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02/24/17 - Check Out the 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend!

Did you run with us in 2016? Are you thinking of joining us in 2017? Check out the Carmel Marathon video and see what a great time it is. Watch it HERE!

12/29/16 - Carmel Marathon Announces NEW Corporate Partners for 2017

December 23, 2016 – Carmel Road Racing Group (CRRG) today announced several new partnerships for the 2017 Carmel Marathon Weekend, Carmel’s largest running event, including announcing Franciscan Health as the 2017 Presenting Sponsor of the Carmel Marathon.

Franciscan Health (www.franciscanhealth.org) operates two hospitals in the greater Indianapolis area: Franciscan St. Francis Health in Carmel and Franciscan Health Indianapolis. “We are so pleased to have Franciscan Health return to the Carmel Marathon as a partner. They are very supportive of the running community including partnerships with the two largest running events in Indiana. It is an honor to have them join our team and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding partnership,” said race director Todd Oliver.

By popular demand, the Carmel Marathon is bringing back the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish, an on-course challenge for marathon and half marathon participants that includes strategy and planning and provides an equal chance for all runners to win. The Carmel Marathon was the first race in the state of Indiana to hold such a contest in 2016. The inaugural champion came from South Dakota to take the honors. The Sprint to the Finish is sponsored by AmeriFirst Home Mortgage (www.amerifirst.com), a stand-alone mortgage banker with offices in ten states, including Indiana.

The Carmel 8K will have a new name in 2017, Indiana Spine Group 8K (www.indianaspinegroup.com). Indiana Spine Group has secured Name in Title rights for the unique 8K distance. Indiana Spine Group is a Center of Excellence for spine care, which specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal issues, including pain management, physical therapy and complimentary therapies.
Orangetheory Fitness returns as the Presenting Sponsor of the Carmel 5K. Orangetheory Fitness (www.orangetheoryfitness.com) is the energizing group personal training, interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants burn from 500 to 1000 calories per 60-minute training session (individual results vary), using a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training™ and free weights.
Oskar Blues Brewery (www.oskarblues.com) is a Colorado-based craft brewery that is recognized as one of the originators of the craft brew in a can craze that has swept the nation. Participants over 21 in the Carmel Marathon Weekend events will be able to celebrate their finish in the Oskar Blues Brewing Beer Garden following the races. The partnership with Carmel Marathon is the first running partnership in Indiana for Oskar Blues.

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana has returned as the official charity partner of the 2017 Carmel Marathon. "We are happy we can help support the families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children,” said Oliver.

2016 was a record breaking year in participation for the Carmel Marathon and 2017 is trending ahead of last year. Event distances include a marathon, half marathon, 8K and 5K. All races use the same start and finish lines. Runners and walkers will enjoy the specially chosen courses highlighting various areas of Carmel. All finishers will receive medals and event shirts together with a free pass to the Monon Community Center to enjoy the use of the pools to relax after the race. Registration is now open and special early registration prices are in effect through December 31st. To register or for more information, go to www.carmelmarathon.com

The Carmel Marathon (www.carmelmarathon.com) attracts elite women and men from around the Midwest to compete for the special purse. The 2016 event attracted runners from 39 states and five countries. The 2017 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd 2017.

11/26/16 - Carmel Marathon Registration Tracking ahead for 2017

November 1 (Carmel) Registration for the 2017 Carmel Marathon continues to pace ahead of 2016. 2016 was another record-breaking year so all indications that 2017 will be the largest ever.

"We are excited about the slow steady growth of the event" stated Race Director Todd Oliver. "Sometimes we hope for big leaps in event size but then we realize steady growth allows us to plan for the growth more effectively." 2016 saw new records in field size for the Carmel 8K and the 5K. The marathon and half marathon have capacity limits based on the course routes.

"The near long-term strategy is to allow the event to double in size." noted Oliver. "We have some ideas in motion regarding the marathon and half marathon courses that would allow us to eliminate the capacity limitations. Our plan is to unveil those ideas after the 2017 event for 2018."

04/20/16 - 2016 Carmel Marathon Enjoys Great Weather, Record Attendance and Course Records

The 2016 Carmel Marathon was greeted with fantastic weather for the 6th Annual event. Carmel's largest running event of the year with over 3,800 finishers experienced a record number of finishers in the Horizon Bank 8K and the Carmel 5K Presented by Orange Theory.

Two course records were broken. In the Half Marathon, Aurelia Rutto, a Kenyan training in Indianapolis, finished in 1:16:13 eclipsing the previous course record set in 2013 by 37 seconds. In the Horizon Bank 8K, Susan Tanui, also a Kenyan training in Indianapolis, finished in 27:37 beating the previous course record set in 2013 by Olga Kimayio by just ONE second!

Jesse Davis, Indianapolis, continued his dominance in the marathon with his 6th consecutive victory keeping his undefeated streak alive. Jesse finished in 2:26:21 less than five minutes off his own course record. Kelby Laughner, Indianapolis, won the women's marathon in 2:46:55.

Additional winners include; Half Marathon men's winner - A.J. West (Mt. Gilead, OH) at 1:12:20; Horizon Bank 8K men's winner - Tom Ohlman (Carmel) at 25:19; Carmel 5K men's winner - Mike Cole (Zionsville) at 16:03 (COURSE RECORD); and Carmel 5K women's winner - Whitney Weir (Carmel) at 20:41.

04/07/16 - Carmel Road Racing Group Join other Midwest Races Against Doping

Columbus 10k, Carmel Road Racing Group Adopt Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Anti-Doping Policy

April 7, 2016– Race directors in the Midwest region have come together in an effort to maintain an environment that ensures fair competition and clean sport by adopting the same anti-doping policy as instituted by the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2015. The Columbus 10k along with the Carmel Road Racing Group will no longer accommodate coaches and athlete representatives who have demonstrated a pattern of involvement with systematic doping under this unique policy that includes agents who represent athletes with suspensions.

The Columbus 10k is the oldest road race in Columbus, Ohio and will take place on June 5, 2016. Andy Harris, Race Director, stated, “The Columbus 10K believes in clean sport and the true spirit of competition. To ensure that all competing athletes are working with the same set of tools toward a common goal, we have opted to implement what we believe is a very fair anti-doping policy instated by the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2015. It is our hope that other events will follow the lead of the Monumental Marathon and provide opportunities for clean athletes to be recognized for their honest and hard work.”

The Carmel Road Racing Group (CRRG) hosts a number of events in the Indianapolis area including their signature event, the Carmel Marathon taking place on April 16, 2016. Race Director and CRRG President Todd Oliver has adopted the anti-doping policy at all CRRG events. CRGG also stages the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5k, the 13th largest women’s-only half marathon in the US.

The full policy is as follows:
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse an athlete must:
• Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance
• Not have ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs
• Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more such suspensions by their athletes in the previous 4 years
• Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career
• Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
• Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

"We always work hard to protect and elevate the achievements of all of our participants, especially our elite athletes,” said Blake Boldon, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, “Our goal in creating this policy was to support those athletes and do everything we can to promote clean sport and equitable competition."