PRLog - June 24, 2011 - TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Blues at the Crossroads Music Festival in Terre Haute commemorates the area’s history as the original crossroads of America from the earliest days of horse and wagon travel. The historic location is along the old National Road – now U.S. Highway 41) between Indianapolis and the city of Vandalia in Illinois.
Blues at the Crossroads Half Marathon Terre Haute
Blues at the Crossroads Half Marathon coincides with the Blues at the Crossroads Music Festival weekend. Runners start the half marathon at the actual location of the historic crossroads, at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue, near the southern edge of the campus of Indiana State University. From there, runners follow a point-to-point course that takes them in a mostly eastward direction, toward the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Lost Creek Township, which lies just east of the city of Terre Haute.
Mostly flat for its first several miles, the race unfolds along Terre Haute's paved city streets, including the historic Ohio Boulevard for the first couple of miles. The course then turns left and heads north along Brown Avenue in the direction of the Indiana Trail, which takes runners around Indiana State University's Memorial Stadium, and then heads out onto portions of the paved National Road Heritage Trail, which stretches nearly six miles along a former east-west railroad line that once connected Terre Haute with Indianapolis.
The last few miles of the race continue taking runners eastward along the rolling rural roads between Terre Haute and the airport, and then bring runners in to the finish line of the stadium where the NCAA National Cross Country championships take place. There will be water stations every 1.5 to 2 miles and every other stop will have sports drinks available. Everyone wins with a Finisher’s Medal awarded to all who complete the 13.1 mile course.
Hampton Inn Terre Haute is on old National Road - Highway 41 and only 3 minutes from the historic crossroads of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue. Whether you’re running in the half marathon or there to cheer on the athletes and enjoy the music at Blues at the Crossroads, Hampton Inn Terre Haute is your ideal Blues at the Crossroads Hotel. Take advantage of the complimentary buffet breakfast before enjoying all the festivities. Then after a day of running or cheering or both, come back to your fully appointed room with free high-speed internet to relax and recharge to enjoy day two with the help of your Blue’s at the Crossroads hotel – Hampton Inn Terre Haute.
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Hampton Inn Terre Haute offers free high-speed internet access and free breakfast daily. The hotel is convenient to Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Saint Mary-of-the-