The Tom Short Trail 5k Trail Run was first run in 2003 and continues as an annual event to celebrate the life of Tom Short.
Tom was a local businessman who was a part-owner of Leach-Wilson Chevrolet. He was a man of faith who loved his family and he lived to encourage others.
The race is held on the first Saturday in August and has grown in participation every year. Proceeds from the race are used to support the maintenance of the General Dacey Trail.
The race is unique for the following reasons:
- the course is very challenging,
- an option for team cross country scoring exists, form a team of five runners and signup on race day for the team competition. You run the race as an individual, but we also use your place to score an additional team competition.
- popsicles and chocolates highlight the post-race refreshments,
- and a big splash event is held at the Shelbyville Forest Park Pool after the race for all participants.
The Tom Short Training Team is and eight-week program designed to encourage local residents to participate in the Tom Short 5k.