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September 10, 2012

Speedway Spectacular returns this weekend

SPEEDWAY — Race season in Speedway may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down.

The Speedway Trails group is holding its fifth annual Walk/Run/Ride event Sept. 15 with a goal of expanding the trail system in town, as part of the Speedway Spectacular festival.

Check-in starts at 7 a.m. in shelter one at Leonard Park for the 3.4- or 4.5-mile trail route that takes a loop around Speedway, highlighting the history of the town and moving into Eagle Creek Park for a more scenic aspect. Bicyclists start at 8 a.m. while runners will start at 8:15 and 8:20 a.m.

The event began as a collaboration with the B&O Trail Association as the Speedway Trails connect west into Hendricks County.

“Part of the (B&O Trail) is in Speedway ... a mile and a half of it,” said Beverly Katterhenry, president of Speedway Trails. “In order to get support, we need a five-mile loop. Our trail includes two abandoned railroads, the B&O Trail on the southern part, and is connected by Main Street. On the west side it’s connected by Eagle Creek Trail.”

The circle the trail will travel goes through historic Speedway, up Main Street, and through the Eagle Creek Trail — encompassing woods, shopping centers, and a natural dirt path.

“You can see a little bit of everything,” Katterhenry said. “To connect downtown to the cultural trail, the B&O Trail needs to go all the way downtown. We chose a five-mile loop in Speedway because there’s a bridge missing and we can’t go west until we get our trail developed, and then we can connect.”

Katterhenry said the event usually draws about 120 people and is not a race, but rather a family event. Dogs are welcome as well.

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