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The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) receives $58,223 in matching grant funds from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. The project components include constructing a climate-controlled athletic medical building south of the finish line and amending the existing finish line structure. Both project components are essential to staying competitive in the sport of cross-country, promoting athlete safety and the spectator experience and maintaining above average efficiency for race day operations. The Terre Haute CVB was one of three grants awarded.
“Indiana’s tourism industry continually grows year after year, and these projects are an example of that,” Lt. Governor Crouch, who chairs the council, said. “By funding these projects, we are investing in tourism amenities, attractions and facilities that enhance the visitor experience.”
The cross-country course, which attracts 30,000 to 40,000 visitors annually, has reinforced the state of Indiana’s reputation as the home for racing. As a leader in the industry, the course has secured racing bids for events such as NCAA Division Championships, IHSAA State Championships and Nike Midwest Regionals. The bidding process is a competitive process in which the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course presents on the course’s assets. These bidding periods are how races, invitationals and championships are secured, therefore allowing Terre Haute, West Central Indiana and the state of Indiana to welcome thousands of people from across the nation to the facility.
"I'm happy to see our community tackle these state-side grants and see success. This is just another example of our community competing and winning. I'm proud to be part of a legislature that is funding important programs like tourism. Attracting people to Indiana is part of our overall economic strategy. Certainly, seeing our own CVB win this grant should ignite our excitement for many more opportunities in the future," states Senator Jon Ford.
The climate-controlled athletic medical building will be unique to the sport of cross-country. As an outdoor sport, athletes are exposed to all elements. The sport’s season begins in the heightened heat of late summer and ends in November. Athletes experience overheating and dehydration, hypothermia from running in the rain or snow and everything in between. The climate-controlled athletic medical building will provide an indoor place away from the public eye to assess all injuries to better ensure the safety of everyone.
The updates to the existing finish-line structure will enhance the operational aspects that go into hosting a race. Operations such as officiating, reporting and announcing are all expected to be done with precision and accuracy. During the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships hosted at the course, over 100,000 people from 20 countries web-streamed the race live online. Amending the finish line tower will elevate the reach that the course and its races have and add to the overarching package the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course offers to athletes, officials, coaches and spectators.
“Over half a million people have been to the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in its 22 seasons. That’s over half a million people we have brought to our community. Receiving these funds align with what our community is working to enhance,” states Mayor Duke Bennett. “Not only does the course support our tourism industry, it is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the region.”
Competing for grants such as these keeps Indiana competitive and our region and community relevant.
“Indiana has always been next level,” states David Patterson, Executive Director of the Terre Haute CVB. “This funding proves that Indiana is next level in safety, next level in competing and sports tourism and next level in keeping our state an industry leader.”
Terre Haute offers fun in all sizes, especially on those cold rainy days leading up to Spring. Take a look at 18 indoor activities in our city.
We have listed only a few indoor activities for you as we end this winter! We hope you take the time to explore Terre Haute and enjoy one of the many activities or events our city has to offer.
We’ll see you around Terre Haute!
For the Romantic Couple
The Sycamore Winery
Wanting a romantic evening with your love, but can’t decide what to do? You can’t go wrong with something to “cheers” over, especially local wine. The Sycamore Winery has you covered, wine lover or not. With its wide variety of wines and beers, it will create an entire evening full of genuine conversations and time well-spent with your favorite company. Sycamore Winery is also hosting a “Winter Wine Down with Straight Davis” event on February 15th!
Tickets can be purchased through their website at email@example.com.
Coming soon: Location in downtown Terre Haute!
To find out more about Sycamore Winery, click here.
Water Tower Estates
If you’re looking for a relaxing evening with your significant other, the Water Tower Estates is the perfect place. With its calm, historically rich setting, everyone enjoys a relaxing, stress-free night of simply and solely focusing on the one they’re spending time with. Water Tower Estates was founded in 2015 with a mission aimed at creating the best environment possible for their customers. Essentially a wine-focused established, they offer a variety of wines to choose from and are sure to make your Valentine’s Day special.
Coming Soon: Location in downtown Terre Haute! Stay tuned for details.
