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 Event Overview

The Team NeighborLink "Night Moves" Running Series is a unique running series that focuses on creating community while running non-traditional routes through Fort Wayne neighborhoods and prominent areas of town. 2019 will be our 5th year hosting these runs.

We recently made the decision to change the format slightly for the entire series by making the series DONATIONS ONLY. In an effort to enhance the experience of what is "Night Moves," we want to focus on creating a fun environment without the barrier of cost. Here’s the deal though, we ask that you pay what you want in the form of a donation if you had a great experience or find value in the work we’re doing at NeighborLink. 100% go to funding projects like wheelchair ramps, roofs, and a whole lot of other home repairs.

We will have bike lead-outs and volunteers at every turn to show you the course at each race. It's an unsanctioned, unofficial run/race with the focus on running for the pure joy of it. Each route is unique and incorporates the roads, alleys, and back ways that are rarely taken. If you don’t want to run, but want to join in the fun, we ALWAYS need volunteers.

At Team NeighborLink, we like to do events that no one else is doing for the sake of connecting to the athletic community in a unique way while drawing some attention to the non-traditional work we do at NeighborLink Fort Wayne. If you end up joining Team NeighborLink by the end of an event or series, even better.

Have a search through our Blog page to see pictures and read race recaps from 2015-2018.    

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2019 Race Details

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2019 Race Details 

  • All Races are free but $10 donation per person is encouraged

  • Each Race is capped to First 75 Runners or 20 Teams in a relay.

  • Runner Check-In - Check in at least 15min before race start time.

  • Races are Rain or Shine Unless Lightening is Present - we will communicate the best we can.

  • 100% of proceeds go to funding Projects for neighbors in need.

  • Race course remains secret until just before race.

  • Please bring flashlight or headlamp during all night runs.

  • All ages are welcome, but anyone under 18 must run with an adult.

  • TNL Volunteers lead the run via bicycle for lead runners and are stationed with flashlights at each main turn during night runs.

  • Two ways to win awards: pre-registering and/or giving a donation, either online or on event day (100% of donations go to NeighborLink projects).

  • Come ready to hang out post-race. Each race is at a location that encourages hanging out.

Relay Format Details

  • Teams can be 2-4 runners or runners can run the entire thing solo.

  • Relay Teammates must alternate each lap

  • Course is an out and back format, making it fun to see other runners and easy to manage and keep safe.

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tuesday nights

6pm - THE CHAPEL (map)

Tuesday Nights are our main group riding nights where we expect the biggest showing of riders and accommodate the most diverse pace groups. The intent is to create a welcoming, engaging, and supportive community of cyclists that enjoy riding together. Each group rolls out separately separated by a few seconds so people know who all is part of which group. We'll do our best to introduce each other, welcome new riders, and review the expectations of the ride. We only ask you to bring some grace, friendliness, and to not be afraid to ask questions if you have them. No bad questions here. We have a new start/finish location for 2019 in the The Chapel Church.


A GROUP - Fasty's / 19-20+ mph Avg

This group of riders likes to ride fast, but likes to stay in a group as much as possible. This group settles into a 19-21mph conversational pace a handful of miles in, can stretch into a single pace line at times with speeds up over 25mph. It always stays together and adjusts pace accordingly to the weakest rider of the evening unless that riders wants to drop way back to the B group or simply can't hang on at that pace for the full 25 miles. This group stops for flat tire fixes or traffic delays at intersections. It’s a great way to learn to go faster with some great people. This group has good skills and likely includes some people that have racing experience with group instincts or training ambitions. Expect some verbal correction or encouragement to hold a wheel, line up in a echelon, or to pull through. The final 5-7 miles on the way back see the pace pick up, formations happen, and stop sign or church sprints setup. We do our best to not drop anyone until this point in the ride, but by this time, you'll have an easy ride back to the parking lot.  

B GROUP - brisky's / 18-19mph Avg

The B group riders can usually hang with the A group for awhile before desiring to dial the pace back to keep a consistent pace for the whole ride. Usually just a handful of miles down the road. The B group usually leaves the parking lot at the back of the large group knowing that they’ll back away earlier and settle into a solid conversational pace of between 18-21mph with a goal of finishing around that 19mph mark. This group stays together, probably has the most fun, and enjoys the ride every bit as much as the other groups. 

wednesday nights

Road Ride

6:30 - Arcola Elementary

Wednesday nights is our second night of the week and is growing in numbers of riders showing up. Traditionally, Wednesday nights have been consistently A Group kind of riders that stay together and keep a fast, conversational pace for the entire ride or at least until the last few miles when the sprint to St Patricks Church happens. In 2018, we’re going to double down on the idea to use Wednesday night to keep the groups together and even do some group ride basics along the way. 

No one gets into cycling knowing group ride dynamics. For most of us, we either learned by observing, listening, and experience from lots of rides. While many things are simple, they’re not always intuitive for the newer or less experienced rider. The goal of Wednesday nights is to create solid group rides where the group stays together and we integrate teaching along the way. A Group riders can keep a solid enough pace, take more turns at the front, and create a pocket to where faster B group riders can utilize the draft and hang-on for most of the ride. We want to create a culture on Wednesday nights to be able to advice each other on how to draft better, create echelons in cross winds, and learn the power of proper rotating and consistent speed pace lines. 

There may still be an A and B group split half way and the paces will still push each week as the group gets going. The B Group will have the same philosophy, just a touch slower for those not up for pushing 20+ for 25 miles. 

