Each year on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, a small town close to where my parents live hosts a 5K to raise money for a local Cross Country team. If you are near LaGrange, IN on Father’s Day weekend, I highly recommend you stopping by to run the Courthouse Classic. The timing works out well for me as I like to go home for Father’s Day anyhow, plus any race I run by my parents is EASY because they are always happy to help with the kiddos while I’m running! Thanks, Grandma & Grandpa Fritz for your enthusiasm and love for your grandchildren!
Although I did not run this year,
for obvious reasons I have ran several years previous so feel qualified to review the race as both a runner and spectator. Michael & I posed for a photo with Aby pre-race.
We also met up with Adella and her hubby, Austin so I grabbed a photo of all three runners.
This race starts and finishes at the courthouse in LaGrange. It’s easy to find in the center of town, surrounded by red brick streets, located on the ONLY thru street. You can’t miss it. Registration is available online, via a mail in form or on race day. The “early bird” fee is $14, with $17 being the cost of race day registration. Very reasonable pricing to enable the whole family to participate by running or walking. There is also a 1 mile fun run for the kiddos that is $9 as an early bird & $12 race day.
Normally, I don’t mention much about sponsors
unless I’m contracted to do so but this race is sponsored by the local supermarket, Millers SuperValu. And let me say, if you can run a race where a supermarket is a key sponsor, do it. Lots of loot! Each year when I pick up my race packet, they hand me an envelope with my shirt, bib/timing chip, & safety pins plus a large brown grocery bag filled with…… GROCERIES! Each year, they hand me the bag, I’m confident that my race fee has just been exchanged for food for the family.
My goodie bag items are on the left side of the shirt, Aby’s goodie bag is on the right side. Last year was the first year I registered Aby. Due to her age, and the popularity of their one mile “fun run”, the race director sent me an email and asked me if I had intended to register Aby (age 9 during the 2011 race) for the 5K or if I wanted to change her to the fun run. I thanked them for the inquiry
and giving a shit and responded that Aby would be running the 5K. At packet pick-up, they had a special bag set aside with Aby’s name on it. Rather than giving her groceries, they put together school supplies, candy, juice pouches, and a plethora of kid-friendly items. Huge thumbs up! They did the very same thing this year! Thank you, Miller’s SuperValu!
This race also takes good care of the spectators and community members who come out for the event. They are grilling dogs, brats & nitrate free meats before the race even takes off, in addition to having drinks, muffins, subway subs, cookies, cupcakes, local grown potato chips and a ton of other items for everyone present.
The race course, although not exciting, is an easy to follow out and back, USAT certified route. They also offer chip timing
but there isn’t a mat at the start line so it’s just a convenience for data gathering purposes. And it’s guaranteed to be hot and steamy with a 9am EST start time. This race is ALWAYS hot, don’t plan to run too fast cuz it’s probably not going to happen but they do have 1 water stop, which you can hit 2x if you are able to duck in on the return route, plus the finish is down hill. Sweet race, really.
Last year, this was Aby’s 3rd race ever and she ran a 33:19. She looks tiny standing next to me in the 2011 photo.
This year, she looks like a freight train running to a 30:37 finish. I love the little boy who really doesn’t want to be chicked but really can’t do anything about it. :)
And my girl, Adella took 2nd in her age group! Goooooo, Adella! Here is a pic of me & Adella from the archives. This girl is not afraid to get out and run regardless of the weather. That’s my kind of running partner! Great job, Adella!
Overall, the Courthouse Classic is a great race. I encourage you to take the family and give it a try. Small town friendliness and hospitality with a pre/post race buffet of food that anyone would love. Go run, then eat! I’ll see you there for 2013!
Oh, and don’t forget to stop at Foltz’s Bakery as you are leaving town, best chocolate cream filled subs you will EVER taste, promise! And now you know why I run, cuz I LOVE to eat! :)
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