TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tomorrow will see a lot more people running outside than usual. Saturday is the Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K.
Tomorrow is the tenth annual event. Proceeds from the event support PALS, the Purdue Athletes Life Success program. The program runs a summer camp for underserved youth in Tippecanoe County.
80 thousand dollars has been donated to PALS from the half-marathon since 2012.
The Half-Marathon starts and ends at Ross-Ade Stadium. The course covers the Purdue campus and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Significant road blockages will be up tomorrow until the event ends at noon.
Purdue Police Sgt. Nick Crosby said everything north of State Street, east of McCormick Road, south of Stadium Avenue to Northwestern Avenue will be restricted to vehicle traffic.
Expect on-campus parking to be restricted. As runners leave the roads, they will be reopened. Course maps and a full list of road closures are available online.
If you noticed the absence of runners last Fall, that's because the half-marathon was cancelled due to COVID.
Event Director Don Carr says the one year hiatus did have an impact; participation is down this year, but not by much.
Carr says the event is safer at this point in the pandemic.
"This year, with the vaccines in play, and the fact that this is all a hundred percent outdoors, we do our social distancing by the simple fact that we have 13 miles of road to social distance at," Carr told News 18. "So actually, it's a very safe event, I think for that purpose."
Online registration is still open until 8:00 am Friday. Sign-ups are also happening in person at the new Wellness Center in West Lafayette.
Registration is also available Saturday morning before the race at Ross-Ade Stadium until 8:00 a.m.