Indiana University Health - Lakeshore Surgicare
Thorgren Tool & Molding Co.
Buck's Bicycle Shop
Culver's of Valparaiso
Extra Mile Fitness Co.
Dawn Collins & Aaron Collins - Century 21 Executive Realty
McAfee Animal Hospital
Strack & Van Til
Teachers' Credit Union
News story with photos from ValpoLife.com
774 photos of the race
Video of the entire race shot on head-mounted GoPro
News story: Valpo firemen reach the finish line
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CARA post-race survey - please complete
Date: Saturday, 4 April 2015, 9am Central/Chicago time
Location: Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso, Ind. (Map, Weather)
Registration / Shirt & bib pick-up: Race day 7.30 to 8.30 at the YMCA
Shirts: Made of wicking moisture management fabric to help you stay dry when exercising. Choose from men's short sleeve tee or women's fitted short sleeve tee. First-come, first-serve unless pre-registered. Shirts tend to run small (particularly the women's fitted shirts) - order a size larger if you prefer a looser fit or longer length.
Included with your entry: Disposable chip timing. Wicking shirt. Gear check. Water stop. Fruit, granola bars, and water at the finish line (not a big breakfast or lunch though - the Hungry Inc food truck will be on-hand, bring cash). Awards up to 3 per division. Free parking. Free childcare if you pre-register your children on your entry form, subject to capacity limits, pre-registered only.
Entry fee is non-refundable. As a courtesy we allow substitutions but only if the substitute comes to early packet pick-up at Extra Mile Fitness to sign a waiver and change the entry details. If you can't attend but want your shirt, please ask a friend to pick it up on your behalf before the event begins.
Not included: Members wishing to use indoor facilities (locker rooms etc.) must present a Valparaiso YMCA membership card. We are a CARA-certified Green Race: to reduce our environmental footprint, we do not include papers and product samples - just the shirt and bib.
Distance: 5K run, 10K run, and 5K prediction walk. Course info. Fastest runners should start at the front.
- Team members must run the same course (5K or 10K) to be counted for team scoring.
- Walkers must do the 5K course.
- 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: If you registered as a runner and want to switch between the 5K and 10K, you do not need to notify us. 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. Whatever course you run = the finish line you cross = the race for which you will be scored.
Team competition: Team competition is closed to new registrations.
Awards: Up to 3 deep in each division. Masters and Overall. Also team awards. After the race, if you have won an award, come to the pavilion to collect it.
Divisions (run): 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+
Prohibited items: We ask all participants not to use any item that may interfere with the other participants' safety, including baby strollers/joggers, shoes with wheels, bikes, or dogs. We are pleased to make reasonable accommodations in case of disability - kindly contact us in advance. Participants using music players are asked to keep the volume low enough to be able to hear course marshal instructions and nearby runners to avoid 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 60 minutes after the start.
Race organizers: 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. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering for the race committee.
Race entry fees are not considered tax-deductible donations by the IRS.
This website is maintained by volunteers on behalf of Ringing in Spring. Statements made race day take precedence over the website. The YMCA is not responsible for the content of this website.