April 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue University and the communities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are joining together to sponsor the inaugural Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K, scheduled for Oct. 20.
The event was announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium.
The half-marathon route of 13.1 miles will take runners through campus and portions of both cities, including downtown Lafayette. They will cross the Wabash River to and from the two cities and will be challenged by portions of hills along the route.
The 5K route of 3.1 miles will wind through the scenic campus, with a downhill start taking runners past Ross Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena. The route will continue down the Stadium Mall and along familiar campus streets before leading runners back to the finish line at the stadium.
Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said Purdue seized the opportunity to co-sponsor the event with the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette and the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Purdue Athletes Life Success program, known as PALS, which brings about 500 local children ages 8-14 to campus each summer to boost their self-esteem and teach them about healthy living and good choices through sports.
"We will all bring valuable resources to the table that will make this a successful athletic event for the participants, the university, both communities and the PALS program," Burke said.
The visitors' bureau has longstanding partnerships with Purdue and the two cities to increase tourism, said Jo Wade, president of the visitors' bureau. She said the event is "a great fit for this community."
The event is being managed by Tuxedo Brothers Event Management of Zionsville, Ind. Don Carr, president, is race director of many of the major running events in Indiana, including the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and the Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure. Tuxedo Brothers has managed more than 1,000 fitness events since it was founded in 1984.
"Having the event managed by a reputable, Indiana-owned business like Tuxedo Brothers Event Management not only brings credibility and stability to the event, but it allows us to focus our efforts on making this an event runners enjoy coming back to year after year," Wade said.
Mayors Tony Roswarski of Lafayette and John Dennis of West Lafayette also spoke at the news conference in support of the event.
Training runs leading up the half-marathon are planned.
Registration for both runs began Thursday. Registration information is available online.
The website includes a map of both courses.
More information also is available on the Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K Facebook page.