Are you looking for a place to run/ walk/ jog to your heart’s content? Would you want to burn some energy for your littles, at the same time? Or maybe you love to run, but need races that are stroller- friendly? Look no further! We have some upcoming family-friendly race just for you.

June 5Ks and Runs

Location: White River State Park
Race Length: 5K and 1 Mile Family Walk Available
Ages: 5 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Every child needs a hero, and whether you’re running, walking, or flying…you’re having fun and supporting a great cause! Proceeds benefit CASA of Marion County. Superhero costumes are encouraged!

Location: Franciscan Health East Campus
Race Length: 5K and Kid Dash Available
Ages: 10 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

The Race for Kids is aimed to raise awareness and funds for Franciscan Health’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other pediatric departments.  The race will take place from 8-10 am. Immediately following the race, there will be a FREE Healthy Families Fun Fair taking place inside the hospital, with kid-friendly activity booths. 

Location: Baxter YMCA (Indianapolis)
Race Length: 5K or 1 Mile Available
Ages: 5 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Food trucks, face painting, bounce house and more meet you at the finish line. Plus, all participants are allowed FREE entry to the Y’s outdoor pool for the remainder of the day!  All proceeds benefit the Baxter YMCA Scholarship, allowing local families, children, and individuals to participate in YMCA programs, regardless of ability to pay. Luau attire is recommended, so bring on those leis and grass skirts!


Location: Northwestway Park, 5253 West 62nd St, Indianapolis 46254
Race Length: 1.5 Miles
Ages: 4-84
Stroller Friendly: No

Teams compete against similar age teams completing a 1.5 mile course, with up to 8 physical and mental challenges. Each obstacle, game or relay requires teammates to work together.  Teams consist of two members, and can be pairings of adults only, children only, or a combination of the two! Be prepared to get a little dirty and wet as you attempt to conquer these challenges.


Blacklight Run
June 1, 6:30 pm

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Race Length: 5K
Ages: 5 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

It’s recommended that you wear a white shirt to this event. By the end, you will look like you fell into a Ghost Buster’s movie (minus the slime) and covered with different colored Blacklight Run™ UV Liquid Glow. ***Pre-race party, complete with DJ, starts 45 minutes prior to the race and there will be a black light party following the race.


Heroes For The House
June 15, 8:30 am

Location: NCAA Hall of Champions
Race Length: 5K Run/Walk, Mommy Stroll, & Rookie Run Available
Ages: 4 and under FREE
Stroller Friendly: yes

Proceeds from this run help families with children in area hospitals stay at the nearby Ronald McDonald House at little or no cost. Participating in this race is a great way to give back to your community as a family.  You can enjoy pizza, cookies, and water upon completing the race.


T3 Tame The Terrain
June 15, 8 am

Location: Muscatatuck Park, North Vernon
Two Race Options:

  • Tiny Tamers (Ages 4-7, Race Length: 0.5 miles,  15+ mini obstacles)
  • Tamers in Training (Ages 8-12, Race Length: 1 mile,  20+ obstacles)

Stroller Friendly: No

Tiny Tamers/ Tamers-in-Training are race options for our younger obstacle race fans.  This allows them the opportunity to participate in smaller versions of the adult Tame the Terrain obstacle race.  Participants who pre-register online will receive a finisher’s t-shirt and race medal. There are volunteers at every point along the course to help participants at the obstacles.


Ice Cream 5k
June 22, 8 am

Location: White River State Park
Race Length: 5K/ 1 mile/ Baby & Toddler Crawl/Walk available
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

This is a fun event for the entire family!  5K and 1 Mile participants will receive a t-shirt, ice cream, and more swag!  After the race, you can enjoy dancing, face paint, music, awards, and ice cream.  A portion of the proceeds from this race will help benefit Riley Hospital for Children.


New Pal Dragon Dash
June 22, 7:30 am

Location: New Palestine Elementary School
Race Length: 5K/ 1 mile available
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

This is a fun event for the entire family!  5K and 1 Mile participants will receive a t-shirt, ice cream, and more swag!  After the race, you can enjoy dancing, face paint, music, awards, and ice cream.  A portion of the proceeds from this race will help benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

July 5Ks and Runs

Bubble Run
July 6, 7 am

Location:  Indiana State Fairgrounds
Race Length: 5K
Ages: 4 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

White t-shirts are recommended for this event, as you will be running through bubble bogs filled with colored bubbles!


