Fifth Annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K Tips Off Championship Sunday

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INDIANAPOLIS - The fifth annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K returns to Indianapolis as part of the 2014 Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. The run/walk is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 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 online at www.tuxbro.com. You can also register for $25 on-site the day of the event.

The event starts and finishes in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and winds 3.1 miles through downtown with the final three blocks running down vibrant Georgia Street. Pre-event packet pick-up will take place on Friday, March 14 (noon-5 p.m.) at the Indianapolis City Market. An additional BlueMile packet pick-up will be scheduled for Thursday, March 13 (noon-5p.m.) at the BlueMile in Broad Ripple. On-site packet pick-up will take place on Sunday, March 16 (9-11 a.m.) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The first 2,000 registrants will receive a long-sleeve event t-shirt.

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. The 2012 5K featured nearly 2,000 runners and walkers that represented all 12 Big Ten schools. Indiana University alumni and fans claimed the traveling trophy for being the Big Ten institution with the top individual performances.

The top three overall finishers (male and female) will receive prizes along with the top age-group finishers (male and female). In addition, the "Most Spirited Male and Female Participant" and the alumni association who hosts the best cheer station along the route will also receive awards. Contact your local alumni club or Craig Lippincott at (317) 237-5000 for more information.

Indiana Sports Corp is proud to work with retail running specialist BlueMile to get even more runners and walkers involved in this year's event. Check them out at www.bluemile.com.

The Big Ten Marathon in 51 Days is the youth component of the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K. Approximately 2,000 fifth through eighth graders run ½ mile per day on any five days per week for a period of 10 weeks through March 14. 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.

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.

All-session and single-session tickets are sold out for the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. Tickets for the Women's Basketball Tournaments are still available and 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 provide in excess of $141 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,200 student-athletes playing on more than 300 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 26 official conference sports, 13 for men and 13 for women, and will add men's and women's lacrosse as the 27th and 28th official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

Indiana Sports Corp's mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation's first sports commission. Our recent and upcoming schedule of events includes NCAA Men's and Women's Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2015, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, and much more. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.


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