Event News

03/01/15 - Reminder: register early to save!

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While there's still snow on the ground here in Carmel, we are looking forward to April and our fifth annual event! Register now before our next price increase to save!




02/26/15 - Volunteer registration now open!

As with any event, our success is reliant upon the work of many individuals that make up one team... including our volunteers! More than 400 volunteers are needed to fill shifts during the weekend on committees ranging from packet pick-up and gear check, to transportation and race day/finish line operations.

Volunteer benefits:
- Carmel Marathon Weekend official volunteer t-shirt
- Invitation to the Carmel Marathon Weekend volunteer appreciation post-race party
- Complimentary snacks and refreshments
- Opportunity to be a part of Carmel's largest running event of the year!

To volunteer, please CLICK HERE and find a position that best suits your interests and skills! If you don't see a date or time listed that works in your schedule, please let us know--we can still find a place for you!

If you have a group or team (church group, school sports team, Girl or Boy Scouts troop, etc.) that would like to volunteer, please contact Lori at volunteer@carmelmarathon.com or Todd at todd@carmelmarathon.com.

Questions? Please contact Lori Pearson at volunteer@carmelmarathon.com. Thank you for your support!

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Special thanks to Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP for their support as the Official Sponsor of the volunteer group!




02/26/15 - Vitality Bowls supports our pacers--and you!

Bring in your race bib to Vitality Bowls on Main Street in Carmel for 10 percent off your order! Thanks to Vitality Bowls for supporting our 2015 pacing team!

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02/17/15 - Sneak peek: Horizon Bank 8K shirts

2015 will be year three of the Hoosier Park 8K Triple Crown Series with event one being the Horizon Bank 8K. Learn more and register here, and check out a sneak peek of the Horizon Bank 8K participant shirt below.

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02/16/15 - 2015 expo tour kicks off at Indy Polar Bear!

The Carmel Marathon Weekend expo tour is back for 2015--and we are ready to hit the road! Visit us at the Indy Polar Bear 5K, 5 Mile and Doubler on Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Indiana War Memorial lobby in downtown Indianapolis.

  • $10 off the Carmel Marathon or Carmel Half Marathon
  • $5 off the Horizon Bank 8K or Stay Healthy Hamilton County 5K
  • Discounted race apparel

Can't make it to the expo? Be sure to register before April 1 to save!




02/06/15 - Meet our ambassadors!

We are thrilled to be announce our new ambassadors for the 2015 Carmel Marathon Weekend.

Our ambassadors come from a variety of running backgrounds, and are energetic and loyal supporters of the Carmel Marathon Weekend. They help keep those in their local running communities informed and motivated about the race.

Click here to meet our 2015 ambassadors!




01/29/15 - Recycle your shoes and help the Indianapolis community!

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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 17, 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.



01/28/15 - Introducing the Stay Healthy Hamilton County 5K

New for 2015, the Stay Healthy Hamilton County 5K was added in celebration of our fifth anniversary. Learn more about the event here, and register now here.

We are pleased to have the support of the Hamilton County Sports Authority, a division of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. The Hamilton County Sports Authority supports the continued growth of youth sports in Hamilton County that contributes to local quality of life for residents, while providing outstanding opportunities for visitors to participate at premiere sports facilities. Learn more here.

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01/14/15 - Race transfers now available

Need to change your event registration from the full marathon to the half marathon? 8K to 5K? This option is now available online! Please click here and choose "Race Switch."

Can't use your race registration as planned? You can now transfer your registration to a friend! Please click here and choose "Transfer to Another Participant." If the new participant also needs to change the event (downgrade to another race), please email service@getmeregistered.com with details.



01/09/15 - 2015 medals are in... will you earn yours in April?

Hot off the press: we've received the first shipment of our 2015 race medals!

Register now to earn your medal on April 18!

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12/24/14 - A Christmas gift for you: 2015 medal preview!

Merry Christmas! Here's a preview of our 2015 Carmel Marathon and Half Marathon medals. Want one at the finish line on April 18? Register now!



