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    Schools Out 5K
    Thu 23rd May
    Zionsville, IN, United States
    $20 - $75
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    Schools Out 5K

    76 S Main St, Zionsville, IN 46077, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Close your lockers, books and laptops, turn off your phones, and lace up your sneakers for a fun event benefitting a fantastic cause.

    Join our Schools Out 5K Run/1 Mile Walk to celebrate the end of another school year! This event will take place at Zionsville United Methodist Church. The 5K course will travel along the Zionsville Rail Trail and through the Cobblestone Lakes neighborhood, while the 1 mile walk will loop around the church. There will be a water station along the running course.

    All proceeds will go to The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment will fund cancer research at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. The Walther Cancer Foundation will match every gift donated to the endowment, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!

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    Run for Refugees 5K
    Sat 25th May
    Highland, IN, United States
    $30
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    Run for Refugees 5K

    Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Welcome Network is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Run for Refugees 5k Run/Walk fundraiser. This purpose of this race is to spread awareness and advocate for refugees. 100% of funds raised will go to supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Northwest Indiana as settle into their new homes.

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    Royal Mud Man 5K
    Sat 25th May
    Charlottesville, IN, United States
    $50
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    Royal Mud Man 5K

    Charlottesville, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    An exciting outdoor event which supports the Eastern Hancock Education Foundation. Bring the entire family for this fun kid-friendly mud run!

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    Foam Glow – Chicago
    Sat 25th May
    $40
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    Foam Glow – Chicago

    Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL 60433, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Walk, run or dance your way through the awesomely fun Chicago Foam Glow. Bound to be one of your favorite nights of the year as you and family and friends get blasted by colored foam along the course. Come for some craziness, some great music and to support local charities.

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    Bubble Run - Chicago
    Sat 25th May
    $40
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    Bubble Run - Chicago

    Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL 60433, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    If youve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN is like running through Willy Wonkas factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!

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    Free - $30
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    Grand Run

    Westfield, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Please join us on Memorial Day at Grand Park Sports Campus with a 5k, 10k, or half marathon benefiting HVAF of Indiana and Operation: JRV. Participants will run on the park's extensive trail system to tour the state-of-the-art sports destination with 31 multi-purpose fields and 26 baseball diamonds.

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    IN - Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health
    Tue 28th May
    $30
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    IN - Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health

    Indianapolis, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Be part of our journey to raise awareness and understanding for mental illness in all 50 states in 50 days. This will be a non-competitive 5k run/walk on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at White River State Park in Indianapolis.

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    Paint the Town Pink 5K Glow Run
    Fri 31st May
    Whiting, IN, United States
    $35
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    Paint the Town Pink 5K Glow Run

    1842 Oliver St, Whiting, IN 46394, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Whiting's Indiana MONTH long May event supported by our local merchants and community members to honor those that have had to battle breast cancer.

    Our annual events help raise funds that goes towards the Pink Ribbon Society, which is a local organization that helps men and women in our area who are currently battling or won against cancer. You can help us top what we did last year by joining in on the fun

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    White River Run
    Sat 1st Jun
    Anderson, IN, United States
    $25
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    White River Run

    829 Alexandria Pike, Anderson, IN 46012, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Anderson Road Runners are celebrating their 40th year as a running club! Proceeds from our White River Run support our free children's running program: The Roady Racers. This is a beautiful shaded course to walk or run a 5K on Anderson's paved trail system that begins around Shadyside Lakes. The 10K allows you to explore beyond the lakes while running along the beautiful White River trail. The Anderson Road Runners will ensure a fun, well organized race with respectable awards for top 3 Overall Male & Female winners, including a Masters Division. All finishers will receive a custom pint glass upon completing the race. Enjoy refreshments, a raffle, and celebrating our 40th year as a Running Club!

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    Abby Brinkman 5K
    Sat 1st Jun
    Columbus, IN, United States
    $25
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    Abby Brinkman 5K

    Columbus, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The first Abby Brinkman 5K Run/Walk was held in 2006 and it has become an annual event. Her longtime friend and fellow classmate, Amy Macy, organized this race for the past 13 years and this year is being coordinated through the Foundation for Youth. Abby was a graduate of Columbus East H.S. and Hanover College and was a beautiful, multi-talented and outstanding young woman who had hoped to continue to do medical mission work after becoming a physician.

