YMCA Partner in Wellness
Extra Mile Fitness Company
Thorgren Tool & Molding Co.
Date: Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9am Chicago time. Kids' fun run at 10am.
Included with your entry: A really great shirt. Disposable chip timing. Personalized bib (register by March 20). Gear check. Water stop. Fruit, granola bars, and water at the finish line. Awards up to 3 per division. Free parking. Free childcare if you pre-register your children here.
Not included: As a CARA-certified Green Race, we do not have a goodie bag with promotions and product samples - just the shirt and bib.
Events, Teams, and Awards
Distance: 5K run, 10K run, 5K prediction walk. Kids' fun run. Course info
- Team members must run the same course (5K or 10K) to be counted for team scoring.
- Walkers must do the 5K course.
- Finish line closes 75 minutes after start
- Gold Cup participants age 14 and under must run the 5K to receive Gold Cup points; those 15 and over must run the 10K to receive points.
Event switching: Whatever course you run = the finish line you cross = the race for which you will be scored. If you register as a runner, it doesn't matter what distance you register for. Both courses start at the same time / same place. If you want to run the 10K, just follow the 10K course (which separates from the 5K at about mile 2.8 on Bullseye Lake Rd.) There are separate finish areas.
Prediction walk: Register for the prediction 5K walk to compete based on how closely your actual time matches your predicted time. Just enter a predicted time when you register. Please do not wear a watch on the course - that's cheating! Although labeled a "walk", participants may run all or part of the course. Please line up at the very back of the starting area. Same start time as everyone else.
Kid's fun run: For ages 4 to 9. See information on the YMCA's website [link coming soon]
competition: Register your family, friends, or coworkers as a team to
compete or team awards and get a $1 discount per person. Teams need a
minimum of 5 people and are scored cross-country style (top 5 finishers). All team members must register by April 1. When registering, select the "Team" tab and follow the instructions.
Corporate teams: Please see our registration page for details on competing with your coworkers with billing to your employer's Wellness program or charitable program.
Awards: Up to 3 deep in each division. Masters and Overall. Team awards. After the race, if you have won an award, come to the pavilion to collect it. Water bottles this year.
Divisions (each 5K and 10K): 6-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+
Athena/Clydesdale: We regret that these special weight-based divisions have been discontinued due to low participation. Further, because we allow competitors to switch run distances mid-event, the race timing software does not allow us to set-up such divisions.
How you can help
Race Committee: The event is organized on behalf of the YMCA by a volunteer committee of local runners, many of them having participated on the committee since the first Ringing in Spring in 1995. New members join the committee every year, and you don't have to be a runner. Everyone from teens to seniors are welcome. Meetings are held bi-weekly from November to April, usually on a weekday evening at the YMCA. All skills are welcome, including publicity, organization, sponsor recruitment, and leading volunteers on race day. Please contact us.
Sponsorship: With over 1500 participants from around Northwest Indiana and as far as Chicago, Ringing in Spring is an excellent way to show your support for a healthy community. We accept cash sponsorship and contributions in kind. In particular, we seek donations of healthful food for the participants post-race. All proceeds go directly to the Valparaiso Family YMCA, a registered charity. Please contact us for details.
Prohibited items: We ask all participants not to bring onto the course any item that may interfere with the safety of others, including baby strollers/joggers, shoes with wheels, bikes, or dogs. For a reasonable accommodation in case of disability, please contact us in advance. Participants using music players are asked to keep the volume low enough to be able to hear course marshals and nearby runners to reduce the risk of injury to themselves or others.
Medical professionals: will be on call at the fire station within sight of the starting area. Volunteer course marshals will be stationed at major road crossings. In case of emergency, call 911 and immediately notify race or YMCA officials.
Traffic control: This is a city race and there may be motorists on the race course despite our best efforts. The course on Bullseye Lake Road and points north will be open to traffic no later than 60 minutes after the start.
Although the YMCA is a charity, race entry fees are not considered tax-deductible donations by the IRS.
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