To find out more information, go to www.watertowerestates.com.
For the Adventurous Couple
The Climbing Café
Are you and your significant other adventurous but don’t want to deal with the hassle of traveling too far for Valentine’s Day? Terre Haute’s own Climbing Café may be the perfect solution. Climbing Café makes for a spirited, lively and fun time with an array of different levels of rock walls. Being new to Terre Haute, Climbing Café has many great deals! They also offer hearty food in their café for boosts of energy and nourishment before or after your climbs. Stop by this unique, energetic atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day adventure.
To learn more about getting day passes, becoming a member, and more, go to www.climbingcafe.com.
For the Creative Couple
Shewey’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio
Painting a ceramic clay piece from Shewey’s at Haute City Center is bound to fulfill the creative drives for every artsy and creative couple. From mugs, plates, doggy water bowls, to vases to hold your Valentine’s flowers, Shewey’s has a piece for you to paint that is perfect for your collection. What’s better than owning original, authentic pieces without making your account suffer? Shewey’s welcomes walk-ins and encourages everyone to stop by until closing! The ambiance and colorful setting are likely to get your creative gears turning.
For more information, go to www.sheweys.com or call (812) 235-9270.
For the Couple Who Likes to Travel
Do you daydream of traveling the world? Bar Bosco is a great, local venue that gives you a glimpse, and taste, of Italy right here in Terre Haute. In the midst of enjoying a culture of cocktails, Italian wines and authentic cuisine, the wait staff provide knowledgeable insight into each dish’s flavor profiles and pairing notes. Bar Bosco’s homemade pasta noodles and rich desserts can make anyone fall in love this Valentine’s Day.
To make a reservation, please visit myalimentari.com or call (812) 917-3298.
2019 was an exciting year for our community. In conjunction with the many exciting projects, initiatives and momentum garned, Terre Haute – Vigo County played host to five State Championships where we welcomed athletes and professionals in cross-country, chess, gymnastics, soccer and swimming and two regional championships for cross-country and basketball. Vigo County also hosted two National Championships for the USAC Quarter Midget Racing Dirt Nationals and the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships. With all of this being said, Terre Haute – Vigo County has become an event-based hub and will continue to provide unique experiences for our visitors.
The excitement generated in and around these events have granted Terre Haute a seat in the top 10 college towns in the country. The vital relationships we have with our higher education institutions and their talented students have given Terre Haute – Vigo County the opportunity to host events at this magnitude. We look forward to continuously enhancing our educational assets and we can’t wait to #SeeYouInTerreHaute in 2020.
-David Patterson, Executive Director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Guest blog by Karen Dyer, vice president for advancement and strategic initiatives at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Why yes, Terre Haute is a great college town! Thanks for noticing!
In an article published January 2, the “College Gazette,” recently ranked Terre Haute, Ind., number five on its 10 Best College Towns in the U.S list. The “College Gazette” is a national resource for higher education that shares articles, admission information and the latest college news.
“The best college towns are brimming with energy, innovation, and a lively environment appealing to both college students as well as working professionals alike,” states the article, which ranked the best college towns on quality of life metrics including performing arts, reasonable rents, safety, quality of resident schools, nightlife and restaurants.
Terre Haute has been a college town since the mid-1800’s with the founding of three of its institutions before the turn of the last century while it was still considered to be the wilderness of Indiana. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Ivy Tech Community College all call Terre Haute home.
So, what makes Terre Haute a great college town?
It’s the green space, according to the ranking, that puts this river town on the map. More than 1,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses and numerous other outdoor recreational opportunities include the world-class LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course, the award-winning Griffin Bike Park, the National Road Heritage Trail which already crosses through Indiana State and Rose-Hulman campuses and designation as a “Tree City USA” town. It is no wonder Terre Haute lands a spot on the list. With two of the four colleges already named as a “Tree Campus USA” and a third designation underway, the campus green spaces provide part of the allure for Terre Haute with their well-coiffed quads, sweeping lawns and park-like settings. The successful 2018 International Air Show was listed in the article as one of the contributing factors to the ranking. In addition, Terre Haute is also designated as one of only eight arts and cultural districts in the state by the Indiana Arts Commission.
