Annual Heartland Half Marathon To Award Cash Prizes

heartland-imgJasper (NNDC) – This year’s Heartland Half Marathon preparations are underway as the sixth annual event is scheduled to take place during Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September 2nd. The events will once again include a half marathon, 5K, and team challenge along with cash prizes for the top three finishers in both male and female divisions for the half marathon.

The races will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET in the shadow of the Jasper Train Depot in Jasper, Indiana along the banks of the Patoka River and will finish in the shade along the same river just a stone’s throw away. This scenic course takes half marathon runners along a hilly route through commercial and residential neighborhoods with challenging peaks midway through the race. The 5K starts and ends in the same location as the half marathon, but splits to take a different course close to the start of the race. The routes once again merge during the last leg of the race, which take runners along the scenic Jasper Riverwalk.

The team challenge is a relay comprised of a four-person team, and follows the same course as the Heartland Half Marathon. The first runner in the relay will travel 3.8 miles then pass along his/her timing chip to the second runner. The second runner will then run 4.05 miles and pass along the chip. The third runner will run 2.5 miles, and final runner finishes off with the remaining 2.75 miles.

The registration fee for the half marathon is $50 if registered by June 18, increasing to $60 between June 19 and August 13. After August 13, cost for the half marathon is $70. The 5K and team challenge registration fee is $20 per person by June 18, increasing to $25 thereafter.  Pre-registrants will receive a technical shirt, and the first 500 half marathoners to preregister will also receive a special race gift. Registration can be completed online at raceroster.com or at heartlandhalfmarathon.com.

For anyone interested in training with others in preparation for the Heartland Half Marathon, the Southern Indiana Wolfpack, based in Jasper, sponsors a free training program every Sunday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET in front of the Jasper Fire Department Headquarters located at 309 East Sixth Street. Each workout begins with basic stretching, plus a few short core drills prior to beginning the run/walk route. There are no pace requirements for this training group as participants are free to run/walk at their own pace.

The Heartland Half Marathon, 5K, and Team Challenge is being coordinated by DC Multisport, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness while giving back to local communities. Lodging information and race-day event volunteers are being coordinated by the Dubois County Visitors Center staff. The event corporate sponsor is Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The majority of the proceeds from this year’s race will be given to the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center at Memorial Hospital to be utilized for new integrative medicine services provided to cardiac patients. Ten percent of the proceeds will go towards the DC Multisport Endowment to ensure future stability of the organization and to continue in its efforts to give towards worthy causes.

For more information, visit www.heartlandhalfmarathon.com or call Memorial Hospital’s Marketing Department at (812) 996-2333.

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