INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 12, 2016) – On Saturday, Purdue takes-on Michigan and Michigan State plays Maryland during semifinals in the Big Ten Tournament, but outside the court, there’s a lot going on.
Saturday morning, hundreds of runners took-off around Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the annual “Hoops Day 5k.”
More than 500 people participated and 100 of them were students doing the “Marathon in 51 days” challenge. Kids in 4th through 8th grade ran half a mile a day for 10 weeks, completing 26.2 miles on Saturday. Organizers say it’s part of a bigger plan to get kids excited about being active through sports.
“The middle school curriculum program is the biggest program around big ten, we pair them up with universities and they communicate back in forth from January until the tournament and then they do a field trip here,” said, Molly Powell, Indiana Sports Corp Youth Programs Director.
More than 4,000 kids have been participating in youth programs these past two weeks.
On Sunday, there’s pep rally at noon before the championship game at 3 p.m.