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    SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger
    Sat 1st Jun
    $15 - $25
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    SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger

    201 Joliet St, Dyer, IN 46311, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This race is held to raise funds for the St. Maria Goretti "Community Outreach Ministry and Food Pantry". The Community Outreach Ministry believes that there are many within our community who may be in need of some support. We also believe that we can make a difference by providing supplemental food to our neighboring communities. We support these neighboring communities by need rather than by parish borders. In addition, the race provides an opportunity for runners (and walkers) to come together on a Saturday morning to exercise and then break bread over breakfast.

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    DINO Trail Run Series - Race 4: Brown County
    Sat 1st Jun
    Nashville, IN, United States
    $20
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    DINO Trail Run Series - Race 4: Brown County

    Nashville, IN 47448, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Stunning terrain, challenging hills, and meticulously constructed trails. The rewards of running in the DINO Trail Run at Brown County State Park! The Brown County event has become one of the series' most popular venues.

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    Run For Jenna
    Sat 1st Jun
    New Castle, IN, United States
    $10
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    Run For Jenna

    321 S Main St, New Castle, IN 47362, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    On the night of February 5, 2016, Jenna and her grandfather Mike (Stump) Dale died due to smoke inhalation when their house caught fire. This run is in memory of them. Previous runs helped build the new playground and install electric and water in the new shelter house. This year, the proceeds are being used to maintenance and upgrades of the playground. The race starts and finishes at the playground. This playground is located just a 1/4 mile from where they lived.

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    National Trails Day
    Sat 1st Jun
    Muncie, IN, United States
    $20
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    National Trails Day

    105 E Main St, Muncie, IN 47305, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Our National Trails Day Walk/Run lets you join thousands of people across the United States celebrating our countrys amazing trail system. Come enjoy the Historic Wysor Street Depot, home of our CG headquarters, and Cardinal Greenway and White River Greenway, two nationally-known, incredible trails.

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    The Angel Dash 5K
    Sun 2nd Jun
    Highland, IN, United States
    $25
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    The Angel Dash 5K

    Wicker Park Dr, Highland, IN 46322, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Angel Bag Project Presents the Angel Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk! Come take a Dash to help shelters in our community! Our vision is expanding, and your participation is needed! This event is co-sponsored by Frank Mrvan, North Township Trustee.

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    Blacklight Run – Indianapolis
    Sat 8th Jun
    $50
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    Blacklight Run – Indianapolis

    Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Blacklight Run is none other than the brightest, most fun 5K out there. At the Blacklight Run we arent focused on how fast or how far you can run, what type of exercise you enjoy, or if youre an avid runner. We dont care if youve never run a day in your life! Instead, we welcome any and all participants looking for a glowing good time. Whether you sprint it, run it, or walk it, it doesnt matter to us! We simply want you to enjoy it. These three miles will be the best three miles youve ever spent with your friends and familywe promise.

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    FootLoose 5K
    Sat 22nd Jun
    Burns Harbor, IN, United States
    Free
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    FootLoose 5K

    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Does your fitness report say it all? Do you fly by the seat of your pants, totally unpredictable? Or maybe you "Just lost that loving feeling"... Either way, join us for our annual Footloose 5k and radical afterparty! This gnarley 5K run/walk celebrates the most righteous decade of all time! Celebrate with us the days of big hair, neon colors, leg warmers, headbands, and some of the best party music ever recorded. So gather up your totally tubular 80's gear, invite your gal pals and homeboys, and come on out to Lakeland Park!

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    Franciscan Health Fitness Center's Firecracker 5K
    Sat 22nd Jun
    Chesterton, IN, United States
    $25
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    Franciscan Health Fitness Center's Firecracker 5K

    133 S 9th St, Chesterton, IN 46304, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Firecracker 5k is a Gold Cup Elite Series Race with the Calumet Region Striders of NWI.

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    Rupert's Survival 5K Run Challenge
    Sat 22nd Jun
    Shelbyville, IN, United States
    $15 - $30
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    Rupert's Survival 5K Run Challenge

    Shelbyville, IN 46176, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Run, jog, or walk a course full of obstacles and challenges for all ages. You might even go toe to toe with Rupert himself!

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    IN Brewery Running Series - Black Acre Brewery
    Sat 22nd Jun
    $30
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    IN Brewery Running Series - Black Acre Brewery

    Indianapolis, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Description

    We are the Indiana Brewery Running Series and we run for beer! Join us at Black Acre Brewery for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what theres a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

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    $28
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    Sickle Cell 5K

    Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transportation Center, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    There are hundreds of families in Central Indiana living with the burden of Sickle Cell Disease. Many of those families need additional support which Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI) strives to provide. Your participation in the Annual Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run will enable MCSCI to fill those gaps with quality supportive services.

