Inaugural GameDay a Hit at Grand Park

Purdue and Notre Dame were among 13 collegiate schools from around Indiana and Ohio that traveled to Grand Park Sept 14 for the inaugural College GameDay Softball Tournament at Grand Park. It attracted more than 2,500 fans.

Bullpen Tournaments, which organizes softball and baseball events at Grand Park and created GameDay, already is talking about making this an annual event with even more teams. To ignite excitement for the event, Hamilton County Sports Authority provided free tickets to local softball players.

“Coaches loved this as they could show their girls where they could be one day,” said Sarah Billman, sports coordinator at Hamilton County Sports Authority. “It was especially neat to see the college players to compete on the same fields the young girls practice.”

A Race Worth Running To

Carmel Marathon continues to collect accolades. The latest? The travel blog, FlipKey named Carmel one of the top 50 races and marathons worth traveling for. While the marathon is only four years old, it’s already the second largest marathon and the seventh largest half marathon in the state.

Runners like the course, which begins and ends at the Carmel City Center, and winds through streets of downtown Carmel, where runners are greeted with live music at various locations. They also like that the course is flat and fast. The 2014 event set attendance records and drew nearly 20 percent of its runners from Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee.

Plans already are underway for the 2015 race, set for April 18. In addition to the marathon, half marathon and 8K, organizers are adding a 5K. Registration already is underway. Get more information at www.carmelmarathon.com.

Big Ten selects The Fort for Women’s Championship

The 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Women’s Championships will compete at The Fort Golf Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison. While the course technically is in Marion County, Hamilton County Sports Authority will help with ancillary events, volunteers and hotel blocks.

The Fort, designed by renowned architect Pete Dye, opened in 1997 on the former military base. It’s part of the Pete Dye Golf Trail, which includes seven courses designed by the Hoosier native and golf course architect.