While the Indy 500 is in the rear-view mirror, another exciting race is making its way to Central Indiana. The Henry Community Health New Castle Mini Marathon begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. The race begins and ends in the 1400 Plaza in downtown New Castle, Indiana.
TNT Endurance Sports is presenting the event in partnership with several local organizations. Proceeds will benefit New Castle Miracle League, New Castle Main Street, and Young Life. The event is open to all ages and is the only road race half marathon opportunity in Henry County.
“Having the start and finish in Downtown New Castle will provide a festive, electric atmosphere with many spectators cheering on the athletes,” noted Travis Thompson, CEO for TNT Endurance Sports.
Before the race begins, American Idol contestant Mikenly Brown will sing the national anthem. Following the national anthem, the “Miracle Mile” will give spectators an opportunity to cheer on kids and those who have disabilities as they complete the two-block course.
In addition to the Miracle Mile, the Henry Community Health New Castle Mini Marathon offers a 5k, 10k, and 13.1 mile distance, all of which are open to both walkers and runners. All participants receive a finisher medal and t-shirt. Time-chipped race bibs will provide official times, and there will be water aid stations through the courses.
Following the race, participants can enjoy Jack’s Donuts and a post-race concert at the 1400 Plaza featuring Mikenly Brown. The race coincides with the Henry County Farmers Market and there will be additional food trucks and vendors downtown, providing participants and spectators with many options for shopping and eating.
MRS Heating and Cooling, The Press, FocalPoint Business Coaching, Olive Leaf Landscaping, Jack’s Donuts, and Clemens Home Solutions are race sponsors. The TNT Endurance website, tntendurancesports.com, has all registration information and event details. “We all play a part in making our community great. Each of us should take what we are passionate about and use it to involve others,” expressed Thompson. “I believe that this event will add to the unity and positive movement we already see in our community.”