Run the State series crosses finish line Aug. 11

posted by Brent Brown on August 6, 2018 Run the State logo

From a chilly April morning run at Indiana Dunes to midsummer hikes in gorgeous Clifty Falls, this year’s Run the State 5K and Hike Series has crisscrossed the Hoosier heartland and brought hundreds of State of Indiana employees out for early morning jaunts through some of the state’s most beautiful parks.

There were bison aplenty (and a special program about the herd) when employees ran through Ouabache State Park in July, and, in spite of steamy summer temperatures, hikers at Harmonie State Park still managed to have a great time June 30.

The 2018 series crosses the finish line this Saturday, Aug. 11, at Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence with a pair of 5Ks. The first begins at 8:30 a.m. and is followed by the concluding run/walk of the series at 10:30 a.m.

Indiana Dunes pic

The chilly kickoff to this year’s Run the State 5K and Hike series set a new attendance record April 28 at Indiana Dunes State Park.


Very warm weather greeted hikers at Harmonie State Park June 30.

There is plenty to see and do at the historic park, which is named after President Benjamin Harrison. Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States and, to date, is the only Indiana native to hold the nation’s highest office. The grandson of President William Henry Harrison, “Little Ben” served from 1889 to 1893.

The 1,744-acre park bearing the president’s name was dedicated in 1906 –five years after his death at the age of 67. Then-President Theodore Roosevelt presided over the dedication ceremony.

Today, the park features the Museum of 20th Century Warfare and is ideal for walking, running, biking and hiking, all of which would have been to the liking of famed “Rough Rider” Roosevelt.

Many available shelters ensure a great picnic too!

The course set for the Run the State 5K is paved and stroller friendly, so feel free to bring along children and pets! And if your four-legged friends join the race, stay after and introduce them to the 11-acre dog park.

Ouabache State Park photo

More than 100 people signed up for the July 14 5K at Ouabache State Park.

After you finish the run/walk, don’t forget to snap a selfie in your race bib. Upload that finish line photo to to earn 250 Go365 points!

Guests will pay a $7 fee to enter Fort Harrison, but all are encouraged to stay after the run/walk and enjoy all the park has to offer.

Clifty Falls photo

A series of hikes took place July 28 at Clifty Falls State Park.

The end of this year’s great series of 5Ks and hikes looks to be just as much fun as the events that preceded it.

We hope to see you at Fort Harrison this weekend!

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