Hit-the-Bricks celebrates 36 years


For 36 years, the Zionsville Optimist Club has organized an annual 5K and 3K run/walk called Hit-the-Bricks as a fundraiser for the organization. This year’s race took place Oct. 6 at Zionsville Community High School with more than 300 participants.

“Thirty six years and no rain,” said Elaine Morrison, co-chair of Hit-the-Bricks.

Uriah Steffen, Hit-the-Bricks amputee participant and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indianapolis’ Donor Services officer, gives participants words of encouragement before the race. (submitted photo)

The event provides funding for youth sponsorships provided by the club. Each May the ZOC awards a $4,000 scholarship to a ZCHS student at Senior Awards Night, funded largely by Hit-the Bricks.

“What’s so great about our run/walk are the number of youth who participate,” said Morrison.

The club estimated that 125 youths participated in this year’s race.

The race’s name is derived from a portion of the course that takes the runners onto Zionsville’s brick Main Street. The course starts at ZCHS and goes onto the Rail Trail, through the Village, then heads to Main Street and circles back to ZCHS for the finish.

The first- and second-place finishers overall were Will Nobbe, 13, and Ryan Handy, 13. The first place female participant was Kate Dimmett, 15. Prizes are given to the first place finishers for men and women with recognition for the quickest in several age categories. All results are available at tuxbro.com/results/2018/bricks18.html.

For more, visit zionsvilleoptimist.org.

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