Running Events to Boost Wabash Valley

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A series of cross-country events that begins this weekend is expected to draw thousands of athletes and fans to Terre Haute. The city's convention and visitors bureau estimates the high school and college events will pump around $2 million into the economy. CVB Executive Director Dave Patterson says the events bring in more than just money. He believes visitors leave with a "good, healthy thought" of the state.

He tells Inside INdiana Business the CVB and other organizations are continuing efforts to secure future NCAA, Indiana High School Athletics Association and Nike Team Regionals events.

Sources: The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inside INdiana Business

October 17, 2013

News Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide local retailers with important information about upcoming cross country events that will bring thousands of visitors to the Terre Haute area over the next few weeks.

Upcoming cross country events include:

-Saturday, October 19 : NCAA Division 1 Pre-Nationals

-Saturday, November 2: IHSAA State Championships

-Saturday, November 17: Nike Team Regionals

-Saturday, November 23: NCAA Division 1 National Championships

Each of these events is could bring over 5,000 attendees for each weekend. Below are some ways retailers can prepare for the potential increased traffic and roll out the welcome to mat to everyone visiting the community. For more information about these events, contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (812) 234-5555.

Suggested ways businesses can prepare:

-Welcome visitors on your marquee or with special signage

-Offer a "Runner's Special"

-Have extra staff available for the weekend(s)

-Work with local hotels to provide coupons to visitors

-And anything else to welcome visitors to the community

Source: The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce