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Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010

Bloomington on the run

March 26, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The spring racing season is in full bloom as runners and walkers line up for a variety of races organized or partially supported by the Indiana University community. Whether for a charitable cause, fun with friends, scenic routes, stress relief or exercise, running or walking can be a great way to stay in shape, raise money and create community involvement and fellowship.

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Already racing through spring

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For some races, from popular 5Ks to 26.2-mile marathons, organizers encourage participants to collect pledges, set up fundraising pages, make donations or pay registration fees that go toward humanitarian causes. Jennifer Hurtubise, a coordinator for the Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge, said that any form of support for their cause is as helpful as running the race.

"If your students can't participate in the Challenge they can help by eating at Bucceto's on April 6," she said. "All they have to do is mention the Coach Hep Challenge when paying and 20 percent of their bill will be donated to our event -- every dollar donated brings us a mile closer to reaching our goal."

Below are some of the races being held this spring:

  • March 27: IU Habitat for Humanity 5K Run/Walk. A good way to raise money and support for Habitat for Humanity's projects all over the world. For more information, visit
  • April 3: IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon (and 5K Run/Walk). Begins and ends near Assembly Hall and the IU Memorial Stadium and benefits a scholarship program for Circle of Life cancer survivors. For more information, visit
  • April 18: Homeward Bound Walk. Hoosiers running together to raise money to provide housing and fight homelessness in Indiana. For more information, visit
  • May 1: Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge. Spend a Saturday running, walking or riding a bike to fight cancer. Consists of a 2K and 5K walk/run and 25K, 50K and 100K cycle. For more information, visit