Runners and Walkers Coming Through Ferdinand with the 11th Annual Heartland Half Marathon on September 16

Ferdinand– Heartland Half Marathon, 5K, Team Challenge, and Kids Fun Run is fast approaching, taking place on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 in Ferdinand, Indiana. 

On that Saturday, the half marathon and team challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. (ET) with the 5K start at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Grab a friend or a family member to cheer the runners on along the route. Signs, music, or just good, old-fashioned clapping along with words of support go a long way in encouraging a runner or walker to keep pushing toward the finish line. Let’s show this year’s participants what Hoosier hospitality is all about!

The Heartland Committee would like to remind the Ferdinand community to yield to race participants and be courteous to our volunteers who are protecting the runners and walkers. Also, to keep everyone safe, we ask that those who live along the race route, please be sure to keep your pets secure Saturday morning from 7:30am-11:30am.

To view the 2023 Heartland race routes, please visit:

There is still time to register for the events. Online registration is available until September 13th with in-person registrations available at Friday's packet pick-up and day of race as well. Cost to register is $80 for the half marathon, $30 for the 5k, $35 for the Team Challenge, and $25 for the Kids Fun Run.

On that Friday, The Kids Fun Run takes place, beginning at the Tri-County YMCA. Day of registration is available from 11 am until 6:15 pm with the fun run starting at 6:30 pm ET. Kids activities include: face painting, hair dying, yard games and more.

Be sure to stick around after the events on Saturday, as the fun will continue in 18th Street Park for the annual Ferdinand Folk Festival. This FREE festival features a unique, family and earth-friendly opportunity to share a day of live music, art, and environmental/wellness education. A variety of food trucks and vendors will be available to purchase lunch and dinner. Bring your lawn chairs, cooler & blankets for a relaxing day in the park! For more information on the Folk Festival visit

For more information, visit or contact Visit Dubois County at