Don’t expect heavy leadership, but expect a reminder in the parking lot and some gentle encouragement along the way to adjust to keep the group together or to improve the ride experience. We may ask to speed up or slow down. If you need to go super hard on Wednesdays because of training, then you may roll fast down the road on your own or 3RVS has a great group ride at Saturn Church that is all out fast! 

Cyclcocross - starting august 28th

5:45PM - Franke Park

Wednesday night is the Fort Wayne Cyclocross practice night. In years past we have been on the riverfront of Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bicycles, but with the continued effort to better Ft Wayne we have to step aside for construction and development of that area. We are excited about this new chapter in Ft. Wayne cyclocross and believe it will provide a sustainable and healthy recreational and training grounds.

Every evening of CX practice fits a flexible schedule that sees many people showing up around 5:30-5:45 to get ready and take a look at the course. If you are able to arrive sooner be sure to shoot an email to Dylan @ and learn how you can help with setup of the course. The need is always there for more help in setup as Chad Tieman and Aaron Hawkins will have some great courses in mind.

 At 5:45pm we will do a short skills clinic highlighting a feature of the course that many riders may either struggle with or be unfamiliar with. For example barriers, off-cambers, run-ups, and unique cornering. 

At roughly 6:00pm we will gather at the determined start line and do a sighting lap of the course. This is usually a slow all together lap ride of the course. Many riders will use this time to take a final look and mimic proper race lines in the course.

Following the sighting lap all riders will gather back up on the start line and after conferring will decide upon a set # of race laps. After that riders will start and do a race simulation on the course. Timing, result, and splits are not recorded. After riders hangout and are encouraged to help course teardown and clean-up.

saturday mornings

7am - Arcola Elementary

Saturday Mornings are a lot like Wednesdays in the fact that we like to head out and stay together at a pre-determined pace. Many riders use Saturday mornings to get in extra miles, so mileage usually hits 30-50miles on a Saturday. We always set the plan on Saturday mornings via our Facebook page. Once summer hits, expect longer rides and different routes. 


HOT LAPS - Short Track MTB & X-Country Running Series

2019 Dates: JULY: 2 / 9/ 16 / 23

Event Overview

"HOT LAPS" Short Track MTB & X-Country Running Series at Franke Park is coming back for 2019. Mark your summer Tuesday Nights down and get ready to experience the thrill of short track mountain biking and x-country running.

SHORT TRACK RACING, which has also been called “dirt criterium,” has riders race at a high intensity pace on a 1-2 mile closed course for 20 to 30 minutes. The first to finish the predetermined number of laps, wins. The course weaves up and around the Derby Hill area at Franke Park. We will plan to have 2-3 different courses over the 6 weeks again this year.

We have a variety of categories, two race waves, each night during the 6-week series. JUNIORS (14 & under) race FREE. So, get your kids out and come race. The Junior categories are designed for kids that have a bike with gears, can ride a mile on uneven terrain and are comfortable in a race format. Your younger kids are welcome to bring their bikes to ride the course in-between races or around the area as long as they’re supervised. We want to create a fun and safe family vibe.

X-COUNTRY FUN RUN is like an old school cross country running event, except its just for fun (and a chance for prizes), but also an excellent workout! Come out from 5:30-6:30 and run as many laps as you can or want to. If you pre-register for the entire series, we’ll track the number of laps you run and at the end of the series you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win sweet swag and prizes.

We will grill out, hangout, and have late enough start times for our surrounding area friends to make it out! (Warsaw, Indy, Goshen?!) Everyone is welcome to bring a food item to share if you choose.

We promise it will be worth $10. TNL works hard to make sure to create experiences worth showing up for. And 100% of the registration fees goes back to a project - usually a wheelchair ramp, water heater or roof for a vulnerable homeowner in need. If you want to come out and help, but not ride or run, we always need volunteers. You can sign up to volunteer as well.

Sign up for the full 4-week series and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win gift cards.
Sign up online for individual races and be entered into a drawing for a pair of our colorful Team NL socks (Feetures brand).


Race Waves

Wave 1- 5:30 to 6:30

  • Cross Country Fun Run (all ages)

  • Most Laps completed in an hour or (as many as you want!)

  • (0.7-1mi. each lap)

Wave 2 (B Wave) - 6:30 - About 25min

  • Beginner - Men & Women

  • Women - Sport

  • Juniors - Men & Women

Wave 2 (A Wave) - 7:15 - About 35min

  • Men Sport

  • Women Expert

  • Men Expert


  • All Races $10/per person

  • Juniors 16 & under race for free - Sign up accordingly

  • Gift Card RAFFLE for pre-registered series riders

  • On-site registration available. Closes 10min before race.

  • Prizes/Swag at random!

  • Racing subject to trail conditions. (Heavy Rain/Lightening) We will communicate and give as much notice as possible on our TeamNeighborLink Facebook page. Like us to receive updates.

  • Points Series for all categories.

  • Fun challenging course for all types of riders (and runners).

  • Riders expect an A and B line on each lap.

  • Just MTB's, sorry cyclocross friends, gotta throw on the big tires for this one!

  • Great family event, easy to watch from anywhere on the course.

  • Hangout before, during, and after the event with a cookout!

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We have around 8 volunteer opportunities each race that include course monitoring for safety, registration and check-in, and timing/scoring. Plus, if you love to grill food, we could use a grill master!


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