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Indiana Inns offers overnight lodging at some DNR properties. Call 260-833-2012 or 1-877-768-2928 or make reservations online. For information on camping, visit http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/, or call 1-866-6campIN. In season, there is a state park entrance fee of $5 for in-state vehicles or $7 for out-of-state vehicles or you can use your annual entrance pass. Both are available at the park's front gate.
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Chain O' Lakes State Park, 2355 E. 75 S. Albion, IN 46701
The Indiana Trail 100
We are very pleased to announce that the only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana will be held at Chain O' Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana on April 26-27, 2014. Please note that there will also be a 50 mile race option on the same course with the 100 mile race. There will be a 30 hour time limit for the 100 milers and a 15 hour time limit for the 50 milers. Registration is now open, so we invite you to enter now and become part of the group to run in the annual Indiana Trail 100. The Indiana Trail 100 is a non-profit event managed by ultra-runners with the net proceeds going back to the park. We are convinced that once you run on our scenic course you will keep coming back. We will help you achieve your goal, whether it's your first 50 or 100 miler or setting your personal record time. Registration is limited to 330 participants.
For more information: http://www.indianatrail100.com
One of North America's largest ultra marathons is held at Chain O’Lakes State Park every year. The race in 2014 will be held on December 20th. This event also includes a 3-person 50K Relay and a One-Loop Run (10 Mile). There are discounted fees for 19 and under relay entrants. The trail is easy enough to be a good first-time trail course; technical enough to give an advantage to seasoned trail runners. Measure yourself against time, distance...and weather! We're known for the great post-race foods - particularly our array of soups. Overall men's and women's winner of the 50K receive a large, engraved, granite trophy.
Custom finisher's medal to each participant completing The HUFF 50K individual race or a HUFF 50K Relay. The medal is also a belt buckle. HUFF logo gear for all 50K and 50K Relay participants comes with registration.
For more information: http://www.veepraces.com/?races=huff-50k
The Nobleman Triathlon
The 2014 date is August 2, 2013.
Join us for the Nobleman Sprint distance Triathlon. Swim starts at the Sand Lake Beach. You will bicycle through the park continuing the ride on county roads. Then return to finish the run on park trails.
It will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM at Sand Lake at Chain ‘O Lakes State Park just south of Albion, Indiana.
For more information: http://www.veepraces.com/?races=nobleman-triathlon
The 2nd annual First Day Trail Run/Walk will be held on Jan. 1, 2015, at Fairfax State Recreation Area (Monroe Lake). This is a non-competitive, untimed event with two distance options.
The 4-mile course loops through field and forest areas, with a nice view of the lake. The 1.3-mile course is almost entirely in forest. Both courses are considered hilly.
The trail run/walk begins in mid-afternoon and is followed by an hors d'ourves buffet at the Fourwinds Resort. Registration opens in late November.
Nothing at this time.
14th Annual Running with the Irish 5k Run/WalkIndiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
Saturday, March 15, 2014
All proceeds benefit the St. Patrick School, a 501(c)(3) organization to help fund school programs. Each year upwards of 1,000 participants take part. The 5k run is organized from the Indiana Dunes State Park campground area.
For more information, visit http://www.stpatsparish.org/5k-run
HERO Half Marathon and 10K RunIndiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
Saturday, October 19, 2014
Journey begins on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, taking you along Dunes, through wetlands, and ending on a grand tour of the Calumet Trail.
Registration and Fees
For more information, and to register, visit: www.herohalf.com/register.html.
McCormick's Creek State Park, 250 McCormick's Creek Park Road, Spencer, IN 47460
4 Mile Trail Run/Walk
April 19, 2014: 8:30 a.m.
McCormick’s Creek State Park, in partnership with the Owen County Family YMCA and the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park, will host its annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from the race fund educational programming and family events at the park as well as the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, allowing the YMCA to offer financial aid to local families that might otherwise not be able to afford memberships.
Registration and Information
Event registration is $25 and will be accepted until 10 minutes prior to race time. Participants may also register online at http://mag7raceseries.com/. A family event for all ages and fitness levels, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Spring season at McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Packet pick-up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the MCSP Nature Center.
The ninth annual Mighty Mississinewa TriathlonSaturday, Sept. 13, 2014
4673 S. 625 E.
Peru, IN 46970
Participants at the Mighty Mississinewa Triathlon will swim Mississinewa Lake, bicycle county roads, and run on groomed nature trails that follow paths walked by Miami Native Americans.
