Your name on your race bib - register by March 22:
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
Teachers' Credit Union
- The biggest springtime race in northwest Indiana
- Change your distance - 5K or 10K - all the way until about 2.8 miles into the race
- Personalized race bibs
- Disposable chip timing
- Wicking shirt or inexpensive no-shirt option
- Women's fitted shirt option
- Gold Cup and CARA Green Race Certified
- Team/family competition & discounts
- USATF Certified courses
- Help celebrate our 20th year!
How to register
Online: Registration is ONLINE through Thursday, April 3. No processing fee.
In person: Early packet pick-up and registration Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, at Extra Mile Fitness in Valparaiso, 10am to 7pm. Pay via cash or check payable to Valparaiso Family YMCA. No credit cards please.
Race day: 7.30 to 8.30 at the YMCA, via cash or check, no credit cards.
There is no race entry form and no mail-in registration. We are a CARA Certified Green Race.
Date: Saturday, 5 April 2014, 9am Central/Chicago time
Location: Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso, Ind. (Map, Weather)
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.
Personalized bibs: Your name will be printed on your bib if you pre-register by March 22.
Included with your entry: Disposable chip timing. Wicking shirt. Gear check. Water stop. Fruit and water at the finish line (not a big breakfast or lunch though). 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.
Fees: $23 through March 22, $30 thereafter. Same for all events.
- Discount $7 if no shirt is chosen, applied at check-out.
- Discount $1 for each team member in a team entry or families of 3+ registering together, if pre-registered by March 22
- Discount $3 for members of CARA or Gold Cup, if pre-registered by March 22.
Entry fee is non-refundable; as a courtesy we allow substitutions but only if they are made at early packet pick-up (see "how to register" above). If you can't attend but want your shirt, please ask a friend to pick it up on your behalf before the event.
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.
Prediction walk: Walkers should indicate their predicted 5K time (75 minutes or less) and should not wear watches. Prediction time awards will be based on chip time, with awards going to the three male and three female walkers who finished closest to their predicted time. The "walk" is non-judged and walkers may run part or all of the course. Walkers must start at the back of the starting area.
Team competition: Register your team or family of 5 or more for team competition! Teams are scored cross-country style. All teams must run the same event (5K run or 10K run) and register at least four days before the race.
Awards: Up to 3 deep in each division. Masters and Overall. We do not give participation awards, but if you register by March 22, you'll get a personalized race bib to keep as a souvenir. 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.