Mill Race Marathon Builds on Legacy of Former Mill Race Race
Inaugural Event Benefits Healthy Communities and the Columbus Park Foundation
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- January 25, 2013
In partnership with the City of Columbus, the inaugural Mill Race Marathon,
powered by Cummins, and primary sponsors MainSource Bank and Columbus Regional
Health, will be held in Columbus, Indiana with proceeds benefiting Healthy
Communities and the Columbus Park Foundation. This will be an inclusive event
serving as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon as well as half marathon and 5K
distances. It will be held on September 28, 2013 and covers a scenic route
through the City.
“The Mill Race Marathon represents a great opportunity for Columbus and
surrounding communities in terms of tourism and promoting healthy lifestyles
through sports,” said Jim Henderson, Chairman of the Columbus Sports Advisory
Council and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins Inc. These
go hand in hand with the vision and mission of the local sports council,
founded in 2011 in Columbus, to help enable events like the Mill Race
Marathon. “We welcome visitors to Columbus to experience not only what we know
will be a great event, but also an opportunity to explore many of the things
the City has to offer,” concluded Henderson.
“Introducing this event to the community is a terrific opportunity to combine
two things that are very important to Cummins, promoting healthy lifestyles
and partnering with the local community,” stated Dave Crompton, Cummins
Executive Sponsor for the Mill Race Marathon. “Since the first mention of the
event several months ago, I’ve seen the excitement growing with our employees,
with the sponsor companies, and within the Community.”
"MainSource is so proud to be a leader in bringing an important event such as
the Marathon to Columbus, Indiana,” statedChris Harrison, Senior Vice
President of Retail Banking for MainSource. “We pride ourselves on our
engagement within the communities we serve, and in bringing resources to them
that assist their personal or professional lives. The Marathon is both a
healthy initiative as well as an economic value to Columbus and we are excited
to be a part of the event,” concluded Harrison.
The Mill Race Marathon is scheduled for a fall weekend very familiar to local
runners. For the past 16 years, hundreds of participants have converged in
Columbus for the former Mill Race Race with 5K and 15K distances. “We’re not
thinking of the new event as a replacement for the Mill Race Race, but rather
a way to broaden participation with both race entrants and throughout the
community,” said Randy Stafford, Mill Race Race Director. “With the
introduction of the Mill Race Marathon to our community, we are able to expand
the distance options for participants and host a larger scale event that
ultimately brings greater benefits to our community.”
The event will include a full marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1
miles), and a 5K (3.1 miles) courses. The Mill Race Marathon is sanctioned by
the United States of America Track and Field (USATF), and is a Boston Marathon
qualifier course and managed by Ken Long & Associates. Registered participants
may run, jog, or walk the course. The course is also structured to accommodate
In conjunction with the event, several activities are being held and include
the Reach Healthy Communities Fun Run, presented by MainSource Bank. “We are
pleased to sponsor the children’s Fun Run on the eve of the event to promote
participation in healthy lifestyles for the youth in our community,” said Beth
Morris, Director of Reach Healthy Communities. In addition, local and regional
vendors will participate in a Fitness Expo on the day before the event.
“On behalf of Cummins, I’m proud to be a part of this and look forward to
continued collaboration with the planning committee and all our sponsors and
vendors as we prepare for a successful inaugural event,” Crompton concluded.
Registration is now open for the Mill Race Marathon by going to the official
website, MillRaceMarathon.com. The website contains details about race day,
information on training and nutrition programs for novice and advanced
runners, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.
As with any fitness program, those interested in participating are encouraged
to use available resources for proper nutrition and training.
Ken Long & Associates
Ken Long, 317-884-4001
Laura Chasse, 812-377-3964
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