Proceeds will go to Indiana Heritage Trust to expand public land for outdoor recreation around Mississinewa Lake. Conserving and managing land for the enjoyment of current and future generations is the goal of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the staff at Mississinewa Lake.
Mississinewa Lake is in north central Indiana, 65 miles north of Indianapolis, 65 miles northwest of Muncie, 65 miles east of Lafayette, and 65 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.Course info:
Triathlon will start at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The event will be preceded by a mandatory, 10-minute safety meeting at 7:50 a.m. and kids’ fun run at 8:10 a.m.
Price and registration info:
- Swim 500 yards in Mississinewa Lake.
- Bike 16.6 miles on lightly traveled scenic roads around the lake.
- Run 3.75 miles on Old Frances Slocum Trail Road and groomed trails.
- The event staging and parking areas will be at a beach shelter house.
- Individual: $40.
- Team: $90.
- Undergraduate students or triathletes age 20 and younger: $25.
- USAT membership is not required.
- Participation is limited to 400.
- Participants can order a T-shirt for $9 or a dry fit shirt for $17. Order by noon, Sept. 5.
- Online registration is at https://register.itsracetime.com/search/event.aspx?id=25146
Online registration will close at noon, Sept. 11.
- Participants can register by mail before Sept. 5. Email lbrown@dnr.IN.gov for more information.
- Onsite registration is from 7 to 7:30 a.m., Sept. 13. Onsite registration costs an additional $10. Those registering onsite cannot use a credit card.
- Packet pickup is Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or Sept. 13, from 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Age or special divisions:
- Age-group divisions in five-year increments will receive first- through third-place awards. First-place winners will also select a prize.
- Teams will be given first- and second-place awards.
- Triathletes can also participate in the following special divisions: Elite (which makes them eligible for “overall race” winner); Clydesdale (men 200 pounds and over); Athena (women 165 pounds and over). Racers that choose to compete in a special division, including Elite, will forfeit eligibility for an age-group prize.
- Elite racers must compete in the first wave of their gender. Wave 1 will consist of all men age 34 and younger and male Elites. Wave 2 will consist of all women age 34 and younger and female Elites. Older individuals who want to compete for the overall winner placings must choose the Elite division with their registration or by emailing lbrown@dnr.IN.gov.
- Prizes and awards for first-, second-, and third- place overall winners will range from $50 to $150 retail value.
Contact information/race results:
- Location: Mississinewa Lake, 9 miles east of U.S. 31 on Miami Co. Rd. 500 S in Miami State Recreation Area.
- Phone: (765) 473-6528.
- Email: lbrown@dnr.IN.gov.
- Race results will be posted at www.itsracetime.com/
- 2013 Mighty Mississinewa Triathlon Results
Dam to Dam Wabash County Century Ride
September 14, 2014
Multiple route lengths available from 100-mile “century” ride to 15-mile ride.
The century ride route will take riders over the Salamonie and Mississinewa dams and around the Stockdale dam. It is a recreational and social tour for riders to enjoy cycling among friends and fellow biking enthusiasts.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Patoka Lake, 3084 N. Dillard Rd. Birdseye, IN 47513
Head for the hills and race for a cause. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and juvenile bald eagle. With your help, we are able to support the lives of these non-releasable birds of prey for our educational programming.
- Swim 0.28 miles in Patoka Reservoir, begin and finish at the beach.
- Bike 12.8 miles on well paved roads around Patoka Reservoir.
- Run 3.1 miles through the woods on groomed gravel roads and well paved bike trail.
- Video of course (YouTube)
- 2015 triathlon info
- Friday, Aug. 21
- Packet pickup - 8:30am - 8:30 pm at Patoka Property Office
- Saturday, Aug. 22
- 6:30 -7:45 a.m. Onsite check-in and packet pickup, Patoka Lake beach.
- 7:50 a.m. Mandatory safety meeting.
- 8:30 a.m. Race start. EDT
Price and registration
- Individual Early Registration- $40 (Through June 30), $45 (July 1 – Aug. 2), late registration $55 (starting Aug. 2).
- Team: $110 year-round.
- Online registration ends Thursday, Aug. 20, 8:00 p.m. Register at http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/
- Register onsite Friday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Patoka Lake Property Office or on race day at the beach from 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.
- USAT Membership not required.
- Timing: Crossroads Events LLC
- Free t-shirt while supplies last if you register before Aug 1.
- Free event at 8:10 a.m. for ages 10 and under, and also ages 11-14.