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    SparkIFishers 5K
    Sat 29th Jun
    Fishers, IN, United States
    $10 - $30
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    SparkIFishers 5K

    Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr, Fishers, IN 46038, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Brought to you by the Fishers YMCA and Geist Half Marathon, join us for the 2019 Spark!Fishers 5K walk/run on Saturday, June 29 at 8 a.m. in the Nickel Plate District.

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    Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge 5K
    Sat 29th Jun
    $25 - $40
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    Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge 5K

    Indianapolis, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The annual Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge is heading to Indianapolis! Join other sepsis awareness advocates on June 29th at Garfield Park for a 5K COLOR RUN! This will be the first year in Indianapolis, after four successful years saving lives by raising awareness in Colorado Springs, CO and one succesful year in Cobden, IL.

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    Run for Freedom
    Thu 4th Jul
    Homewood, IL, United States
    $10 - $25
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    Run for Freedom

    18300 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL 60430, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's Run for Freedom 5K & 1-mile Fun Run/Walk for Freedom takes place at 1041 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL 60430 on Thursday, July 4.

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    $30
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    Firecracker 6

    Indianapolis, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    10th Annual Firecracker 6 presented by St. Vincent is a 6-Mile & 6K Run/Walk through beautiful downtown Indianapolis. Start at the iconic City Market and travel through historical Fountain Square. Get a perfect view of Lucas Oil Stadium and finish with a photo-op of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in the background; a perfect tour of the city.

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    Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk
    Sat 6th Jul
    Country Club Hills, IL, United States
    $35
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    Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk

    Country Club Hills, IL 60478, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Because Your Gray Matters, join the Mary E. Smith Brian Tumor Foundation in our Annual 5K Run/Walk. Register as a team or individual and show your commitment to winning the fight against brain tumors. This Event will be our 10th and biggest event to date!!!!

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    Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K Indy
    Sat 13th Jul
    $34 - $85
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    Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K Indy

    White River State Park, 801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    How about some Christmas Spirit in the summer? Join many festive runners as we hit the streets of Indianapolis for a super-fun Half Marathon!

    Bling? Oh yeah!!! Our medals are awesome! The 2019 medal is being designed with 13 blinking lights, the 5K has 5 blinking lights.

    Shirts? Very nice sleeveless tech.

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    $15 - $35
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    Sundowner 5K

    Joliet, IL, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join us for a local summer tradition ... 20 years running! This USATF-certified course route was redesigned and repaved in 2017 and features a scenic wooded route through historic Pilcher Park. Of course, the Sundowner wouldnt be complete without the Splash Dash a 1 Mile Junior Jog for kids ages 6-12 and a 50 Yard Dash for kids age 6 and under.

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    $39
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    Oberun 5K

    601 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We can't think of a better way to celebrate summer than a 5K dash to a Bell's Beer Garden serving up cold Oberon! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher's medal, a finisher's pint glass, a sweet shirt! This fun course will take you along the river for an incredible Indianapolis skyline view, then bring you back to Historic Military Park at White River State Park where we will have live music, corn hole and BEER!

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    $15 - $50
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    JMF Run, Walk, Roll

    Intl Airport - Zone 1 Ground Transportation Center, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join the Joseph Maley Foundation for Indys premier summer road race event. Start and finish on the Michael A. Carroll Stadium Track at IUPUI and run through the streets of scenic downtown Indianapolis while supporting the Joseph Maley Foundation mission, serving children of all abilities.

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    See the Abilities 5K
    Sat 20th Jul
    Bloomington, IN, United States
    $20 - $30
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    See the Abilities 5K

    IU Maurer School of Law, 211 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    LIFEDesigns is happy to announce our "See the Abilities" 5K walk/run!! The path of the race is accessible for everyone to enjoy a walk or run around the park. All proceeds will benefit LIFEDesigns.

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    IN Brewery Running Series - Centerpoint Brewing
    Sat 27th Jul
    $40
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    IN Brewery Running Series - Centerpoint Brewing

    Indianapolis, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join us at Centerpoint Brewing Co on Saturday July 27th @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what theres a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

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    Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K
    Sat 27th Jul
    Orland Park, IL, United States
    $35
    Details

    Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K

    Talk’N Fix, 14300 96th Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Participants will enjoy the scenery as they run or walk around the park in order to raise awareness of Sepsis as a medical emergency.

