Event News

07/21/16 - 2017 Registration is now OPEN!

Click here to register online for the 7th annual running of the Carmel Marathon on April 22, 2017.

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."

04/07/16 - 8-Time Boston Marathon Wheelchair Champion Jean Driscoll at the Carmel Marathon

Carmel Marathon welcomes 8-time Boston Marathon wheelchair champion and 5-time Paralympic Gold Medal winner for a special, free event, “A Night with Jean Driscoll" on April 16. Click here for more information and to register!

03/31/16 - Eat pasta, run fasta!

Visit Whole Foods in Carmel on Friday, April 15 for a FREE pasta dinner! Join fellow Carmel Marathon Weekend participants to carb up and talk through those pre-race jitters.

After you visit the Carmel Marathon Fitness Expo Presented by Gramercy, head to Whole Foods and show your bib for your free dinner. Are your family members or friends not running but want to chow down? Their dinner is just $3!

03/22/16 - Calling all volunteers!

Volunteer registration is now open for the 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend!

Approximately 400 volunteers will be needed to fill shifts during the Carmel Marathon Weekend on committees ranging from Bag Check to Guest Services and Volunteer Check-In to Transportation.

Some of the benefits you will receive as a volunteer:
- Free parking with shuttle service to your work area
- Carmel Marathon Weekend official volunteer t-shirt
- Invitation to the Carmel Marathon Weekend volunteer appreciation post-race party
- Complimentary snacks and refreshments

Learn more and sign up here!

03/21/16 - Plan your race weekend!

Yes, there is more to Carmel than roundabouts! Plan your race weekend now... Our friends at the Hamilton County Tourism have restaurant, lodging and sight-seeing ideas in and around the Carmel area. Click here for a free Hamilton County Travel Guide!

03/07/16 - Two races, 26.2 miles, one marathon accomplishment!

The Carmel Half Marathon and Geist Half Marathon are teaming up for the State Farm 26.2 Half Marathon Challenge!

Challenge Membership Includes:
- A Half Marathon Challenge embroidered jacket
- VIP Access to both events
- A special collector’s edition medal
- Two chances to win airfare, hotel and a free race entry to the March 2017 Publix Georgia Half Marathon in Atlanta!

Learn more and sign up here.

02/09/16 - Mark your calendar for the Carmel Marathon Fitness Expo Presented by Gramercy

We are pleased to announce Gramercy as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend's Fitness Expo!

The Carmel Marathon Fitness Expo Presented by Gramercy, to be held on Friday, April 15, is FREE and open to the public during registration and participant packet pick-up. This will be the only location to pick up your participant packet bag. There will be NO registration or packet pick up on race day. Registration will be available at the Fitness Expo. Learn more here.

Formerly known as Mohawk Hills, Gramercy is an established community located in one of the most desirable Carmel locations. Click here to learn more about their recently renovated apartments, located at Keystone Avenue and 126th Street.

02/04/16 - Carmel Marathon announces AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish

The AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish!
Carmel Marathon and AmeriFirst Home Mortgage introduce a new on-course challenge that includes strategy and planning, and provides an equal chance for all runners to win.

Marathon & half marathon participants: this is your challenge!
Carmel Road Racing Group and AmeriFirst Home Mortgage announced a new challenge to add excitement to the 2016 Carmel Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon. The AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge will pay a cash purse to the participants who record the biggest difference between their overall pace and their last half-mile split. The top three male and female finishers will receive $100 (first), $75 (second), and $50 (third) in the marathon and half marathon events.

How the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish works:
A timing mat will be placed at the last half-mile location and will record every runner's pace as they sprint to the finish line. Timing and scoring will compare each runner’s half-mile finish pace to their overall pace for the entire distance. The top three participants with largest difference will win the money!

