Terre Haute Visitor's Guide 2019 - Page 60

Community Life Visitors to Terre Haute can go for par at several city or county golf courses, or visit a work-class bicycle trail in a nearby county park, plus attend music and community festivals as well as spectator and participant sports. In sports, Vigo County will be a hub of cross country and running events in 2019. That includes the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championships along with the Under Armour Pre-Nationals Invitational and Nike Cross Country Regional Midwest Championships at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, east of the Terre Haute Regional Airport. “We had 3,411 runners at the Nike championships event this year, which is the largest race we ever had, and we expect that to reach over 4,000 runners next year,” said David Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau. The course will also host the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, the Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional Championships and the IHSAA State Championship Finals. In swimming, the Indiana State Masters Meet, will be held at the Vigo County Aquatic Center, 2230 Prairieton Road. It is slated for April 6 and 7. The 92nd Annual Indiana Women’s Bowling Championship Tournament, a five-week event, will be held from March 30 to May 5 at the Terre Haute Bowling Center. Ten racing events are scheduled at the Terre Haute Action Track’s 1/2 mile dirt track in the Vigo County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41, with the USAC National Sprint Cars, plus the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars scheduled for Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 2019. If baseball is your game, the Terre Haute Rex - the 2018 Prospect League Champions - begin their 2019 season on May 30. The summer collegiate league season runs through Aug. 6, with home games at Bob Warn Field, 931 N. First St. Tourism is big business in Vigo County, generating $40 million annually, Patterson said. If you want to get into the swing of the action, golf outings are scheduled through the season at Rea Park, the Terre Haute Country Club, Hulman Links, Idle Creek and Mark’s Par 3. For bicyclers, the 300-acre Griffin Bike Park features 16 miles of trails, provides a full-spectrum, destination-riding experience for bikers of all ages, skills and abilities. The park includes challenges such as a floating trail and water ramp. The bike park is located next to Fowler Park in Vigo County, about 11 miles south of Terre Haute off of U.S. 41. Hybrids and mountain bikes are preferable; however, helmets are required. Adult supervision is required for ages 13 and under. Bring a bike light or head lamp to light the trail during evening rides. Check Griffin Bike Park’s Facebook page for updated events or call 812-462-3392. For the entire family, explore three stories of fun, laughter and exploration at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum in the heart of the city’s downtown at 727 Wabash Ave. There’s also the majestic Swope Art Museum, 25 S. 7th St., known for its extraordinary collection of nearly 2,500 works of American art including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the 19th century to the present. The major strength of collection is 60 • Guide to Terre Haute | COMMUNITY LIFE The rope course at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Star the cow visiting the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.