Yearly Events

The Nickel Plate Trail is host to multiple events throughout the year. See descriptions of these events below. For specific scheduling of events, check out our Calendar of Events. If you would like to discuss hosting an event on the trail, please contact us, and we will get in touch with you.

Lutheran Health Tiger Trot

Held in April, the Lutheran Health Tiger Trot is a 5K/10K/15K Run on the Nickel Plate Trail,  The event ends with a picnic lunch and pre-registration costs includes a shirt. Event proceeds benefit the Peru Bengal Backers Booster Club.

J.U.G. Walk/Run

Held in July, the J.U.G. is a 5K Walk/Run is in memory of Sara Herrell. All proceeds go to the Guthrie Family Community Fund. Race takes place on the Nickel Plate Trail. Race is held the same Saturday as the Circus City parade.

 Friday Night Lights

Held in July, Friday Night Lights is a 20 mile ride along the Nickel Plate Trail north, followed by a DeAngelo’s post-ride pizza party.

Wild Warrior 5K Walk/Run

Held in August, the Walk Warrior 5K walk/run is part of the Annual Denver Lion’s Club Festival It starts in the middle of Denver, takes you on the Nickel Plate Trail and ends up the hill on the local “Wild Man” Road.


Tri Kappa Superhero 5K Walk/Run

Held in September, the Tri Kappa Superhero 5K is a walk/run to help raise awareness for the need for more foster parents within Miami County. The sorority partners with the DCS, CC’s Closet, and the Council for Prevention of Child Abuse in Miami County.

Cole Porter Classic

Held in October, the Cole Porter Classic is a 5K and 15K Walk/Run. The 5K and 15K courses start downtown and run along Peru City streets. The 15K continues across the newly finished Wabash bridge and along the Nickel Plate Trail, with both races finishing at the Peru Circus Building. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Nickel Plate Trail. 2018 race results – here.

Chili Night Ride

Held in October, the Chili Night Ride is a 16 mile ride that begins at Harvey Hinklemeyers with a police escort to the Nickel Plate Trail, then ride south 8 miles, turn around, and return to Harvey’s for chili at the post-ride party.

Thanksgiving Day Trot n’ Gobble

Held on Thanksgiving Day, the Trot n’ Gobble is a 5K or 10K walk/run that begins at Anytime Fitness. The race takes place on the trail, with all proceeds benefiting Relay For Life and Babe Ruth Youth Baseball.

Area Events Along the Trail

Dandelion Run 2019

1 Mile Kid’s Run & 5K Walk/Run


April 2019 Business Meeting

Business Meeting


May 2019 Business Meeting

Business Meeting


June 2019 Business Meeting

Business Meeting


Cole Porter 5k/15K Run/Walk 2019

5K/15K Walk/Run
Saturday, October 5
Pee Wee Fun Run 8:30 a.m.
Run/Walk 9:00 a.m.


Complete Event Calendar