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Run the New ‘Beechmont Bolt’ Before Anderson Parade

This year’s Anderson Township Independence Day Parade on July 4 opens with a new twist, a one-mile “Beechmont Bolt” timed run up and down Beechmont Avenue before the parade.

If you’ve dreamed of running down the middle of Beechmont Avenue, free of vehicles, and missed or were too old to take part in last year’s inaugural pre-parade kids fun run, here’s your chance!

Building on the success of last year’s kids' fun run, the Beechmont Bolt experience is an official run, open to all ages. However, it’s limited to the first 500 runners who will run a mile on Beechmont from the Christ Hospital Outpatient Center to King Louis Court (Pinnacle Plaza) and back. The event starts 15 minutes before the parade at 9:45 a.m.

Half of the entry proceeds will be donated to Anderson and Turpin high school athletes. Only runners can participate in the run (no walkers) and no strollers or pets, as the race must be wrapped up on time to allow the parade to proceed. Participants must sign up in advance at

No signup is available on the day of the run/parade.