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This community event features live music, outdoor games, food and more. Bring a picnic lunch. Food available for purchase. Visit our new volunteer fair with more than 20 nonprofits represented! Kids are free. $5/adult. No advance registration needed. Pay at Gate. Learn More
In 2016, United Way of Porter County, within a regional effort, held more than 60 community conversations. It involved meeting all walks of life in our community, discussing hopes and aspirations and sharing the key findings
One of those findings we heard loud and clear was the need for affordable family fun. That idea struck a chord with Young Leaders United, a group of more than 100 like-minded individuals who support the community through the United Way of Porter County.
Many in this group know first-hand how expensive events can be for young families and that these events can be off-limits for families our community partners serve. Harnessing their energy and efforts to serve the families of Porter County and Northwest Indiana, Young Leaders United developed United Way Family Fun Field Day & Volunteer Fair.
This community event features live music, outdoor games, food and more. Bring a picnic lunch. Food available for purchase.
*New* Come visit with more than 20 nonprofits at the volunteer fair! Learn about fun opportunities throughout your community.
This year's event: June 23, 2018 from 11am to 2pm at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso
Cost: $5/adult; kids free
Pay at the gate
Hosted by Young Leaders United, a group of young professionals who support the community through the United Way of Porter County.
This annual event celebrates volunteerism throughout Northwest Indiana by bringing together teams from local businesses, municipalities, churches and civic groups to complete projects and make significant impact on the nonprofit community. Projects will be posted in early July for volunteer signup. Learn More
Held on Friday, August 10th, United Way Day of Caring begins with a kickoff breakfasts in Valparaiso and Portage, then you and your team head out to the nonprofit where you chose to volunteer.
When you register, be sure to include your teammates names, emails and preferred shirt sizes. Free t-shirts will be given to volunteers, but sizes are not guaranteed.
Projects will be posted in early July for volunteer signup.
Don't know what to expect? Click here to view photos from previous year's events!
This 13.1-mile flat and fast course offers a scenic run through the country just outside of Valparaiso. Computerized chip timing provided by T&H Timing. Event proceeds support health, education and financial stability services in Northwest Indiana. Learn More
HALF MARATHON FEES:
- Pre-Race Registration Fee before October 21 - $35 without shirt; $40 with shirt.
- Race Day Registration Fee is $40 without shirt; $45 with shirt.
5K RACE FEES:
- Pre-Race Registration Fee before October 21st - $25 without shirt; $30 with shirt.
- Race Day Registration Fee is $30 without shirt; $35 with shirt.
Race shirts not guaranteed for runners registered after Thursday, October 4th.
-Top three overall male and female finishers, Athena, Clydesdale, top male and female masters (ages 40+), and top three
finishers in each age group: 14 & Under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 & Over.
-Finisher medals for all participants
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When and where is packet pick up? Advanced packet pick up will be available at The Extra Mile Fitness Co. located at 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN on Friday, October 19th from 11AM - 7PM and Saturday October 20th from Noon - 5PM. Race day packet pick up will be in the post-party tent on the Ivy Tech Campus lawn from 7AM - 8:15AM.
Where do participants and spectators park? Ample parking will be available at the Ivy Tech Campus located across from the start/finish and registration areas. Ivy Tech is located at 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Access to the race site will only be available from the North off of Route 2 via Eastport Center Dr. beginning at 7:30AM and for the duration of the event on race day.
Is there a time limit? There is a 3 1/2 hour time limit on the course. The course will shut down at 12PM, including the closing of water stops and the removal of the sag vehicle. Any runner can chose to finish the course after closing, but does so at their own risk. All finishers will recieve a medal.
Where can spectators see runners on the course? The Valpo Half Marathon Course allows spectators the opportunity to see their runners several times during the event. The runners loop past the start/finish line in the first two miles of the race. Once the field has past the start/finish area, vehicular access to the race site is available from the north on Eastport Center Drive for the duration of the event. Spectators are welcome to leave the start/finish area, grab a coffee or a quick breakfast, and head over to CR N 450E to see their athlete at the 5.5 mile point. Athletes can also be seen from CR N 600 E.
Other questions? Call the United Way of Porter County at 219.464.3583 or email email@example.com.