Bedford Takes Ownership of Half Marathon

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(Image courtesy of Carmel Road Racing Group LLC) (Image courtesy of Carmel Road Racing Group LLC)

The city of Bedford has acquired rights to three races. The transition of the Limestone Capital Half Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Family Run with current owner Carmel Road Racing Group LLC is set to take place after this year's October 1 race.

Previously known as the Bedford Half Marathon, the event is its third year and will feature a different route for 2016 that incorporates the Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail. Race Director Todd Oliver says "many cities and towns across the country have taken ownership of running events because they understand the importance of city involvement in the sustainability of these events, tourism impact and the promotion of physical activity to the community. Little Rock, Arkansas is an example of a city that owns their major running event. They estimate that their event brings nearly $6 million annually in local spending through hotels, restaurants, shops and other local businesses. The racing business certainly enhances tourism and Bedford is a great area to showcase."

Mayor Shawna Girgis says "the Half Marathon has become a great event in the City of Bedford and I am proud to be a part of insuring its success for many years to come. I expect a great race, as well as, increased awareness of Bedford’s growing trail system as we include the Milwaukee Road Rail-Trial into the course this year."

Carmel Road Racing Group also owns the the Polar Bear 5 Mile, 5K and The Bear in Indianapolis, Carmel Marathon Weekend, the 8 Hour Dream Endurance Race at Butler University, the Indy Women's Half Marathon & 5K and the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel.

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