“The leadership of SMWC along with that of the other colleges have been intentional in fostering this idea of our community being a college town – one that is attractive for all our students,” said Dottie L. King, Ph. D., president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
In 2018, King began leading an effort in Terre Haute for the community to more boldly stake its claim as a college town. In collaboration with all local institutions, the city installed “College Town” banners in the historic downtown listing each of the institutions.
“The four institutions of higher education in Terre Haute differ widely in student population and mission, yet we share a common goal to provide a world-class education to our students along with a warm Indiana and Wabash Valley welcome. We are very proud of our town,” said King.
Indiana Senator Jon Ford, representing District 38, has worked diligently advance Terre Haute through opportunities to expand trail systems, build a convention center and establish an arts district, all while advocating to raise awareness and resources for growth in the community. “It’s very heartening to have Terre Haute listed as one of the Best College Towns for 2020,” said Sen. Ford. “The community has worked hard to be a city that is intentional about its quality of place, with many great things to do and beautiful space in which to do them. This accolade positions Terre Haute to receive its moment in the well-deserved spotlight.”
In 2019, Terre Haute launched a community plan and branding effort called, “See You in Terre Haute,” with a goal of increasing awareness of the city’s wide range of resources and strong vision for growth. In addition to its vast parks and trail system, the city boasts nine museums and the oldest professional orchestra in Indiana, the birthplace of the historic Coke bottle and features an extensive public art collection. The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018 and is one of only a few historic districts designations in the state.
The community continues to look for ways to grow and offer more amenities that college students, parents and other visitors might seek when looking for a robust college town.
David Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau noted that Terre Haute has a long history of welcoming college students to the community. Last year, the community hosted five state, two regional and two national championships in cross country, chess, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, swimming and quarter midget racing.
“Terre Haute has so much to offer, and I am ecstatic to see our community being recognized in this way. We are an event-based market for visitors. Our relationship with our institutions is vital to the success of these events,” said Patterson. “Our students and those who come to compete from around the nation often find that the community has much to offer.”
Currently underway is a new convention center slated to open in 2021 that will provide more hotel space, new restaurants and the reopening of a historic bar adding to the continued revitalization of downtown. SMWC and various community partners also seek to connect the west side of the city through the trail systems, eventually linking Wabash Valley trails to the state-wide system.
“Seeing Terre Haute recognized as one of the best college towns in America confirms what we already know… this is a great place to live, work, play… and get a top-notch education. While Terre Haute has always provided students with a great atmosphere, exciting developments in the past few years will keep building on those offerings and create even more energy and excitement in our community,” commented Kristin Craig, president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.
To view the full list, visit CollegeGazette.com.
About the institutions: Saint Mary’s Academy (now Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College) was the first college in the community, founded in 1840 by Indiana’s only saint, Mother Theodore Guerin and her five companion Sisters of Providence. SMWC was followed by Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana State University) in 1865 and Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) in 1874. Ivy Tech Community College was founded in 1963 as Indiana’s Vocational Technical College as the fourth institution of higher education in Vigo County.
Disclosure: Originally published by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Read article here.
The Miracle on 7th Gingerbread House Contest winners were announced last night to kick off the weekend holiday festivities in Terre Haute. The Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau placed 2nd in the Teams Division, with CASA taking 1st and Baesler's Bakery taking 3rd.
All entries will be on display at the Ohio Building this week for people's choice judging. The Miracle on 7th Light Your Way Parade will take place downtown on Saturday, December 7th at 6 p.m. For more information about the Miracle on 7th festivities, visit https://miracleon7thstreet.com.
by Vittoria Meyer (photos by Shelby Gifford)
Minutes leading up to the men’s 8k race, the overcast day seems to suddenly ignite with a warm, yet comfortable heat as the runners border the start line. The blocks of various colors take over the width of the course as the runners line up with their teammates and competitors. At the cue, they take off and hundreds of spectators follow, dashing the course’s sidelines at an attempt to keep an eye on their favorite runners. This course, strategically built, is intended to be an experience for both the runner and the spectator and it surely shows here.
