Batesville Parks and Recreation Board members learned about a potential new athletic event at their Dec. 18 monthly meeting.
Bruce Scott proposed celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, with a Brum Woods Trail Run. If approved, this would be the first of four events in different cities organized by a new group called Southeast Indiana Trail Running.
According to him, proceeds in 2014 would be used to purchase event equipment and materials. In 2015, proceeds would be donated to a charity, such as a nearby food pantry or humane society.
Registration would start at 8 a.m. with the 4.5-mile run/walk getting underway at 9 a.m. If walking, an entrant could cover the distance in about an hour and a half, Scott estimated. He expects about 50 at this first event.
BPRB President Bob Fitzpatrick asked if organizers wanted the woods’ trails closed that day to everyone but participants. “Just until noon” was the answer.
Mayor Rick Fledderman asked, “Are you a not-for-profit?” Scott said Batesville-based members will decide soon “which way we’re going to go.”
His concerns about the run/walk are the small amount of parking spaces and lack of restrooms at Brum Woods. Also, participants would have to cross State Road 229 once and Huntersville Road twice at the crosswalk.
Fledderman said he was worried about runners tripping on tree roots and getting injured. “Are you going to give insurance?” he wondered. Scott said if the group becomes a nonprofit, it will be affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America. If Southeast Indiana Trail Running is a limited liability company, it will align with USA Track and Field and gain insurance coverage through one of those entities. The mayor wants participants to sign waivers so the city will be held harmless in case of accidents.
Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer suggested adding a portion of the Liberty Trail near Liberty Park to the proposed course, which would increase the distance by just over a mile. If the race started and finished at the park, “your parking and restroom problems would be solved.” Because of those factors, “I think it’s almost mandatory” to start at the park,” agreed BPRB member Don Karbowski.