12/15/14 - Vitality Bowls Pacing Team adds new group

The Vitality Bowls Pacing Team recently added a 3:00 hour pace group for the 2015 Carmel Marathon. Twelve percent of our 2014 finishers hit their Boston qualifier times! To view all marathon and half marathon pace groups, please click here.



12/03/14 - Carmel Marathon announces Olympic-style, name-only bibs for Marathon and Half Fields

December 3, 2014 - Today the Carmel Marathon Weekend unveiled a special promotion for their 5th anniversary in 2015. All participants in the marathon and half marathon fields will receive an Olympic-style, name-only bib.

"We are extremely excited about the excitement this will create," said race director Todd Oliver. "Until now, only elites in certain races or in the Olympics received the personalized bibs. At Carmel in 2015 the entire field will look like elites, and it will provide the spectators easy viewing of the names."

Runners will automatically have their last names printed on the bibs with the exception of names more than 11 characters or if a participant does not want their name listed. In those two scenarios, the participant can type in another option or opt for the traditional bib number.

Small numbers will be listed below the names for backup scoring and gear check.

Registration for all events is available here.



08/06/14 - Carmel Marathon Ambassader Program

Ambassador Program


We are thrilled to be accepting applications for our brand new ambassador program for the 2015 Carmel Marathon.

Ambassadors will come from a variety of running backgrounds. They will be energetic and loyal supporters of the Carmel Marathon Weekend. They must be wiling to keep those in their running community informed and motivated about the race.

We will accept ambassadors for each distance - 5K, 8K, half and full marathon as well as both local runners and runners from each region of the country.

Program Requirements:

• Local Ambassadors must have participated in the 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 Carmel Marathon

• Ambassador must be committed to participating in the 2015 Carmel Marathon

• Ambassador must be willing to promote the Carmel Marathon at runs and events (running stores, races, running clubs, etc.)

• Ambassador must be willing to interact with the Carmel Marathon on our social media channels

• Ambassador must be willing to blog about the Carmel Marathon

• Race Weekend Support – One Volunteer Shift at expo

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Ambassador Perks:**

• Complimentary Race Registration

• Official Carmel Marathon Ambassador Gear

• Discounts on two Additional Carmel Road Racing Group Events

• Profile hosted on The Carmel Marathon Website with picture, a short paragraph, link to your blog and social media

• Post race VIP Tent Access

• Additional incentives based on involvement

Apply for the Carmel Marathon Ambassador Program



07/06/14 - Carmel Marathon Adds 5K for 2015, Changes Start Time for the Horizon Bank 8K

(Carmel) Carmel Marathon has announces the addition of the Carmel 5K along with a start time change of the Horizon Bank 8K for 2015!

"We are excited about the changes for 2015," stated Race Director Todd Oliver. "The addition of the Carmel 5K will allow more people to enjoy to our event. The 5K is one of the most popular distances for run/walks and a great distance for beginners or for those used to racing that distance."

The Carmel 5K will start at the same time as the Horizon Bank 8K and both events will start at the same time as the marathon and half but from a different starting corral. "The decision to move the 8K start time to 7:30 AM, along with the 5K start, allows all participants and spectators to enjoy the Opening Ceremonies, National Anthem and countdown to start. This will bring over 4,000 participants to our start line making the 2015 the biggest to date."

The marathon and half marathoners will be running east using the 2 lanes south of the meridian with the 8K and 5K participants running east using the 2 lanes north of the meridian. All events will finish at the same finish line.



04/14/14 - 2014 Race Photos now Posted!

Photos for the 2014 event can be found HERE

If you have questions regarding your photos, please contact Steve at Star Photo at sshorr@starphotoimaging.com.

Save the date for the 5th Annual event scheduled for April 18th, 2015.



03/06/14 - Carmel Marathon Registration sets record for 2014

(Carmel, IN) It maybe only the fourth year for the event but 2014 will be another record year in the marathon! The event had 1,000 participant cap in 2013 but had it lifted after discussions with local police and the addition of wave starts. The marathon is now the 2nd largest marathon in the state and the half marathon moved from 10th to 7th on the half marathon chart.

The event moved up a week from its traditional third week in April time because of the lateness of Easter in 2014. Its plan is to shift back to the third week in 2015 with April 18th as its event date.