It’s known that the state of Indiana is the home for racing, but Indiana defends this title in more ways than just being the home of the Indy 500. The Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute gives the state this title just as much as the motor speedway. At the John McNichols Invitational, the momentum and adrenaline of a race that Hoosiers have grown to love is felt in the mere presence of the Cross Country Capital’s point of pride.
The crowds these cross country events attract to the region are stemmed from a deep-rooted enthusiasm and commitment that teams, such as Northern Arizona University and the University of Michigan, have for this unique, challenging and historic course, and the city who houses it.
University of Michigan Women’s Cross Country Head Coach, Mike McGuire, has been visiting LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course with his team since 1997. He uses the history of the course to educate his runners on the sport of cross country and the opportunity they have to compete on the turf of many other national champions.
“I emphasize to my runners that they are a part of something a lot bigger than themselves,” states McGuire.
Michael Smith, director of track and cross country at Northern Arizona University, points out that it’s not only the course that makes the trip to Indiana worthwhile, but the hospitality of the state, region and city that make the yearly trip an experience in and of itself.
“It is so nice to be here in Terre Haute and at the LaVern Gibson [Championship Cross Country] Course where cross country feels like a really big deal,” states Smith. “We know this is a place that loves cross country and always when you’re on the road you want to be as comfortable as possible and this is a place we feel at home.”
The thousands of people from all over the country attending the invitational are apparent from the diverse license plates pouring into the parking lots upon arrival. The long drive herding cars up the hill are lined with banners of past runners that have left their mark on the field, welcoming you, yet subtly reminding you that you’re entering a piece of sports history.
The John McNichols Invitational welcomes and invites teams from all over the country. Homegrown Hoosier schools such as Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Depauw University, Purdue University, Hanover College, Oakland City, Indiana Wesleyan, IUPU, Franklin College, Wabash College, Valparaiso and Vincennes are all competing. The course is shared with nationally-ranked teams such as Northern Arizona University, the three time reigning NCAA Division l Champions, as well as Stanford, Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, Transylvania and Northern Colorado. At this invitational, a total of six races are held at the collegiate, high school and middle school levels, giving the day a diverse mix of skill and experience. The middle schoolers watch in awe at the high schoolers while the collegiate athletes cheer amongst the crowds during the middle school races. The support is steadfast amongst the 54 competing teams over the course of the weekend.
However, it’s not the sheer number of people and teams coming together for a weekend invitational that make it worth noting. It’s the common love of the sport celebrated by all in attendance and the visionary, Coach John McNichols, who crafted this love in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Coach McNichols, the longest tenured coach in Indiana State University’s history, possessed a knowledge and passion for the sport of cross country that shaped it into what it is today. His unwavering mentorship, sportsmanship and drive impacted all who knew him, and to honor his legacy, many of them gather back at his roots, the LaVern Gibson course, as runners, coaches or simply spectators during the John McNichols Invitational.
“John used to come here all the time for all hours of the day and do any work. No task was too small. He was involved in every aspect of the race. He administered everything. This is for him,” states David Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau.
John’s legacy was shown in all regards of the sport. As the “master designer” for the course, his vision played out and has directly impacted the sport of cross country and the way tourism is viewed and catered to in Indiana. With over 40,000 people visiting the course every year, the region has adapted to this growth in order to warmly welcome visitors to Terre Haute.
Needless to say, the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Terre Haute and the state of Indiana are well-positioned to welcome visitors, far and wide. The growth of the tourism industry that the sport brings to the region is supported within the foundation of our retail, hospitality and tourism industries. Here in Indiana, we welcome the opportunity to showcase these regional assets.
The end of the race brings an outpour of runners advancing to the finish line all mingling together. The perfectly sorted teams found at the start line are now a mix of hues. The spectators are also racing but to the sidelines to find the next best view. The heightened adrenaline has lasted 23 minutes and counting, and the excitement has yet to subside. John McNichols certainly did craft quite the foundation for this sport that Terre Haute and Indiana will continue to cheer for and support. In Indiana, the last lap has more than one meaning.