The Indiana Sports Corp. is expecting thousands to take part in a new urban adventure event in April that will feature some of the most famous sports, military and cultural venues in downtown Indianapolis. The Indy Ultimate aims to spotlight the city’s downtown attractions by letting participants experience them in new ways, such as kicking a field goal in Lucas Oil Stadium and "running through time" at the Indiana State Museum. Organizers hope the race becomes an annual event.
Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn says the event will "pay homage to our military, sports and cultural facilities." The sports circuit portion of the route will also allow participants to kick a soccer goal at Carroll Stadium, run the bases at Victory Field. In the military circuit, people will run around Monument Circle, run up and down the steps at the Indiana War Memorial and complete an obstacle course at American Legion Mall. In addition to the Indiana State Museum, the cultural circuit will take participants across the Glick Peace Walk on Walnut Street and allow them to take part in arts activities created by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Central Indiana Community Foundation board member Lee White says the organization could not resist getting involved in the event, calling it "a perfect fit for our inspiring places initiative to improve and advance public spaces in ways that promote community health and vitality."
The event is set for Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 a.m., with rolling starts every five minutes. Vaughn says, at least for the first year, registration will likely be capped at 3,000. Registration is open to anyone 12 and older who can run or walk six miles at an 18-minute pace or faster. The organization hopes to make The Indy Ultimate an annual event.
Vaughn says downtown attractions are buying into the event and helping create a unique experience.