini Marathon
Location: Hare Chevrolet Field, Noblesville
Date: Saturday, May 28
Events: Half marathon, 10K, 5K, Kiddie Run
Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
Runners and walkers will enjoy a scenic tour of beautiful Noblesville! There are events for runners of all abilities, including The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville Kiddie Run, which is open to ages 9 and under. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
2016 March for Babies Walk
Date: Saturday, May 14
Location: White River State Park, downtown Indianapolis
Events: Family-friendly walk
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
In addition to the walk, families can enjoy food and games as they help raise awareness. Registration is free, but participants are asked to make a personal donation and/or fundraise. Proceeds support the March of Dimes mission to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.