Make your home page

Obstacles, challenges set for urban adventure race

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Obstacles and trivia are not typical additions to a weekend run but that’s what organizers of a first in Indianapolis have said makes it different than any event in the country.

The Indy Ultimate urban adventure race is scheduled to step off Saturday morning from Military Park.

Participants will follow a six mile course that takes them by and through downtown landmarks and venues with challenges along the way.

The president of Indiana Sports Corp, Ryan Vaughn said the event was designed to highlight the city’s sports history, military heritage and the arts and cultural districts.

“There are true, sort of, hardcore adventure races and then there are your traditional runs. What we wanted to do was combine the two in a way that highlighted all the special things in our downtown,” Vaughn said.

Runners will be asked to attempt such challenges as scoring a goal at Carroll Stadium, kicking a field goal inside Lucas Oil Stadium and shooting a basket on the court of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There are a total of 14 stops along the route.

“For us, the ability to create a race that really, genuinely allowed people to interact with all these cool places and neat history was important,” Vaughn said.

Organizers were impressed by the interest in the first-year event.

More than 2,500 people were registered with two days ahead of the race. Vaughn said it would be capped at 3,000 leaving the potential for walk-up registrations.

To find out more about the race, click here.