1.1 Mile Kids Fun Run Information The 8th annual Heartland Kids Fun Run will take place on a NEW DATE AND TIME; Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Jasper, IN! The Kids Run will be joining with the Heartland Half Marathon, 5k and Team Challenge to have a morning race full of fun and festivities! The race will begin at 10:00 AM (ET) from the Train Depot with the finish at the new River Centre Courtyard. Children ages 4-14 are eligible to enter the 1.1 Mile Kids Fun Run. Those participants ages 4-8 will be required to run with a Running Buddy (age 18 or older). Race Registration includes a t-shirt, participation medal, and goody bag (Shirt size preference and goody bag not guaranteed if registered after August 9, 2021). The first 100 participants to register for the Kids Fun Run will receive a special gift. Running Buddies are not required to register, therefore will not be charged the race fee and will not receive race garb.
Participants will proceed from the start at the Train Depot/River Centre turning right over the Patoka River Bridge
Proceeding onto the River Walk path
The route will include a turn around point and proceed back to the Train Depot/River Centre finish line area
This is a safe route, not on city streets, with no traffic.
After party celebration at the River Centre Courtyard will follow
Heartland Festival Information The Heartland Festival will take place from 8:30-11:00 AM at the River Centre Courtyard. Festivities will include a variety of games, activities, and health information for the whole family to enjoy. In addition, there will be music, performances, face painting, and so much more. The Heartland Festival is free and open to the public.
All paid participants will be awarded a medal upon completion of the race. Post race refreshments and photos will be available at the finish.
Fees: (no refunds) Kids Fun Run - Participants ages 4-14 $20 if registered before August 9, 2021 $25 after August 9, 2021 (After August 9 deadline, not guaranteed t-shirt, goody bag, or medal.) Race day registration will be available. No fee for Running Buddy (who run along with children ages 4-8), however will not receive race garb The Festival is FREE and open to the Public! All event proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of Southwest Indiana. Donations are welcome.
12-Mile Youth Challenge All participants are encouraged to complete the 12-mile Youth Challenge prior to the event. Participants can print the Running Log below or use the Log in this year's race brochure to track 12 miles prior to September 5th. Once participants complete and submit their Log at the registration table on Race Day, they will be entered to win a cool prizes! Click here for the Running Log
Inclement Weather Weather related information will be communicated with participants via email as well as through local media; WBDC-100.9 FM and WITZ–990 AM/104.7 FM. The safety of our participants is first and foremost.
Proceeds Proceeds from the Kids Fun Run and Festival will benefit Girls on the Run of Southwest Indiana. This non-profit is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade and began serving girls in 2015. The mission is to teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. “We believe that every girl --can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, and can change the world.” For additional information about the program, please visit www.gotrswin.org.
Schedule of Events (all times are Eastern Standard) 8:30 AM Heartland Festival Begins 9:00-9:45 AM Registration/Packet Pick-up 9:45-9:55 AM Pre-Race Stretching 10:00 AM Kids Fun Run begins 12:00 PM Festival ends
FAQs Is Race Day Registration available? Yes, Race Day registration is available. Cost is $20. Race t-shirts and goody bags are limited, so be sure to tell your friends, family and co-workers to arrive early to register while shirt sizes and race garb are still available.
Where can I pick up my race packet? Packets can be picked up for pre-registered participants during the Heartland event packet pickup on Friday, September 4th at Downtown Fitness & Running. There will be a race day registration table available on Saturday, September 5th at the Train Depot.
Are participants required to turn in the Running Log? No, the Running Log was designed to encourage kids to get active prior to the Kids Fun Run. All participants who have completed the 12-mile Youth Challenge should turn their Running Logs in at the Registration table on race day (Be sure to include your name and phone number). Only those participants who complete and submit their logs will be entered in the Raffle Prize drawing for a special prize. All other race participants will be entered to win other great prizes which will be announced at the Festival after the Kids Run.
What is a Running Buddy? A Running Buddy is required for participants AGES 4-8. A Running Buddy is a parent, guardian or friend who is 18 years or older who stays with the participant as he/she completes the 1.1 mile course. The Running Buddy should report to the Registration table on race day to sign a Liability Waiver. There is no fee for Running Buddies to participate. Therefore, Running Buddies will not receive a race packet and garb.
What if I have two children who require a Running Buddy? One parent or guardian may run with both children.
Does my child have to wear the race bib (race number) included in the packet? Bibs will include a timing chip which will record participants’ time at the finish. In order to have their time recorded, participants must wear their bib for the entire race. The bib will also include a space to write the child’s name and an Emergency Contact number. Participants should pin their race numbers on the front of their shirts (pins will be found in the race packets). The bib number will also ensure participants to receive a participation medal and post-race refreshments at the finish.
Will there be any water stops along the route? No food and drink will be available along the route, however post-race refreshments will be provided to participants at the finish. Water will also be available to participants before the race.
Are there public restrooms nearby? Yes, a public restroom and portable toilets are available near the start and finish line at the River Centre.
What if I get hurt or cannot finish the race? Safety for our participants is a priority. We will have volunteers along the course to assist runners that may need help during or after the race. A medical tent will be located at Market Street Park and medical staff will be on hand throughout the event. Emergency contact information will be listed on participants’ bibs.
Does everyone running receive a medal? Yes, this is a fun run designed to encourage physical fitness of any level. Each paid participant will receive a participation medal as they cross the finish line.
Is food available at the finish? Water and light snacks will be provided at the finish line for participants. Only participants and their Running Buddies will be offered post race refreshments.
Where do I park on race day? Park at designated Heartland Event Parking.