The Midwest Mile
Oct 28

The Course

The race will take place on Horizon Indy’s south campus. The start/finish line will be located at the east end of the pavilion.

This race will have two courses – Paved and Trail. The paved course is a half-mile loop that will have to be completed twice in order to count as a mile. The trail course is a rough-hewn and hilly one-mile trail run through the woods with over 100 feet of elevation. Both courses will continue for 12 hours. The trail course is the competitive race in which a winner will be declared.

The Cost for Glorious Misery

$100/Family 4+

Who is this for?

This race is for anyone who can run/walk a mile and doesn’t mind having a wonderfully miserable time doing so.

This race is presented and put on by Horizon University. All proceeds go to support and help further cultivate Jesus-following leaders.

How the Race Works

The race starts at 9am. You will run/walk a mile lap. Every time you cross the start finish line, your mile will be registered. This happens for 12 hours. You go as long as you can/want. The race ends at 9pm Saturday night.

Official Rules

-After completing each lap, you must be sure that your lap is registered and validated.
– Runners can have a rest area where they can store food and other race items.
—No runner may accept aid while on the course
1. In the event that two or more runners have completed the same number of laps by the end of the race 9pm, there will be one more lap where the winner will go to the one with the fastest lap.

Race Schedule and more details

Schedule of Events
Friday 6-7 pmCourse Preview
Saturday  8 amRegistration
9 amRace begins
9 pmRace ends

Q. What kind of food will I need to bring for the race?
A. Check out the “food” tab under here.

Q. Is this a super competitive elite race? 
A. Maybe, and no. This race is for all people regardless of running experience. You can run one mile or 70. It’s up to you and what your body can handle. You can come and have fun and/or push yourself beyond your known limits. 

Q. Can I run with a group?
A. Yes, all you need to worry about is completing each lap. You can do so with anyone you want.

The Pavilion

The pavilion will be where the start/finish line is located. The building will also serve as the place where each runner will have an area for a chair and a small cooler. Bathrooms and showers are located 147 feet from the pavilion (be sure and time things well). This area will be lighted throughout the night.


We will have food available for purchase from 9 am to 9 pm.

For a 12-hour endurance run, it’s essential to have a variety of foods and drinks that provide sustained energy, hydration, and are easy to consume while running. Here’s a list of some options to consider:


Energy Gels: These provide quick, easily digestible carbohydrates for a rapid energy boost.
Energy Bars: Choose bars high in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and low in fiber for easy digestion.
Bananas: A great source of potassium and carbohydrates to prevent cramping.
Oranges: High in vitamin C and natural sugars to replenish energy.
Peanut Butter Sandwiches: A mix of protein and carbohydrates in a convenient form.
Trail Mix: A mix of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate for a balanced energy source.
Boiled Potatoes: Provide carbohydrates and potassium to prevent muscle cramps.
Pretzels: A salty snack to help replenish sodium lost through sweat.
Rice Cakes: Easily digestible carbohydrates that can be customized with toppings.
Chicken or Veggie Broth: Warm, salty broth can provide electrolytes and warmth during cool runs.


Water: Proper hydration is crucial. Carry a water bottle or use a hydration pack.
Electrolyte Drinks: Sports drinks or electrolyte tabs help replace lost minerals.
Coconut Water: A natural source of electrolytes.
Watermelon Juice: High in water content and provides hydration.
Ginger Tea: Can help settle the stomach and provide warmth on colder runs.
Additional Tips:

Experiment with these foods during your training to see what works best for you.
Maintain a regular eating schedule to keep your energy levels steady.
Don’t wait until you’re hungry or thirsty to eat or drink; do so at regular intervals.
Consider any dietary restrictions or allergies when selecting your food and drink options.
Remember that every runner is different, so it’s important to find a combination of foods and drinks that work best for your body and provide the necessary sustenance to complete a 12-hour endurance run comfortably. Consulting with a sports nutritionist can also provide personalized guidance.