Carmel parking garage becomes race course for Urban Climb


Although the Urban Climb race will be sheltered from weather, participants will encounter a unique challenge. They will run up, then down, the levels of the Carmel City Center parking garage.


The race is a fundraiser for the Hamilton County Firefighters memorial, a $250,000 project with approximately $100,000 raised already from other events. Marty Day is the race organizer.

“Road races are kind of boring right now. They’re a dime a dozen, and this is going up the ramp inclines,” Day said. “I picked a February date for the garage because it’s empty because the farmers market is not going on and you can get an icy storm and it’ll be dry.”

The race will be 1.5 miles or 3 miles, depending if participants  two laps or one.


Carmel City Center Marketing Coordinator Lindsay Johnson said she is happy to have these sort of events at the center.

“Indiana’s kind of flat, so it provides a different kind of challenge,” she said, adding that participants are encouraged to visit local shops and restaurants after the race.

The race is 8 a.m. Feb. 24 at the parking garage on Veteran’s Way. Since the race will take place in the garage, parking is available at the parking lot to the south of Graeter’s Ice Cream, 864 S. Range Line Rd., and in the Tarkington parking garage.

Participants will be eligible for drawings with prizes featuring local businesses after the run. Cost is $20, with the option to buy a long-sleeved shirt for an additional $10.


Firefighters are invited to participate in the climb wearing full gear. Carmel Fire Dept. Public Information Officer Tim Griffin may be among them.

“There’s a ton of races that happen, and this is different. That’s a big key,” Griffin said. “This will be exciting because you get to come out and do something unlike other races and it goes to a good cause.”

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