The Big Hoopla 4 Miler

Sun March 15, 2020 Dayton, OH 45409 US Directions
The Big Hoopla 4 Miler has been cancelled.

After careful consideration, the Hoopla Local Organizing Committe (LOC) leadership is announcing the cancellation of all Big Hoopla events for the 2020 season. This includes The Hoopla 4 miler, the Hoopla STEM Challenge and the Hoopla Family Celebration Festival, along with the Hoopla receptions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

The LOC decided to take this action is based on the most recent recommendations and directives of Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton of the State Health Department to limit the spread of COVID-19 virus in our community and the State of Ohio. The LOC leadership appreciates the difficult decisions and actions the Governor, Dr. Acton and his entire Executive Team have had to make to proactively contain the spread of Coronavirus and COVID-19 in the State. The LOC Leadership wants to support and participate in those efforts and will do everything we can to that end. This means canceling all of the Big Hoopla events.

We know this is not the way Dayton’s loyal, passionate basketball fans envisioned the start to tournament season, and we share your disappointment. As Gov. DeWine raised awareness of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health threat, Hoopla leadership sought the advice of health experts and the University of Dayton as we made this decision. We will work with our sponsors, vendors and trusted partners to notify attendees and volunteers.

We want to thank our sponsors for their support and understanding. Updates will be forthcoming in the following days with more information on the impacts of this decision and a path forward for the Big Hoopla 4 Miler participants. Thank you.

Terry Slaybaugh   |   The Big Hoopla  |   Volunteer Chair

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton, OH US 45409

When it comes to college basketball, THE ROAD STARTS HERE! Dayton, Ohio is host to the annual NCAA First Four which kicks off March Madness!

Here in Dayton we make it more than just about basketball, it's four full days of activities and the start of all those festivities is the Big Hoopla 4 Miler. On Selection Sunday, we start the day with a 4 miler through lovely Dayton right along the river and around Welcome Stadium, home of the University of Dayton Flyers!

All participants receive a long sleeve tech tee, a custom finisher medal, free race photos, tons of post race food, and enjoy live music from DJ Ron Perry! So grab a friend or family member and come celebrate the excitement of March Madness with us at the Big Hoopla 4 Miler!

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Course Map

The Big Hoopla 4 Miler course is below. Runners start and finish at Carillon Historical Park with the rest of the route being a very flat and fast loop over to UD Arena and Welcome Stadium. Runners will also have great views of downtown and the Deeds Carillon which has been on the National Historic Register since 2005!

Finisher Medal

We take finisher medals seriously, that's why we know you'll love this custom beauty from our friends at Ashworth Awards! Starting with a beautiful sublimated ribbon, the 3 inch medal has a sliding basketball which moves in and out of the basketball hoop! This is a medal that belongs in your collection of accomplishments!


While all finishers receive medals, there are numerous other prizes for top performers, those are listed below!

Top 3 Overall Male/Female
1st - $100, custom award, and 2 tickets to the First Four
2nd - $75, custom award, and 2 tickets to the First Four
3rd - $50, custom award, and 2 tickets to the First Four

Top 3 Overall Male/Female Masters (40+)
1st - Custom award and 2 tickets to the First Four
2nd - Custom award and2 tickets to the First Four
3rd - Custom award and 2 tickets to the First Four

Top 3 in the following age groups all receive 2 tickets to the First Four;

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be offered at two times, the day before the event and on race morning. We HIGHLY encourage packet pickup the day before the event to ensure you have the most positive experience on race morning and don't feel stressed. Information for packet pickup is below.

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 12pm to 4pm
New Balance Dayton
304 E Stroop Road
Dayton, Ohio 45429

Sunday, March 15th, 2020 from 8:30am to 10am
Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton, Ohio 45409


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