FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Dressed in Santa hats and warm clothes for running, hundreds raced downtown in the 2014 Gingerbread Pursuit. The four mile race helped promote the Gingerbread Festival at the History Center by giving participants and one guest free admission.
As is tradition, runners received gingerbread cupcakes from the Vanilla Bean Bakery and gingerbread cookies from Pembrorke Bakery. Mitch Harper, race director, said next year the organization has already booked the Allen County Courthouse for refreshments after the race.
Harper helped start the race a few years ago to give people something to do in December.
“People are looking to have fun during the holidays and runners are always looking for an opportunity, and Fort Wayne really didn’t have a Christmas or holiday themed run,” Harper said.
The four mile race started at the Cinema Center in downtown Fort Wayne and continued along the Rivergreenway and past the Old Fort. Runners turned down Harrison Street to cross the old Lincoln Highway Bridge and finished on Main Street in front of the Rousseau Center.