-Post-race festival with music and food from local restaurants and vendors.
-Long sleeve moisture wicking shirts for runners pre-registered by October 1st.
-Flat and fast course with very few turns and intersections. Open race course map PDF here.
-Water stations on the course and energy gels at halfway party.
-Computerized Chip Timing by T&H Timing, Split times at every mile.
-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.
All race proceeds go to the United Way of Porter County’s high school council, the Power of Youth.
Recognizing the teen self-esteem epidemic, the council funds community youth self-esteem programs.
*Photos courtesy of Happy Hoosier Photography and Ideas in Motion Media
COSTS & REGISTRATION
$40 until Monday, August 1st
$45 Tuesday, August 2nd through Friday, September 23rd
$50 Thursday, September 24th through Saturday, October 22th
$55 Race Day Registration: Sunday, October 25th
$2 discount for Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup registered participants
-Online registration expires at 4:00pm October 23rd
-Event registration is 7:00-8:15am at United Way of Porter County
-Race shirts cannot be guaranteed for runners registered after Thursday, October 1st.
-Printable paper registration form available here.
Are there close hotels available?
Country Inn & Suites
2020 LaPorte Ave.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Super 8 Valparaiso
3005 John Howell Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Interested in sponsoring?
View our sponsorship opportunities here.
Please view this Event Map to see parking, registration, post-party and port-a-potty locations.
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 21st from 11AM - 7PM and Saturday October 22nd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.