YMCA Partner in Wellness
Extra Mile Fitness Company
Mom to Mom, NWI
Thorgren Tool & Molding Co.
Buck's Bicycle Shop
Culver's of Valparaiso
IU Health Lakeshore Surgicare
McAfee Animal Hospital
Sunrise Health Foods
Teachers Credit Union
For sponsorship information, please contact us
Thank you to everyone who joined us today. Total of 1894 registered participants and 200 volunteers.
Full results are here.
Hundreds of pictures on valpolife.com.
If you want your shirt but didn't pick it up, please visit the YMCA. We have plenty of extras.
We appreciate your suggestions on how to make the race even better next year - click here.
Please mark your calendars for April 2, 2016. See you then!
Date: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:00am Central time.
Registration: 7.30 to 8.30am at the Valparaiso YMCA gym (location map).
Parking: Please allow 5-10 minutes extra for parking, as this is a large race. We suggest the Purdue North Central lot on Vale Park Rd. - volunteers will guide you. Map here.
Included with your entry: A really great shirt. Disposable chip timing. Gear check. Water stop. Fruit, granola bars, and water at the finish line. Awards up to 3 per division. Free parking.
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 and switching of events
Distance: 5K run & walk, 10K run. Kids' fun run of 125 or 250 yards. Course info
- Team members must run the 5K to be counted for team scoring.
- Finish line closes 75 minutes after start; course support on Bullseye Lake and points north closes at 60 minutes
- 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 5K / 10K: Please register for the course you intend to complete, but if you change your mind, that's OK. 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. However, if you do not complete the event you registered for, your instant results may not be correct.
Prediction walk: The 5K includes a prediction walk for those interested. 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 if you are competing for a prediction time award - 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.
Event switching: Please complete any event switching on RunSignUp.com at least 1 day before the race.
Name transfer: To give your registration to someone else, please complete a registration transfer on RunSignUp.com at least 4 days before the race.
Teams & Awards
competition: 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. For logistical reasons, team competition is only available in the 5K.
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 because we allow competitors to switch run distances mid-event, the race timing software does not allow us to set-up weight-based 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 2000 participants mostly from Porter County but 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: Please no baby strollers/joggers, shoes with wheels, bikes, or dogs. For an 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 road crossings, subject to availability. In case of emergency, call 911 and immediately notify race or YMCA officials.
Although the YMCA is a charity, race entry fees are not considered tax-deductible donations by the IRS.
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