5th annual running of the indie july 28

BENSON – The Indie, north Omaha’s premier road race, will celebrate its fifth birthday Sunday, July 28, in conjunction with Benson Days 2019. The event, hosted by the Benson Neighborhood Association, is presented by 1912. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Citylight Arts Project, an arts nonprofit that seeks to grow the Benson renaissance through empowering the next generation of creatives.

Online registration for the 10K and 5K races, considered to be among the region’s most challenging courses due to the neighborhood’s hilly terrain, ends July 24 at noon at www.theindieomaha.org/registration. The cost is $30 per solo artist (individual runner) and $25 per band (team member). A band is five or more members. For those who miss the online deadline, cash-only registration is available:

  • Thursday, July 25, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at 1912, 6201 Maple Street
  • Saturday, July 27, during the Benson Days Street Festival at the 1912 booth
  • Sunday, July 28, at race headquarters from 7:00 to 7:30am

Activities will get under way at 8:00am July 28 at race headquarters, located at 6201 Maple Street in downtown Benson. New this year is birthday cake at the finish line and 2019 race T-shirt sales at race headquarters. Boone, the official mascot of The Indie, will preside over race day activities. Block 59 Design Group in downtown Benson is the 2019 official mascot sponsor.

The public is encouraged to line the race routes and cheer runners along the way. Race organizers have named the top 3 hills in the race:

  • Mount Evee, named after the winner of the inaugural Indie Pet Parade held last month, is located at 60th and Grant streets. Mount Evee is sponsored by the little gallery | benson.
  • Mount Erastus, located at 56th and Grant streets, is sponsored by Benson Law Center.
  • Mount Benson, located at 53rd and Pratt streets, is sponsored by Premier Physical Therapy.

A free 100-yard kids’ dash will follow the completion of the 10K and 5K races. There is no need to register, and participant prizes will be awarded while they last.

The after party will take place high above Benson on 1912’s rooftop deck. The prize pack includes:

  • Gold records for the overall 10K male and female winners as well as $100 cash
  • Gold records for the overall 5K male and female winners as well as $100 cash
  • $50 cash for the youngest runner
  • 5 $25 gift cards from 1912 to the team with the best time
  • A Benson Brewery draw glass to the winners in each age category

Allstate Insurance Company/Azizi & Associates Inc. is the 2019 cash sponsor of The Indie.

For more information, contact The Indie at 402.681.1901 or info@theindieomaha.org.

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