- Onsite registration & awards for this ¼ mile race on the paved bike trail (up-hill run) at the beach.
- Dana Reckelhoff, Race Director
Saturday, May 17
Pokagon State Park, 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, IN 46703
Triathlon/duathlon, aquabike, and 5K Run/Walk, May 17
The park will host the eighth annual Pokagon State Park Triathlon/Duathlon, sponsored by Trifort Triathletes in conjunction with Americamultisport.com, and a 5K benefit run.
Activities begin at 9 a.m., and all events will be staged at the park’s CCC shelter.
Participants will receive a gift bag with a race T-shirt and event-related gear, and can attend post race festivities and a picnic.
New to the triathlon/duathlon is an aquabike event that features swimming and biking, but no running. For more information on the triathlon/duathlon and aquabike events, including registration information, fees, and volunteer and sponsorship contacts, see americamultisport.com.
The fourth annual Steve Parker/ALS 5K Run/Walk will start at 9:45 a.m. The run/walk honors long-time running and fitness enthusiast Steve Parker, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Registration for the run/walk costs $20 and can be done at americamultisport.com.
Registration packet pick-up and advance registration will be Friday, May 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the park’s Potawatomi Inn, main lobby. Participants also can register on race day at the CCC Shelter from 7 to 8 a.m. However, participants are encouraged to register in advance online.
On race day, the standard park entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicles or $7 per out-of-state vehicle will apply.
DINO Xterra Triathlon
Versailles State Park, P.O. Box 205, Versailles, IN 47042; Mapping Address, 1004 U.S. 50, Versailles, IN 47042
Friday, July 18, 6-8 p.m., Check-in/Registration at race site
Sat, July 19, 7 a.m., Registration Opens
8 a.m., Registration Closes
9 a.m., Swim Start - Competitor Wave
9:05 a.m., Swim Start - Survivor Wave
9:30 a.m., Canoe/Kayak Division Start
1 p.m., Awards & door prizes
Check-In: Camp store/boat ramp area; Friday, July 18, 6-8 p.m.; or Saturday, July 19, 7-8:30 a.m.
Course Descriptions: Distances: 1km swim, 13-mile mountain bike, 5-mile trail run
Swim: The swim start is from a beach to the east of the boat ramp. The course is a counterclockwise, triangular loop in the deepest part of Versailles Lake. Lifeguards will patrol the course on rowboats. Kayak division racers will complete a 2km paddle extending to near the park dam.
Bike: The mountain bike segment is the highlight of the race. The most notable feature of the course is the Cliffside Trail, which climbs high above the expansive valley below. The course will traverse scenic and fun single-track, including several climbs and descents with elevation changes of more than 200 vertical feet. The surface is nearly all dirt single-track.
Run: The run course uses most of the park's hiking trails, including trails 1, 2 and 3. There will be several steep up-and-down hills, rooty sections, and stairs. It is a challenging course. An aid station will be located at the transition area and at approximately miles 1 and 3 on the run course, at a two-way portion of trail connecting Trail 1 to Trail 2.
Awards: Overall top three men and women receive plaques. Top three in each age group receive medals. XTERRA sponsors provide several nice items given at random. While competitors await the awards presentation, they can enjoy fruit, cookies, and a sandwich from Subway of Versailles.
Camping: Available on site. Sites can be reserved through indiana.reserveworld.com.
Directions: Versailles State Park is about 2 miles east of Versailles on U.S. 50, which connects to I-65 at Seymour or to I-275 west of Cincinnati (use exit 16, Lawrenceburg). Versailles is about 30 miles from either interchange.
Volksmarches provide a great opportunity to get to know other people who enjoy walking and hiking. "Volksmarch" is a German term, literally meaning “a people's walk”. Local clubs host walks that have been chosen for natural beauty, scenic interest, historical value and safety. The trails are well-marked or maps are provided. Walks usually consist of a marked or guided 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) route. Each participant is encouraged to walk at a pace that is comfortable and enjoyable.
Volksmarching events have been held at Indiana state parks and reservoirs for many years. This year's events are as follows:
- March 9: Mounds State Park
- April 13: Paynetown SRA (Monroe Lake)
- May 11: Chain O’Lakes State Park
- June 15: Summit Lake State Park
- July 13: Charlestown State Park
- August 3: Potato Creek State Park
- September 21: Harmonie State Park
- October 19: Indiana Dunes State Park
Two Indiana State Parks are year-round volksmarch sites:
Sgt. Thomas Lee Clarkston, Jr. 5 K Memorial Run has been canceled.