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Indiana > Valpo Mini Marathon
Valparaiso, IN



Saturday, April 11, 2009

Event Details

Runners get the chance to run through the "crossroads of America" at the Valpo Mini Marathon, which is quickly becoming an annual spring tradition in Valparaiso, as 2008 will be the fourth annual running of the race. Both participant- and spectator-friendly, this half marathon takes runners on a fast, flat course with only a few small hills on an out-and-back loop course through the streets of the city, the campus of Valparaiso University and past a number of tree-lined city parks.

Thanks to its springtime race date, the Valpo Mini is considered a great training/warm-up run for the Chicago Marathon later in the year, and draws many of its entrants from the greater Chicagoland area (it's just an hour's drive from Chicago, in fact). The race also features a new course layout for 2008 (shown below), and runners are expected to maintain at least a 15-minute-per-mile pace in order to complete the 13.1 miles in time to re-open the streets.

More than 500 runners crossed the finish line for last year's race, and the number of entrants will be limited to 1,000 for this year's race, so be sure to sign up in time.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northwest corner of the state, about 65 miles southeast of nearby Chicago, the city of Valparaiso tends to see mild to cool (and even sometimes cold) weather conditions in the mid-spring season. In April, monthly temperatures average between 60°F and 38°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3.64 inches for the month.


$47 if registered by February 28, 2009
$52 between March 1 - April 7
$62 between April 8 - 11


To reserve your spot in the spring 2009 running of Valparaiso's Valpo Mini Marathon, register online at SignMeUp.com or print out and mail in this downloadable race application.



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