AVON — The dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway regularly plays host to stunning feats of horsepower.
Later this month, runners will get a chance to burn a different kind of rubber at the iconic track during the second annual Dragstrip Dash, presented by First Merchants Bank and Indiana University Health West Hospital.
The event features competitive 5K and 10K races and a children’s mini dash, which will benefit the education foundations of Hendricks County schools.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase a truly unique community asset in a totally different way,” Craig Emsweller with Lucas Oil Raceway said in a press release. “And, it’s been our goal for a long time to find a marquee charity event to host in our facility, and given the success of last year’s race, we think this is it.”
Runners in the 5K and 10K races get to hit every course on the Lucas Oil Raceway campus: the road course, the oval, and the quarter mile dragstrip.
The children’s mini-dash is a sprint on the world-famous dragstrip. The runs will take place under the lights with the races called over the loudspeaker, just like during an auto event.
Dragstrip Dash trophies are considered among the most unique in running: a piston from an authentic dragster, donated this year by John Force Racing.
Pistons go to the top three finishers, men, and women in each race, the fastest quarter mile, men, and women in each race, and the fastest boy and girl in the mini-dash.
Guests will enjoy many fall favorites again at this year’s event, like the jack-o-lantern lined course and a s’mores station. Participants and their families are invited to stick around after the event to enjoy fall activities. The concession stands will be open, serving up seasonal favorites.
“The first Dragstrip Dash was an absolute blast and raised $3,000 for its beneficiary,” IU Health West Marketing and Community Outreach Director Cathy Stoll said in a press release. “It’s exciting 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 our schools is a win for everyone. As budgets tighten, every dollar we can earn makes our local students’ school experience even better.”
Race day packet pickup begins at 4 p.m., with the children’s mini-dash beginning at 6 p.m. and competitive races beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost to enter the race is $20 and includes an event T-shirt and goody bag. Entry in the mini-dash is free. Visit the website at www.dragstripdash.com to register for this year’s event.