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Honor Major Taylor Fondo returns to Indianapolis 

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The IU Health Momentum Indy cycling event is back in downtown Indianapolis Aug. 25-26. The event features two criterium races, open to pro and amateur racers from all over the U.S. The Mass Ave Crit and Indy Crit offer multi-lap races on closed circuits, allowing spectators to come close to the high-speed action.  The Honor Major Taylor Fondo is also back, open to all ability levels, and an outdoor festival suitable for all ages.

IU Health Momentum Indy is a two-day outdoor festival celebrating healthy lifestyles through cycling events, family fun and fitness activities. It offers attendees an evening street-party vibe and community-festival feel, with plenty of opportunities to watch cycling events, join organized rides or participate in health-focused activities for all ages. A nonprofit founded in 2010, the IU Health Momentum Indy has contributed more than $185,000 in event proceeds toward local youth-serving groups.

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Founder and executive director of IU Health Momentum Indy, Jennifer Cvar, is excited about the cycling weekend. “Many of the country’s top cyclists will be competing here for thousands of dollars in prize money, but [cyclists] don’t have to follow professional cycling to have [fun] at this event,” Cvar said. “Whether you want a street-party vibe with Friday evening racing on Mass Ave or a Saturday family-festival feel, IU Health Momentum Indy is the place to be.”

Additionally, the Mass Ave Crit will be held Aug. 25 in the Mass Ave Cultural District. This free event features live action along Mass Ave in Downtown Indianapolis, a neighborhood full of outdoor bars, restaurants and shops.

The Honor Major Taylor Fondo will take place Aug. 26, with participants able to choose from distances of 14, 30, or 62 miles or a 5-mile family ride.

Lastly, the Indy Crit and Adventure Zone/Riley Children’s Kids Race occurs Aug. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at University Park. The event is free for all ages and will include pro and beginner criterium racing, cycling, fitness activities, food trucks and drinks. Kids ages 3-12 can participate in the Riley Children’s Health Kids Race.

Contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoralParham. For more news similar to the return of the Honor Major Taylor Fondo, click here!

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