Event News

05/19/17 - Success takes a team: One runner's story

It is always great to read success stories from our runners! Click here for another, as published in the Carmel Current. Thank you for running with us, Jim!

04/30/17 - Carmel Marathon “2.0” Announced. New Date & Course for 2018!

CARMEL, IND (April 27, 2017) – Carmel Road Racing Group announced changes for 2018 under the title “Carmel Marathon 2.0” offering a better runner and spectator experience. The highlighted 2.0 changes include an earlier event date and a new faster, flatter course for the 2018 Carmel Marathon Weekend. The changes have been designed to improve both runner and spectator experiences. Details of the key changes include:

• A new earlier spring date offering coolers temps for runners. The date for 2018 is March 31.
• New courses for both the marathon and half marathon events. In 2018, marathon and half marathon participants will run together for the first 13 miles. Joining the marathon and half marathon runners together will offer bigger spectator crowds and reduced traffic congestion for the community.
• The second half of the marathon course will take runners to new sections of Carmel. The second 13 miles will include additional miles on the Monon Greenway and a trek to the west side of US 31 removing busy vehicle traffic areas around the runners.

Download the 2018 Marathon and Half Marathon course map HERE!

The change in date makes the Carmel Marathon Weekend one of the first major Midwest marathons in the spring. The earlier date allows runners to run the Carmel Marathon Weekend with plenty of recovery time to run a second spring event such as the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, Kentucky Derby Marathon, and Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon. According to race director Todd Oliver, “The earlier date also eliminates a date conflict with Boston. As one of the faster courses in the US, many runners qualify at Carmel but cannot return the following year because we were the same weekend as Boston. 21.3% of our marathon finishers last week ran a BQ time. Combined with the appeal of cooler weather in late March, I think we can get that percentage higher.”

The date change will offer benefits to local businesses and the Carmel community as well. “The new course reduces some of the heavy traffic conditions our old course created. Now that our date is positioned on Spring Break weekend for Carmel Schools (March 30-April 6, 2018), our economic impact will be more pronounced because we are bringing folks to the city during a time that is traditionally slower for businesses,” said Oliver. “The 5,000 to 6,000 visitors that come to the event will provide a welcomed influx of lodging, retail and restaurant business for the area.”

The course change also means there will be fewer traffic restrictions for residents during the race and less need for police offices and medical crews.

“We believe Carmel Marathon 2.0 is going to be great. 2017 was our 5th consecutive record-breaking year for participants. The new course offers plenty of opportunity for continued growth and now we are ready for it,” Oliver said.

About the Carmel Marathon Weekend:
The eighth annual Carmel Marathon Weekend on March 31, 2018 will feature a full marathon, half marathon, the Indiana Spine Group 8K and the Carmel 5K. The event offers a fast course (certified Boston Qualifier) through scenic roads and paved trails in the popular Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind. For more information, please visit CarmelMarathon.com

04/25/17 - AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish Results!

The final results for the Amerifirst Sprint to the Finish have been calculated and published. Winners and top ten for both marathon and half marathon can be found here.

04/24/17 - Race Day Wrap Up

Carmel Marathon Weekend... wow! What a great day for racing. After a week of watching the race day forecast tell us it would either rain or rain a lot, race day morning turned out cool and dry. And some of that typical "it's a headwind from every direction" Indiana breeze. We had many first-timers, several folks running milestone races, and more than a few personal bests at all distances. Record-setting participation too! We hope you had a good day and enjoyed your experience at Carmel.

You can find your results here.

Photographers were out on the course all morning long. Those photos are being cataloged and will be online within the next few days. Please check back.

Marathon Winners
2:27:03 Bryan Morseman, NY
3:12:33 Erin Larusso, MI

Half Marathon Winners
1:09:39 Michael Crouch, KY
1:26:11 Amanda Melvin, MI

ISG 8K Winners
25:05 Jordan Kyle, IN
28:11 Sarah Crouch, KY

5K Presented by OrangeTheory Fitness Winners
17:49 Matt Cuzzort, IN
19:37 Christel Richard, IN

Please join us in 2018!

04/17/17 - New wave start and slightly adjusted start times

Runners and walkers who are registered were emailed important race week information last night. Most should have received the same information in both a web/mobile-friendly version as well as a text email. Please check it out... it details the ten most important things you need to know this week. It also includes some details about the corrals and wave start.

Here are a couple more details. Please note that 8K and 5K participants will start after the final wave of half marathoners/marathoners clears the brief area of construction at Rangeline and 126th.

CARMEL, Ind. (April 17, 2017) – The Carmel Marathon has announced slight adjustments to this year’s start times. “We are happy with the continued growth and support of the Carmel Marathon. 2017 will be our 5th consecutive record-breaking year,” stated Race Director Todd Oliver. “Because of our field size, we are implementing wave starts and corrals for the participants in the marathon and half marathon fields. The corrals will divide the field into four groups (A-D) based on their expected finish times. A 90-second delay will be implemented between each wave or group starting. The wave starts will provide participants added space while running through a new construction zone on the course between miles 1 and 2. Runner safety is first and foremost and this implementation will only add to the runner experience in Carmel.”

Oliver continued, “In addition to the wave starts for the marathon and half marathon field, the 8K and 5K participants will have a 5-minute delayed start with the 5-minute clock starting when the last half marathoner crosses the start line. This delayed start is due to the construction project on 126th between Rangeline Road and Keystone Boulevard. 8K participants use this section as their last mile sprint to the finish and we want to be sure the course is clear from half marathon participants. Again, runner safety through the construction zone is the reason for the delay and only affects the 2017 event.”

04/06/17 - Race week kicks off with a showing of 'Spirit of the Marathon'!

Announcing a race week kickoff event designed to get you into the spirit of the marathon! Join us on Friday, April 14th at 6:30pm for a FREE viewing of the feature-length film 'Spirit of the Marathon', documenting 5 runners' journeys to the finish of the Chicago Marathon.

5-time Carmel Marathon winner and Olympic Trials Marathoner Jesse Davis will be on hand to offer his unique insights on competitive running. Limited tickets available here!

This event is free thanks in part to the Carmel Public Library Foundation.

03/31/17 - Race Day Entertainment

As we approach the big weekend, our Race Day Entertainment page is being updated daily with information about the different artists who will be performing on race day. Check back regularly for information about new artists we've added and for location information!

03/06/17 - The Endurance House 26.2 Half Marathon Challenge is back!

The Carmel Half Marathon has teamed up with The Geist Half Marathon again this year to bring you The Endurance House 26.2 Half Marathon Challenge. Sign up for cool stuff and VIP treatment. Only 150 spots are available. Learn more HERE.

And yes, if you are running the marathon at Carmel, you can play too!

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."