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    Katie McBurnett 5K and 10K
    Sat 27th Jul
    Columbus, IN, United States
    $15
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    Katie McBurnett 5K and 10K

    2473 jonathon Moore Pkwy, Columbus, IN 47201, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This years event has two distances a 5K (3.1 miles) distance, and a 10K (6.2 miles) distance. Both races will start and finish at the same location.

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    Porter Fire's Stop, Drop and Run 5K
    Sat 3rd Aug
    Porter, IN, United States
    $30
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    Porter Fire's Stop, Drop and Run 5K

    500 Ackerman Dr, Porter, IN 46304, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    You're taught from a young age to stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch fire. In the spirit of that practice, let's substitute run in the mix! The Stop, Drop and Run 5K Run/Walk is just the way to do it! You can also run with a firefighter! Come join some of Porter Fire Department's finest who will be running in their gear and challenge them and yourself!

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    Call Me Al 5K
    Sat 3rd Aug
    Zionsville, IN, United States
    $30
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    Call Me Al 5K

    76 S Main St, Zionsville, IN 46077, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The You Can Call Me Al 5K run/walk and kiddie run will begin at 8:00 AM on August 3. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are invited to participate in this fun run with a scenic course through Zionsville, Indiana. The event will start and finish at the St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church.

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    KVPD 5K Beer Fest
    Sat 3rd Aug
    Kankakee, IL, United States
    $35
    Details

    KVPD 5K Beer Fest

    Taff elementary schools ., 371-399 E Court St, Kankakee, IL 60901, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This race forms part of the beer fest - entry includes 5k registration and admission, with four drink tokens. Throughout the course, there will be beer/water stations for all participants.

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    Glow Run 5K
    Sat 10th Aug
    East Chicago, IN, United States
    $15
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    Glow Run 5K

    East Chicago, IN, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Our course is flat and provides runners and walkers of all ages to come out and experience with us. Come join us for a great time to support G.L.O.W Night, a local non-profit organization geared towards youth development. G.L.O.W Night Organizations supports the youth of Northwest Indiana and promotes youth events that share the message of hope and peace. Local vendors will provide food and drinks at our post-race party.

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    Sgt Chad Keith 5K
    Sat 10th Aug
    Batesville, IN, United States
    $25
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    Sgt Chad Keith 5K

    117 N Main St, Batesville, IN 47006, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    SGT Chad Keith, a local hometown hero was killed in action in Iraq in 2003. Come help us CELEBRATE Chad's life and those he had an impact on. Your participation in this event will help Chad continue to make positive impacts on others lives.

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    IN Brewery Running Series - Two Deep Brewing
    Sat 10th Aug
    $40
    Details

    IN Brewery Running Series - Two Deep Brewing

    TwoDEEP Brewing Co., 714 N Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join us at TwoDEEP Brewing Co on Saturday Aug 10th @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what theres a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

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    Donut Judge Me 5K
    Sat 10th Aug
    Carmel, IN, United States
    $25
    Details

    Donut Judge Me 5K

    599 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Donut Judge Me 5K because sometimes your motivation comes with sprinkles on top! The only 5K giving you up to 6 FULL SIZE, FRESH, DELICIOUS DONUTS and the most unique golden donut finisher medal ever! And if you try the Doughnut Peddler Inflate-O Challenge, you also bring home the super fun 36 Donut Pool Float and earn the extra medal at the finish line!

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    Run for the Reserves 5K
    Sat 17th Aug
    New Castle, IN, United States
    $20
    Details

    Run for the Reserves 5K

    300 Wittenbraker Ave, New Castle, IN 47362, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This is a 5k/10K run, walk fundraiser to help raise money for the Henry County Sheriff Department Reserve Unit. The Reserves are made up of people who volunteer their time to serve and protect the citizens of Henry County. Their goal is to raise money to purchase a new patrol vehicle.

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    Sister Cities of Greenfield 5K
    Sat 17th Aug
    Greenfield, IN, United States
    $20
    Details

    Sister Cities of Greenfield 5K

    10 S State St, Greenfield, IN 46140, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Beginners and veteran runners alike will enjoy competing on the beautiful Pennsy Trail. Starting at the heart of downtown Greenfield at the Sister Cities Park, the course is straight out and back and is relatively flat. Located on the roadbed of the old Pennsylvania Railroad much of the trail is lined by trees and shrubs, helping cool the August heat. You participation will help support the Sister Cities of Greenfield organization, which will in turn provide travel and hosting experience for Greenfield students and their teachers along with parents, as well.

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