TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)-The Mike Graber and his family came to watch this year's state cross country championship in Terre Haute.
They have been to the IHSAA State Cross Country Championships twice. They come watch the 24 teams compete in the race Saturday.
Along with these teams there are thousands of spectators from across the state. Many of which stay in Terre Haute hotels bringing in money to the economy.
"Valparaiso is about 3 hours. That's why we stayed here last night. We stayed in the hotel downtown," said Graber.
Hotels in Terre Haute weren't the only ones to see benefits from these high school teams and their families. Local restaurants also received a boost.
Wise Pies Pizza in downtown Terre Haute was just one of the restaurants that received extra business. Their regular crowd is usually from the university or from locals. Shift leader Allison Dammann said that Friday was one of the best business days she had ever seen.
"It’s great because we need those big groups to come in and we need people to come in and spread the word about our business because it’s the best way to get the word out," said Dammann.
Even though the boost only lasted a few days Terre Haute businesses are still are happy. Including the city’s recent guests who are already looking forward next year.
Terre Haute will also host the NCAA divisional race on November 11th.