INDIANAPOLIS – So many things make this the ideal time to take a nice long run in the Midwest.
Actually, it’s even better if you want to take a really, really long jog.
“This is perfect weather for distance runners to get out or any runners,” said Keith Meyer, who is apart one of those running events run by Timex. “You can run in shorts and a T-shirt in 55 degrees and it’s just ideal.”
That’s why two of the biggest marathons–the Chicago and New York City–take place between late September and early November when the conditions are cool but not too cold.
It’s also why a new type of relay emerged this past year that gets 22 cities in the middle of these 26.2 mile races. Timex, in conjunction with the release of its new smartwatch, launched an 800-mile relay to be run over the next month with a collection of runners throughout the Midwest and the East Coast.
As part of the “Timex One Relay” every mile run by the participants will earn $100 for a charity of the runner’s choosing.
“The charity component is what gets a lot of these people out here,” said Meyer, who helped the nine Indiana runners take part in the relay on Sunday during its stop in the Circle City. “One person this morning even said, ‘I was tired but I went that extra half mile because I was running for a purpose.'”
Two of those doing so at Eagle Creek Park on Sunday were Carmel resident Jeannie Taylor and Indianapolis’ Amanda Blystone. The pair put in about 40 minutes of running to raise money for their own charities as part of the event.
Both take part in “Charity Miles”–a smartphone app that allows runners to raise money for a particular cause–and it was through that organization that they got a chance to participate in Sunday’s relay.
“It’s nice to earn money for a charity for something you do anyway,” said Blystone, who raised funds for “Girls on the Run” Sunday.
Taylor decided to the money earned towards Feeding America in what’s was a very unique workout for the long time runner.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been apart of something like this, so it’s kinda cool,” said Taylor, who ran on the same kind of day that’s ideal for running or even raising a little money for charity.