14th Annual River City Rat Race
Oct 27 2013
Fort Wayne IN
Fort Wayne YMCA
The River City Rat Race was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 500 runners and more than 100 volunteers, it was clear that this event has enormous potential. In only its second year, the race had become one of the largest road races in Northern Indiana. The feature event is a 10K (6.2 mile) race with a beautiful downtown course. Author and senior writer Hal Higdon of Runner’s World Magazine said: “It’s one of the most scenic 10K courses I’ve ever run.” This is high praise coming from one of the most experienced and highly sought after running experts in North America. RunIndiana.com lists the River City Rat Race one of the states top 10 races.
One of our main goals is to promote fitness. National magazines such as Men’s Health and Self Magazine consider Ft. Wayne among the most unfit cities in the nation. It is important that we do better!
The race is run on Halloween weekend and we feel that is the best time for an event called “Rat Race.” Although the race attracts top area runners, we are considered a “fun run.” We give lots of door prizes that any participant can win. Besides age group awards, we also have a best costume award.
Since the race started in 2000, it has generated over $34,000 for local charity. 100% of our proceeds go to charity, but our chief beneficiary is the YMCA’s Partnership in Youth. This year’s race kicks off Sunday, October 28, 2012. The race begins at 2:00 p.m. The starting line is on Main Street adjacent to the United Arts Center and 1sts Source Building.
The Rat Race Training Group was a huge success last year that we are sure to have an even larger group this year. The training group is for the beginning runner to do their first 10K. Veteran runners can also help run with and encourage new runners. The group will meet every Monday at the Central YMCA beginning August 17 at 7:00 pm. The 9 ½ week training is free to the public and everyone is welcome.
For more information on the River City Rat Race, check out the rest our web site pick up a brochure at any area YMCA. You may also contact the YMCA at 260.422.6486.