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Mounds State Park


March 2, 2024


Race Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2024
Course Length: 15K or 5K
Course Difficulty: Hills 3 / Surface: 2 (1=easy, 5=difficult)

Price: 5K=30$/ 15k=35$/ Kids run Free/ Day of entry $5+/

*if you plan to run most of the series consider a season pass*

One of Indiana's favorite spots for trail running is Mounds State Park. Located in Anderson, is a special jewel in East Central Indiana. Annually, the park hosts DINO and Run the Mounds fall 5 mile race. Mounds offers scenic views of White River and the intriguing ceremonial mounds the park is named for. Mounds is less than an hour drive away from downtown Indianapolis.

The heated pavilion makes a great gathering place for this early Spring race. Heated restrooms and ample gathering room make a chilly race morning much more pleasant.

The race starts just inside the park gatehouse, with 15k starting southward and 5k starting northward. Aid stations are approximately every two miles.

15k runners complete three times through the southern section and two times through the northern (15k only) section. (pass the "LAP/FINISH split twice, then finish the third time through).




We have proudly partnered with The Runners Forum & Altra Running to bring you a bigger and better series! Additionally, Altra & The Runners Forum will be giving away 2 pairs of shoes per event. You must be present at packet pick ups to be eligible to win!


  • ADDRESS: The Runners Forum-Carmel, 620 Station Dr, Carmel, IN 46032

  • DATE: Thursday Feb. 29th

  • Time: 4pm-7pm.

    • If you can not attend packet pick up we will still have the usual day of check in. You must attend packet pick up to be eligible for Altra giveways!




Subject to minor changes. All races are Eastern time.

  • 7:30AM ~ Registration Opens

  • 8:30AM ~ Registration Closes

  • 9:00AM ~ 15K Start

  • 9:10AM ~ 5K Starts

  • 10:30AM ~ DINO Kids Run (free) 1/4-1/2 mile according to venue

  • 11:00AM ~ Award Ceremony 



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Take your bib into Climb Time Indy for a free day pass!



4306 Mounds Rd, Anderson, IN 46017

From Interstate 495:

  •  Take SR 232 east from Anderson, or SR 32 West from I-69 to Mounds Road . The race registration/start/finish is at the Pavilion, just inside the park entrance. 

  • Gate fee of $7 per vehicle ($9 out-of-state) will be required as you enter, or you can purchase an annual entrance pass and enjoy any State Park all year long for $50.Map

Age Groups

Male & Female: 0-9; 10-12; 13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 74-79; 80+

Race Day Rules

  • Race number must be on your front, and visible at all times. 

  • Follow the marked trail – no short cutting

  • Communicate and be courteous when passing or being passed.

  • Headphones (ipods, mp3 players, etc) or dogs are NOT permitted.

  • If you drop out of the race, please let us know at the finish line.

  • There is no time limit, but if you take longer than 2 1/4 hours you may miss awards and experience limited services.


Overall top three in each distance will receive medals. Runners beyond these top spots, who place top three in any age category, will also receive medals. Door prizes will be presented at random at the award ceremony. Random prizes are provided by DINO Sponsors.

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