Foam Glow
July 15, 6:30 pm

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Race Length: 5K
Ages: 5 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

This is another course where a white t-shirt is the suggested attire.  Here you will be blasted with glowing foam and lit up by the blacklights that are scattered throughout the course. Along the running path, you will find Foam Glow Zone’s, which are associated with a designated color: green, pink, or orange. All products are 100% natural and non-toxic. At the end of the race, there will be a Foam Glow Party filled with music pumping from a live DJ, glowing foam and tons of blacklights!

Location: Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg
Race Length: 0.5 Mile/ 1Mile/ 2Mile Available
Ages: 4-13
Stroller Friendly: No

A portion of proceeds benefit the Pennsy Trail.

August 5Ks and Runs

Location: Daredevil Brewing Co.
Race Length: 5k/ 1k available
Ages: KIDS DASH 1K Free with Speedway Summer Running Program
Stroller Friendly: No

The Daredevil 5K, formerly known as Hops & Flip Flops, is a fast, flat and fun race through the heart of Speedway. This year there will be a one of a kind medal for adults and a unique reward for the kids. In addition to all participants receiving a cooling towel to beat the heat, you will get your choice of a delicious beer from Daredevil Brewing Co or a scoop of ice cream from their new partner, Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets. Proceeds for this race benefit Speedway Trails.


Tough Mudder- Mini Mudder For Kids
Dates: August 3-4, 7 am (both days)

Location: Ceraland Park, Columbus
Race Length:
Ages
: 5-12 Can participate w/a paid spectator (Ages 18+)
Stroller Friendly: No

This is the ultimate mud experience!  The mini mudder is a smaller version of the tough mudder, containing obstacles for the younger crowd in mind. Get out, get tough, and get muddy!


Donut Judge Me 5k
August 10, 9 am

Location: White River State Park
Race Length: 5K
Ages: 3 and Under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Donut Judge Me 5K… because sometimes your motivation comes with sprinkles on top! This is the only 5K on our list for Summer where you will get to eat half a dozen donuts while running!


Color Run
August 17, 9 am

Location: White River State Park
Race Length: 5K
Ages: 5 and Under FREE (but there is an option to purchase them the full participant kit, including love tee, race bib, tie-dye buff, gold sun tattoo, happy tattoo, reusable tote AND color pack & unicorn medal at finish, if you choose!)
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Dubbed “The happiest 5K on the planet”, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race with an epic Finish Festival. Thousands of Color Runners are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer and finish with a larger than life party with music, dancing, and massive color throws.  You’ve got it- you should definitely wear a white t-shirt to this one, too!


Location: Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis
Race Length: 5K
Ages: Family Rates Available
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Known as the “best flippin’ 5K”, you will see why when flap-jacks are served at the finish line!  You can work for your breakfast, while raising funds and awareness for the continued development of the Far West B & O Trail in Marion County. 

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Race Length: 5K/ Fun Run available
Ages: Child must be 7 years old to race in the 5K without an adult also running.  All ages may participate with an adult companion.
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Experience the thrill of NFL football when you Finish at the 50! All 5K and Fun Run participants will receive an exclusive Colts 5K t-shirt, commemorative medal, and Preseason Game Ticket.

September 5Ks and Runs

Warrior Dash
September 7, 8 am

Location: Ironman Raceway, Crawfordsville
Race Length: 1 mile/5K/10K available
Ages: Must be 10 or older to participate
Stroller Friendly: No

Warriors in training who are too young to run the race can still participate in festivities!  Stop by the Kids Training Grounds, where there will be obstacles and mud for kids to conquer in the festival area. Admission is FREE. Kids must be between the ages of 3-9, potty-trained, and supervised by an adult at all times.

Warrior Dash is an obstacle course race and festival marketed as one anyone can start and anyone can finish.  This is a great race for those adventurous kiddos!