COLUMBUS, Ind. – The countdown is on for Columbus's 2nd annual Mill Race Marathon. The race is set to take place in Columbus Ind. on Sept. 27, 2014. In partnership with the city of Columbus the race is powered by Cummins along with main sponsors, MainSource Bank and Columbus Regional Health.
"Last year’s inaugural race was an overwhelming success. We found we could broaden the appeal and commitment to healthy lifestyles by engaging the community. With nearly 4,500 participants and many more spectators in 2013, we are hoping to make this year even larger," said Laura Chasse, Cummins Inc.
"On behalf of all the sponsors, we are excited to be a part of something that brings the entire
community together for the second year in a row," concluded Chasse.
With less than 110 days left until this year's race, there are many exciting changes to announce from last year's race. A significant change from last year is the location of the start/finish. The new start/finish line has been moved to Washington Street. This year the food and refreshments for runners at water stations and the finish line have been improved. Also once runners cross the finish line, they can head over to the "Finish on Fourth Street" after- race party and celebration kicking off at 11 a.m.
Runners competing in the half or full marathon will be eligible to enter to win a Cummins-powered 2014 Dodge RAM 2500 Heavy Duty Truck. This year's sponsor of the 5K, SIHO Insurance Services, will be giving away $5,000 in fitness equipment to top finishers of the 5K race. Cash prizes and gift cards will be given to the top finishers of each race.
The Mill Race Marathon serves as a qualifier for the BostonMarathon and is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF).The marathon, half-marathon, and 5K courses cover the flat scenic areas of Columbus.All proceeds will benefit the Healthy Communities and Columbus Park Foundation.
"SIHO Insurance Services is very pleased to be the sponsor of the 5K. Our involvement with the 5K is very intentional as the spirit of this particular race is not about competitive running, it is about personal health and fitness and most of all fun," said Marc Rothbart, SIHO Sr. Vice President.
Many activities are being held prior to the race including the Health and Fitness Expo as well as the Kids Fun Run. The Expo will take place on Friday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Race participants should come to pick up their race day packets as well as enjoy guest speakers and check out the numerous booths.
"As the health leader in our community, the Mill Race Marathon is a perfect fit with our mission and values. Columbus Regional Health is pleased and proud to be a sponsor of this marathon that certainly has its origins in health and fitness. It has been exciting to see more people getting active through walking and running programs to prepare for this community event," said Jim Bickel, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Regional Health.
The Kids Fun Run takes place the night before the big race on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Mill Race Park. The Fun Run is sponsored by MainSource Bank and Reach Healthy Communities. "We were really pleased with how well everything went last year and we are excited about the plans we have to make this year's event even better," stated Charlie Farber, Market President for MainSource Bank.
Registration is open online at the new website, MillRaceMarathon.com. More details about the race, maps, training program, volunteer positions, schedule and much more are also available on the website.