Big Ten Hoops Day 5K Returns

The Indiana Sports Corporation announced this week the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K will return for a fourth consecutive year.  The story is below.

(Via the Indiana Sports Corporation) - INDIANAPOLIS – The fourth annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K returns to Indianapolis as part of the 2012 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. The run/walk is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m. and tips off Championship Sunday of the men’s tournament. Registration for the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K is $20 if you sign up in advance at www.tuxbro.com or $25 on-site.

Participants are encouraged to display their favorite Big Ten University’s colors with t-shirts, face paint, flags and more. Music, a stretching station and a basketball shoot-around will help participants warm up before the race. Prizes will be awarded to the 3-point shootout winners as well as to the 13-and-under free throw shooting champions.

The event starts and finishes on Pennsylvania Street in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and winds 3.1 miles through downtown with the final three blocks running down newly-renovated Georgia Street. Packet pick-up will take place inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse from 9–10:45 a.m. ET on the day of the race, as well as Friday, March 9 (noon-5 p.m.) at the Indianapolis City Market. The first 2,000 registrants will receive a long sleeve Nike Dri-Fit event t-shirt.

Last year’s 5K featured more than 1,300 runners and walkers that represented all 12 Big Ten schools. Purdue University alumni and fans claimed the traveling trophy for being the Big Ten institution with the top individual performances.

For those who are not participating but would like to cheer on their school’s runners, cheer stations will be designated along Georgia Street, the final leg of the event. An award is also given to the best alumni cheer station which Purdue will look to defend from last year. Contact your local alumni club or Craig Lippincott at (317) 237-5000 for more information.

The Hoops Day 5K adds to the overall Big Ten fan experience in Indianapolis that includes 22 Big Ten Tournament games along with the Big Ten Conference Career Expo, Big Ten Thinks Pink, pep rallies and the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership. Youth initiatives include the Big Ten Women’s Tournament Girls Clinic, Big Ten Middle School Curriculum Program, Pen Pal Program & Free Throw Shootout and the Inspiring Sports Tickets program.

The Big Ten Marathon in 51 Days is the youth component of the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K. Approximately 3,900 fifth through eighth graders run ½ mile per day on any five days per week for a period of 10 weeks through March 10. At the end of this time they will have run 25 miles. Schools will select up to 20 students from their team to run the final 1.2 miles of the marathon in the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.

All-session and single-session tickets are now available for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000, and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $120 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 9,500 men and women student-athletes. For more information, visit www.bigten.org. 

Indiana Sports Corp is the sports champion, stimulating economic growth, inspiring healthy kids and creating vibrant communities throughout Indiana. Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Our schedule of events includes NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2011, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, and much more. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.com.

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