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Footpower Replaces Horsepower at Inaugural Dragstrip Dash

An IU Health West Hospital Release

— The dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway regularly plays host to stunning feats of horsepower. This October, runners will get their chance to burn a different kind of rubber at the iconic track in the first ever Dragstrip Dash, presented by First Merchants Bank and Indiana University Health West Hospital. The event, a competitive 5K and a unique team relay, is a first for Lucas Oil Raceway, and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase a truly unique community asset in a totally different way. And, it’s been our goal for a long time to find a marquee charity event to host in our facility, and we think this is it,” says Wes Collier, Lucas Oil Raceway general manager.

Runners in the 5K will get to hit every course on the Lucas Oil Raceway campus: the road course, the oval and the quarter mile dragstrip. The run will take place under the lights, with the race called over the loudspeaker the way an auto event would be.

“Runners are hungry for new challenges, so there is a lot to get excited about with this course,” says John Skelton, First Merchants Vice President and an avid runner. “We think the Dragstrip Dash is going to be too cool to pass up. Who wouldn’t want to sprint out of the gate at the same green light that usually sends cars flying down the track at 300 mph? It’s hard not to be inspired by that.”

For novice runners, or those looking for an unusual team event, the relay is a fun alternative. “Not everyone can do a 5K, but in our team relay, each of the team’s four members only needs to be able to handle about a quarter of a mile, then hand off to their teammate,” explains Mary Keevers, First Merchants Central Indiana Marketing Manager. “Since the event will take place so close to Halloween, we’re hoping the teams will have a little fun with it--we look forward to rewarding teams that race in costume.”

Guests will enjoy many fall favorites at this event, like the jack-o-lantern lined course and a s’mores station for kids. Participants and their families are invited to stick around after the event to enjoy fall activities. There will be a DJ on site and concession stands will be open, serving up seasonal favorites!

All proceeds from the Dragstrip Dash will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County. The organization’s mission is to provide high quality, affordable housing to families in need--a hand up, not a hand out. Four families that are working toward Habitat homes in the community will volunteer at the Dragstrip Dash.

“So much good can come from a single event,” says Cathy Stoll, IU Health West Marketing Director. “We’re excited to be part of an effort that gets people moving, whether it is for fun or for a personal best time. To be able to pair that with the opportunity to support an organization committed to improving the quality of life in our community is a win for everyone involved.”

The Dragstrip Dash will be held Saturday, October 27. Registration is available online now at Race day packet pickup begins at 4 pm, with races beginning at 6 pm. All participants will receive free giveaways including a headband for cool weather running, and a reflector for safety.

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