The second annual HERO Half Marathon and 10K will take approximately 400 runners through a diverse course, leading participants through the Indiana Dunes State Park, wetlands, and along the Calumet Trail.

Crystal Sands, race director, explained that the event offers participants views of many different types of landscapes.

"It's gorgeous in the fall, with the leaves changing," Sands said of the race course. "Parts of the course are tree-covered. It's probably one of the most scenic courses I've ever helped organize."

A portion of the proceeds from the HERO Half Marathon and 10K will benefit A Positive Approach to Teen Health, and volunteer groups from local high schools will participate for a donation to their sports programs.

"This event is such a big community collaboration," stated Sands. "We've had help from the Beverly Shores and Chesterton communities, Indiana Dunes State Park, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, Porter County Sheriff's Department, and Superior Ambulance. It really has been a community effort."

The race will step off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Indiana Dunes State Park. For more information on the HERO Half Marathon and 10K, visit or email Crystal Sands at