By Debra Sigel
Carmel firefighters are planning to host a cold-weather run on the grounds of a local golf course, and the proceeds will help send childhood burn victims to a special summer camp.
“The Foremiler” is the first road race of 2014, and it will offer 400 runners a unique opportunity to run the length of Brookshire Golf Course without the threat of being dinged in the head by a stray golf ball.
The race’s route consists of paths, pavement and eight bridge crossings over four miles through the woods adjacent to Cool Creek.
A controlled-time start will allow runners to spread out on the narrow cart path during the first 300 meters. The course will be marked as if runners were following a trail through the woods.
The race will have separate start times for male and female runners, and it will be chip-timed.
The proceeds from race entry fees and gear purchases will allow firefighters to send kids to the Hoosier Burn Camp during the summer months.
“The camp is located in Brookston, Ind., and is a place where kids to young adults are able to play and forget about all their problems,” said Sean Sutton of the Carmel Fire Department. “It is a worthwhile event where kids can be kids and not worry about how they look. This is a place where everyone has a common bond.”
The Carmel firefighters have also dedicated their time and support by organizing a yearly visitors day. On visitors day the firefighters coordinate a motorcycle ride that starts from Carmel and goes to the camp.
Hoosier Burn Camp was started in 1999 with 17 kids attending – this year it expects to have more than 70 campers, said Cpt. Tony Collins of the Carmel Fired Department.
Collins said the Camp is very grateful to people like Marty Day, the local firefighters and neighboring communities.
“We survive on donations and all of the volunteer counselors,” he said. “(Our motto is) it’s just a place to be a kid.”
The Foremiler ● Brookshire Golf Course in Carmel ● 10 a.m. Jan. 4 ● Entry is $15; T-shirt $16; Sweatshirt $20 ● Prizes are random ● Post-race party at Brockway Pub ● 11:30 a.m. ● 12525 Old Meridian St. in Carmel ● For more information visit www.iwant2run.com/Foremiler.html