Run the State wraps up another year of fun runs and hikes

posted by Brent Brown on August 28, 2019 RTS logo

Four fun-filled months, five gorgeous Hoosier State parks, and hundreds of dedicated state of Indiana employees combined to create yet another successful Run the State 5K and Hike Series.

The Invest In Your Health initiative crossed the finish line Aug. 17 at Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence, ending a season that brought educational hikes and fun walks/runs that stretched to nearly every corner of the state. The weather wasn’t always the most cooperative, but the common thread that linked the events (other than an often less-than-ideal forecast) was a focus on well-being.

There was also plenty of fun.

Participants like Venetta Keefe, an Indiana Department of Transportation employee for more than 20 years, appeared to enjoy the Aug. 17 event in spite of the threat of rain. She said she feels holding the run/walks and hikes in state parks is beneficial for employees as well as for the parks themselves, which always offer plenty of possible post-race activities for employees and their families.

She indicated the time commitment is worth it as well.

“It’s not really about the time, it’s about your health,” she said.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Land Quality Section Chief Nick Staller agreed.

Accompanied by his wife Sarah, who works for Elements Financial, the pair finished the course at a fairly brisk pace.

“It was a good way to start the Saturday off with a good workout,” Nick said.

The Stallers aren’t avid runners, but they do like to stay active, and they believe the annual Run the State series is a great way to do just that. Nick and Sarah have attended the Fort Harrison 5K each year since 2017.

Several dozen other employees also spent the morning gearing up to go for a new personal best on the approximately 3.1-mile course or hitting the scenic trail at their own pace. Dogs of just about every shape and size came along for the fun as well.

This year’s Run the State went by in a blur, so we’re already looking forward to the 2020 series.

Stay tuned to for updates on this exciting wellness initiative, and have a look back at this year’s series in the photos below.


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