What is the Indiana Invasives Initiative?

The Indiana Invasives Initiative (III) is a statewide project of the State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM). The III empowers citizens to address the negative impacts of invasive species. We work with people in every county to build long-term partnerships that address invasive species. Through the III we build county level Cooperative Invasive Species Management (CISMAs) groups, train, conduct landowner surveys and host Weed Wrangles across the state.

SICIM is the non-profit organization that runs the III. Their mission: Protect, restore, and enhance Indiana's landscapes by coordinating efforts to identify, prevent, and control invasive species. 

What is a Weed Wrangle?

Weed Wrangles® are events hosted nationwide to control invasive plants that are negatively impacting our parks and natural areas. We teach how to identify and control invasives during these events while we work together to improve habitat in our parks where we live, work, and play.


SICIM Executive Director Stephanie Schuck, stephanie@sicim.info

Indiana Invasives Initiative Project Coordinator Dawn Slack, dawn@sicim.info

What is Runnin' and Wranglin'?

Runnin' & Wranglin' is a fundraiser that supports people partnering statewide for healthy soil, water, and wildlife. Teams raise money to support the Indiana Invasives Initiative, a statewide project that works in every county. These funds train citizens and professionals, build CISMAs, and host Weed Wrangles so invasive species impacts are addressed.

Join us as we celebrate progress (41 CISMAs, 40,000 acres in the program and over 400 wrangles completed) and work to increase habitat by managing invasive species where you live, work, and play.

Gather and register your team (there will be team prizes, youth events and fun challenges along the race route).

How Can I Participate?

1. REGISTER as a runner (or walker) at INDIANA TIMING WEBSITE (this is where you will pay the registration fee and order your t-shirt)

2. CREATE OR JOIN A TEAM on this page, or if you prefer to go solo, create your personal fundraising page.

3. SHARE the link to your fundraising page with everyone! Let them know why supporting the Indiana Invasives Initiative is important to you, and why they should support it too.

4. JOIN US on Nov. 4th for a fun-filled day of celebrating and protecting Indiana's natural areas!

If you are not able to join the race but would like to participate, you can DONATE or even create your own fundraising page!

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Event Details and Logistics

Date: Nov. 4, 2023

Location: Mill Race Park, 50 Carl Miske Dr., Columbus, IN

Time: Check-in starts at 7:30am ET at the Mill Race Tower, race begins at 8:30am

Registration: $25, includes a t-shirt and race medal

The trail is paved, and stroller and wheelchair friendly. There will be fun and educational stations thorughout the race, and those who visit each station with their passport can enter to win a prize! There will be awards for:

  • largest team
  • most funds raised
  • furthest traveled
  • best costume
  • standard race trophies for fastest female and male and fastest time in four age groups. 

Thank you to our sponsors!


Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District


Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District


Brown County Native Woodlands Project

League of Women Voters (Brown, Bloomington-Monroe, Johnson County)

League of Women Voters (Brown, Bloomington-Monroe, Johnson County)

Premier Companies


Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District

Family Chiropractic and Wellness

Family Chiropractic and Wellness

Kosciusko Water and Woodland Invasive Partnership


Johnson County Native Plant Partnership