5 Tips for Enjoying Your Summer Fun Run

With a record-shattering 963 people participating in the first Summer Fun Run of the season at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in Avon, we thought we’d offer some tips on how to enjoy each event based on our experience.

Pre-Register Online

We just added this feature this year, and we’ve already had nearly 1,000 people take advantage of it. You can get online at your leisure throughout the week, enter your name, email address, and t-shirt size at least 24 hours prior to your first Summer Fun Run, and you’ll already be in our database at check-in.

Then at check-in, we just have to pull up your name and click a box that you’re there. That’s much faster than having to enter everyone’s information at check-in.

You only have to pre-register once this year, and then you’ll be in our database for all of the Summer Fun Runs.

Take advantage of this time-saver by clicking here.

Check In After You Walk or Run

Nothing says that you have to check in with us before you run or walk the one-mile or 5K course. You can get your exercise first and then check in if the line is too long when you arrive.

Arrive Later

The biggest rush at check-in is within the first 30 minutes of the Summer Fun Run. If your schedule allows for it, try arriving after 6:30 p.m. when most of the participants have already checked in — and even completed the course and left. This will also help you find a parking spot.

We try to get up and running by 5:30 p.m., depending on how many of our staff members are available and where the event is located, so arriving early might be a possibility, but arriving between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. ensures that we’ll be there.


If possible, carpool. In addition to the environmental benefits, bringing the whole gang in one vehicle instead of four vehicles helps with parking lot congestion.

Check our Facebook Page and Website for Weather-Related Concerns

We hold our Summer Fun Runs in rain or shine, with the exception of severe conditions that threaten the safety of our participants and staff, such as lightning and tornado watches or warnings.

If we have to cancel an event, we will do our best to make that decision by 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Of course, severe weather can show up after 5 p.m., too, as happened once at McCloud Nature Park last year, so check the radar and weather forecast before you come out — and also check our Facebook page and the Summer Fun Run page on our website for any information about cancellations.

Information will be posted first to Facebook and then on our website.

If we cancel an event, everyone will receive credit for attending so that no one’s quest for a t-shirt is jeopardized.

We hope these tips help you enjoy the 2017 Summer Fun Run Series, and we look forward to seeing you at area parks throughout the summer!