To keep it simple, here are a few examples:
- Bill runs the marathon in 4:34 (10:30 pace) then sprints the last half mile and records an 8:19/mile pace. His difference equals 2:11.
- Carla runs the marathon in 4:02 (9:15 pace) then sprints the last half mile and records a 8:05 pace. Her difference equals 1:10.
- Jim runs the half marathon in 1:45 (8:00 pace) then sprints the last half mile and records a 7:45 pace. His difference equals .15.
- Joe walk/runs the half marathon in 3:20 (15:16 pace) then sprints the last half mile and records a 10:00 pace. His difference equals 5:16.

How can you be involved?
So who will use strategy to win the AmeriFirst challenge? Will you hold back 25.7 miles or 12.6 miles then get after it the last half mile? Winners will be announced post-race on Sunday via email and on CarmelMarathon.com. Checks will be mailed after the winners are announced.

If you're already registered, you are in the challenge! If not, sign up today!

02/01/16 - We are the champions...

Continuing with a tradition of the Carmel Road Racing Group, the winners of the 2016 Carmel Marathon, Carmel Half Marathon, Horizon Bank 8K and Carmel 5K will receive a special "champion" scarf.

Will records break this April? Join us to find out!

01/27/16 - Run to help others!

Our featured charity for 2016 is in partnership with the Indianapolis Medical Society (IMS). IMS benefits the Gennesaret Free Clinics, staffed by healthcare professionals and other concerned individuals who have offered their talents and training to the homeless and low income residents of Indianapolis. Through their volunteer efforts, Gennesaret endeavors to provide competent, accessible and compassionate healthcare to the needy. The Carmel Marathon Weekend will contribute to IMS and the Gennesaret Free Clinics for every person who signs up with Team IMS. Select "Team IMS" on your registration form to help the cause today!

01/22/16 - Event tees: Fresh and clean for 2016

Check it out: our 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend event shirts!

01/21/16 - We saved a bib for you!

The 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend race bibs are designed, ordered and ready for some pins! Will you be wearing one on April 16? Click here to register today!

01/20/16 - Let us set the pace!

Once again, the Carmel Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon will offer pacers. One of the biggest mistakes you can make on race day is starting out too fast, so let one of our experienced pacers support you through your race!

Marathon Pace Times:
3:00; 3:05; 3:10; 3:15; 3:25; 3:30; 3:35; 3:40; 3:45; 3:55; 4:00; 4:00; 4:10; 4:25; 4:40; 4:55; 5:10

Half Marathon Pace Times:
1:30; 1:40; 1:45; 1:55; 2:00; 2:10; 2:15; 2:30; 3:00

Learn more here.

01/13/16 - Unveiling of the 2016 medals

We are excited to unveil the designs of the 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend medals! Register now and we'll save one for you! Already registered? Click here to confirm your entry.

Let us know what you think about our 2016 medals on our Facebook page or via Twitter!

01/03/16 - Don't toss those shoes--recycle them in April!

Back on my feet logo

Back on My Feet Indianapolis, a long-time charity partner of the Carmel Marathon Weekend, will collect gently used shoes at our expo on Friday, April 15, in collaboration with ShoeBox Recycling. Every pair that is recycled helps Back on My Feet Indianapolis raise funds to continue to promote independence in the Indianapolis homeless community.

Accepted: all types of wearable (no holes in the soles, or shoes that need cobbling or mending) pairs of men's, women's and kids shoes in all shapes, sizes and colors, including athletic shoes, cleats, work boots, dress shoes, casual shoes, sandals, heels, and flats; anything as long as they are gently used and re-wearable.

Not accepted: ski boots, heavy winter boots, roller skates/blades, ice skates, flip-flops/crocs, bedroom slippers and single shoes.

For more information, please click here.

11/04/15 - 2016 capacity limits

The 2016 Carmel Marathon Weekend has two new capacity limits. The full marathon will be capped at 1,000 participants, and the half marathon will be limited to 2,000 participants. Based on 2015 registration numbers, both events will sell out before April! Don't miss out on our sixth annual event... register today!

The Carmel Marathon Weekend was recently featured on leading fitness website Active.com. Click here to read the article.