Since 2006, one of Hendersonville’s most popular fitness activities has become a Thanksgiving Day staple – the Indian Lake Loop. Comprised of a five-mile race and a five-kilometer fun run, the Loop has become a treasured tradition for many area families who choose to kick off their holiday with a festive workout.
The idea for the Loop originated with race director Larry Phillips, who used to drive to Belle Meade every Thanksgiving to run in the Boulevard Bolt.
“While running the Bolt in 2005, I suddenly realized that I was tired of having to drive to Nashville on Thanksgiving,” says Larry. “I told a friend that we needed to start our own race in Hendersonville, and he agreed. Subsequently, we developed a plan and soon we were off and running.”
The next year, Larry and his team held the inaugural Loop at Drakes Creek Park. Despite competition from the Bolt, the event still drew 250 runners. In 2008, the race became affiliated with HolidayFest, and relocated to the Streets of Indian Lake. Since then, it has continued to grow, attracting over 1,100 participants in 2023.
Although Larry created the Loop, he is quick to give credit to the volunteers who help make the event possible.
“Every year, we use over fifty volunteers,” says Larry. “From registering runners to putting out cones to manning water stations, we could not do it without their help. We also are grateful for the support of the Hendersonville Police and Sumner County Highway departments.”
Along with being a family activity, the Loop serves another purpose – raising funds for Community Outreach Making Partners at Sumner Schools (COMPASS). COMPASS is devoted to supporting students, teachers and educational activities in Sumner County.
In 2018, the Loop has become a part of the annual Hendersonville Race Series, which includes three additional events that provide local athletes a chance to continue their group fitness activities throughout the year.
"Participating in the Loop is a great way to start a family tradition."