INDIANAPOLIS – The 3rd Annual 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, resulted in the closest finishes in the event’s history. As Indiana’s only Endurance Race, the shadows of Hinkle Fieldhouse provided some shade as the runners competed to see how many miles they could endure over the 8 hours. The event is produced by Carmel Road Racing Group.
The 8-Hour Dream Endurance is the Road Runners Club of America Endurance Race State Championship, awarding winners state championship titles along with a cash purse.
The top three males and females and their corresponding distances completed are:
- Travis Shields, 40, Indianapolis, IN – 51.49 miles (new event record)
- Jon Petysowski, 26, Palatine, IL – 49.07 miles
- Terry Kent, 39, Greenwood, IN – 47.18 miles
- Emily Bello, 31, Louisville, KY – 47.18 miles
- Lauren Manual, 34, Indianapolis, IN – 44.23 miles
- Lisa Pratt Ward, 42, Haiti – 44.08 miles
The Overall Team Champion was awarded to “bluerub™ endurance team”, a four-person team. They completed 65.25 miles over eight hours. The second place team was the “Navajo Rangers”, a Chinese American team, at 64.64 miles. “Why Are We Doing This” finished third with 64.26 miles.
Male winner Travis Shields was competing in the event for the first time. Jon Petysowski was the third place finisher in 2016 so that makes back-to-back podiums for him.
Emily Bello placed third overall; beaten by only two men. Bello finished second in 2016. Lauren Manual finished 6th overall; beaten by four men and one woman. Lisa Pratt Ward was last year’s female winner and 7th overall this year.
About 8-Hour Dream Endurance – The 8-Hour Dream Endurance race is Indiana’s only endurance event. The event is held on the grounds of Butler University in the shadow of historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The course uses Hinkle’s front lawn as the tent village and takes runners around the Butler Bowl to the Indianapolis Tow Path, through park trails, by Holcomb Garden and back to Hinkle Fieldhouse. For more information go to www.8hourdream.com.
About Carmel Road Racing Group – Carmel Road Racing Group (CRRG) is a running event company based in Carmel, Indiana. Our signature events include the Carmel Marathon Weekend in April, Indy Polar Bear in February,8-Hour Endurance Race in July, Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5Kin September and Donut 5K in December. The Carmel Half Marathon (held in conjunction with the Carmel Marathon) and the Indy Women’s Half Marathon are the two fastest growing half marathons in the state. CRRG also manages conference 5K events for non-profit membership and trade associations. Throughout the last eight years, CRRG has planned and executed 5K run/walks in 12 states. For more information go to www.carmelroadracinggroup.com.