- *Colts Back to Football Run, presented by Indiana University Health, expects to welcome 2,500 fans on Sat., August 24th *
- Runners finish on the 50-yard line; ticket bundles available for game day & race day
- Event is part of NFL Back to Football Run Series, includes Colts PLAY 60 Fun Run for kids, post-race tailgate party, register at NFLRunSeries.Com/Colts
Indianapolis, IN – The Indianapolis Colts and Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) today announced a new event for NFL fans to combine their love of running with their passion for the hometown team at the Colts Back to Football Run, presented by Indiana University Health. The 2013 race is set to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, August 24.
The Colts Back to Football Run invites fans to share in the glory of the gridiron while supporting a healthy and active lifestyle by completing a 5K (3.1 mile) distance. Participants will have the unprecedented opportunity to finish their race on the 50-yard line at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
"The return of football season in Indianapolis is truly a special feeling of excitement and anticipation and this is a great event for fans to come together and celebrate their team in a positive and healthy way," said Stephanie Pemberton, Indianapolis Colts Sr. Director of Marketing. "We're proud to be part of a series of races that also supports the league's commitment to healthy families and our PLAY 60 initiative to combat childhood obesity."
A post-race tailgate party will take place after the race and all participants will receive an official race shirt. The event also includes a Colts PLAY 60 Fun Run that also finishes on the field.
The race takes place prior to the Colts' third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, set for 7:00pm at Lucas Oil Stadium. Runners who register for the Colts Back to Football Run are invited to purchase tickets to the game for $50, ahead of sales to the general public.
The NFL Back to the Football Run Series features 5K and 10K races in partnership with the NFL and several of its Member Clubs. More than a dozen Clubs are expected to hold races in their respective cities in 2013. A majority of the running events will take place in conjunction with the opening weekend of the NFL season and many will include Fan Fests, autograph opportunities and NFL skill challenges.
"We're thrilled to see this series grow and be embraced by more teams around the country as running continues to evolve and reach new participants," said Jamie Monroe, Event Director of the NFL Run Series. "The NFL Back to Football Run Series welcomes families and fans of all ages to enjoy a fun day of celebration, while also making the positive choice to get moving and have a healthy lifestyle."
The Colts Back to Football Run is presented by Indiana University Health and supported in part by WISH-TV.
"Improving the health of the community is central to the mission at IU Health and tackling Indiana's obesity problem is one of our key focus areas as a statewide health system," said Ron Stiver, Senior Vice President of Engagement and Public Affairs at Indiana University Health. "This event offers a great way for Hoosiers to support our Colts while participating in healthy physical activity."
"WISH-TV has made 2013 the year of G8 (Great) Heath for our viewers. The Colts Back to Football Run provides our viewers a fun, healthy way to get the whole family involved," said Jeff White, WISH-TV president and general manager. "We're excited to join forces on this event, with the Indianapolis Colts and IU Health, two great partners also committed to helping Hoosiers live healthier lives."
Event registration is now available. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit NFLRunSeries.com.
*About the Indianapolis Colts
The franchise has won four World Championships. Since relocating to Indianapolis, the Colts have won nine division titles, including five consecutive AFC South crowns from 2003-07. The Colts are the only NFL team to have 12 victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the highest decade total in NFL history, and the team's 23 consecutive regular-season wins (2008-09) set another NFL record. The club won Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season, and the Colts reached Super Bowl XLIV after winning the AFC title during the 2009 season.*
The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in the community and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana. Leading by example, we hope to encourage and inspire our fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back. Our goal is to create lasting philanthropic partnerships and maximize those relationships for the betterment of our community, thus, building a legacy of goodwill as we share the heart behind the horseshoe.
*About Indiana University Health
Named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation's leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.*
Since 1954, WISH*-TV has continued to set the standard for television excellence in Central Indiana. WISH-TV has been honored as "Television Station of the Year" by the Indiana Broadcasters Association and "Outstanding News Operation," "Best Newscast" and "Best Website" by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association. 24-Hour News 8 provides around the clock news, weather and information through its television newscasts and WISHTV.com digital platforms. WISH-TV, a CBS affiliate, is a LIN Media station serving more than 1,500,000 households. (Estimate according to Indianapolis Nielsen Station Index). LIN Media (TVL) is a local multimedia company that operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, along with a diverse portfolio of web sites, apps and mobile products that make it more convenient to access its unique and relevant content on multiple screens. *