Indiana > Parke County Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 50K
Bridgeton, IN • Sunday, May 27, 2012 • Course Map
Cancelled for 2012
Billed by the race organizers as "the most scenic course you'll ever run that doesn't involve mountains," the Parke County Marathon is the opposite of a big-city race in every way. There are no industrial stretches to run through, no shopping centers with neon signs, and no rushing traffic along the roadways -- just plenty of rolling hills and covered bridges to run through here in this small town in western Indiana.
Featuring five race distances -- including a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a 50K -- the Parke County races take runners through a part of the country that's a long way from the modern trappings of much of the rest of the country -- there are no McDonald's or shopping malls to be seen along the race route.
The home of Mordecai "Three-Fingered" Brown, the legendary major league baseball pitcher of the early 20th century, as well as film and television star Tex Terry, who played in dozens of westerns and western-based television series in the 1940s and 50s, Parke County today still maintains much of what makes it unique, from the covered bridges and mills near Bridgeton to the waterfalls along the Big Raccoon Creek, which flows through town.
Runners in the half marathon share the same starting line as those running the full marathon, near the Bridgeton Covered Bridge. Spanning a waterfall on the Big Racoon, the bridge also lies near an 1820s-era flour grist mill, which locals say is the oldest continuously operating mill of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains. This area also is the site of the city's annual Covered Bridge Festival, which takes place in October each year.
From the covered bridge, runners in the half head out on a route that takes them northward along Bridgeton Road. Along this stretch, runners remain on Bridgeton Road for nearly the first five miles of the 13.1-mile route, which is largely flat and mostly on paved surfaces -- organizers say the terrain for the half marathon (like the full and the 50K) is roughly 75 percent paved roads and 25 percent gravel roads, which are mainly in the areas around the covered bridges.
Once runners are approaching the intersection with County Road 400, they begin the portion of the course that takes them through three covered bridges. The first is along Bridgeton Road, the Neet Covered Bridge that crosses the creek near Rockville, followed by the McAllister bridge along 400 and the Crooks Covered Bridge, as runners are heading from Crooks Bridge Road onto Wimmer Road.
After making the turn back onto Bridgeton Road, runners then retrace their route all the way back to the Bridgeton Covered Bridge for the race finish. The 10K and 5K races take place on Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for the full marathon, half marathon and the 50K.
Weather & Climate
Located in central western Indiana, just over 20 miles northeast of Terre Haute and about 64 miles west of Indianapolis, Bridgeton typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 76°F and 52°F. On the day of the race (May 27), the average high is 79°F and the average low is 54°F, while rainfall totals average just under 4.8 inches, making May the city's second-wettest month of the year.
View the course map for the Parke County Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the the late spring 2012 running of Bridgeton's Parke County Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or 50K race, visit the event website.
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