A longtime road race event in this small town in northeast Indiana, the Fort Wayne Track Club will celebrate the 36th annual running this year of the Parlor City Trot Half Marathon & 10K, which takes runners from the streets of downtown Bluffton on an out-and-back course to nearby Oubache State Park
and back for the finish.
Known for its welcoming, encouraging atmosphere among the few hundred or so runners who come out for the race each year (especially for newcomers to the town as well as first-time half-marathon participants), the race is part of the town's annual Bluffton Street Fair. Most of the race course is run on paved surfaces and is largely fast and flat with a few rolling hills, and takes runners through the State Park as well as along a stretch of the Wabash River known as the Bluffton River Greenway Trail.
Participants run along roughly two and a half miles through Oubache State Park and an additional two and a half miles along the River Greenway Trail (which is accessible year-round to both cyclists and pedestrians) before returning back to downtown Bluffton for the finish line at the Bluffton City Gym on East Market Street.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northeastern corner of the state and about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne, the town of Bluffton (population: about 10,000) enjoys mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the early fall. In September, monthly temperatures average between 75°F and 55°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3.07 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot at the late summer 2010 running of Bluffton's Parlor City Trot Half Marathon, 10-Mile or 10K race, register online at RunRace.com.
Half Marathon Course Map
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