Frequently Asked Questions:

What events will the Carmel Marathon Weekend offer?

What is the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge, and how can I win?

Are the event courses certified and are there course maps?

Is there a disabilities division?

Will there be pacers?

Will there be entertainment?

Are walkers allowed to participate and are there time limits?

Can I use an iPOD or other device for music?

When/where can I register for the event?

Where do I pick up get my bib number and race packet?

Can a friend pick up my Participant Race Packet?

Can I run in a different race than I registered for?

What if I am not able to participate, are there refunds or can I defer to next year?

Will there be a pre-race pasta meal?

Where can I order merchandise?

What if I start and can’t finish the race?

What type of timing system is the event using?

Are there age minimums?

Are baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, dogs or bicycles allowed in any event?

May I exchange my event shirt for a different size at the Expo?

What are the cross streets for the start/finish area?

Will there be shuttles available?

Will there be a gear check?

Will there be start line corrals?

What is the course elevation and terrain like?

Will there be water stations, medical personnel and port-o-lets on the course?

Will there be runner tracking?

Will GU be offered on the course?


What events will the Carmel Marathon Weekend offer?

Carmel Marathon, Carmel Half Marathon, Carmel 8K, Carmel 5K and Marathon Relay. All events will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018, starting at 8:00 AM Eastern.

7:45 AM Opening Ceremonies
7:50 AM National Anthem
7:55 AM Final Pre-Race Announcements
8:00 AM Start of All Events
9:00 AM 8K and 5K Awards Ceremony
11:00 AM Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
11:45 AM Marathon Awards Ceremony
Cash Awards Ceremonies will take place on the west entrance of the Palladium by the Tom Wood car display. Age group awards will be distributed at the Results Tent

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Are the event courses certified and where are the maps?

The Marathon (#IN17003TDK), Half Marathon (#IN17004TDK) and 8K are all USATF certified. All races will begin at 8:00 AM, and will begin and finish at the Palladium at the corner of 3rd Avenue and City Center Drive. View the course maps here.
For historical purposes, the certification for the marathon course from 2011-2016 was IN11008GAN. The 2017 course was certified as IN17003TDK. The new courses will be recertified in 2018.

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Is there a marathon disabilities or wheelchair division?

No, we discontinued these divisions due to the narrowness of the course during the park sections.
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Will pacers be provided for the Marathon and Half Marathon?

Yes, there will be pacers for both distances. Click here for the pace times.
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Will there be entertainment?

Traditionally, bands and cheer groups have set up along the course. We encourage interested music groups to contact us as we are always seeking more.
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Are walkers allowed to participate and are there time limits?

All events are walker-friendly including the marathon and half marathon. With a 8:00 AM start, the marathon and half marathon courses have a maximum course time of 6.5 hours or until roughly 2:30 PM. The 8K and 5K also start at 8:00 AM and do not have time restrictions. Any runner/walker that fails to maintain the minimum pace will be asked to get in the SAG Wagon or asked to walk on the sidewalk. The Finish Line will officially close 6.5 hours after the last marathoner and half marathoner cross the start line.
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May I use an iPod or other device for music?

iPod or other music devices are allowed but we ask that you stay safe and aware by keeping volumes at a low level in case of emergency. Rule 144.3 of USA Track and Field enables race directors to choose to allow the use of headphones by runners in non-championship races. The only exception to this new rule is those elite athletes competing for money are not allowed to use iPods or music devices.
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When/where can I register for the event?

Click here for registration, race changes, transfers, and to confirm a prior registration.


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Where do I pick up get my bib number and race packet?

Packet Pickup is located at the Fitness Expo, hosted by Carmel High School Fieldhouse at 520 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032. The Expo is free and open to the public on Friday from 11 AM to 9 PM. There will be NO Packet Pick up or Registration on race day.
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Can a friend pick up my Participant Race Packet?

Yes with a copy of email entry confirmation.
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Can I run in a different race than I registered for?

This will be available for 2018. We realize that training can go much better than expected, or maybe not quite as expected. To switch to a longer event, participants must pay an upgrade fee dependent on distance. There is a fee to switch and drop to a shorter race; no money will be refunded for changing distances to a shorter event. Click here to change distances. This is the ONLY way a race switch can take place. Please do not switch on race morning unless you have a specific exception from race staff. Once the race has started, do not change distances. This kind of change is problematic for our timers and causes re-work on results (and sometimes awards). It will also get you disqualified from the event. If this happens accidentally or unintentionally, PLEASE visit the timing tent so that we can take you out of the incorrect results.
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What if I am not able to participate, are there refunds or deferrals available?

Unfortunately, we do not offer either refunds or deferrals.
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Will there be a pre-race pasta meal?

Carmel Marathon Weekend does not offer a race-specific pasta meal. Carmel and Hamilton County have many dining options. More information can be found on the Dining Page here.
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Where can I order merchandise?

Official event merchandise will be available for purchase at the Expo or online here prior to the Marathon Weekend Expo.
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What if I can’t finish the race?

We’ll help you out! There will be a vehicle following the marathon and half marathon. Anyone who cannot finish or cannot keep the minimum pace will enjoy a free ride back to the post race area.
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What type of timing system is the event using?

The Carmel Marathon Weekend will be using MyLaps disposable timing tags. Participants must wear their pre-assigned bib number to enter the pace corrals.
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Are there any age minimums?

Participants must be at least 12 years of age on race day to register for the Half Marathon and 16 years of age to register for the Marathon. There are no age minimums for the 8K or 5K but all youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and all those under the age of 16 must have a parental waiver signed.
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Are baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, dogs or bicycles allowed in any event?

The only events in which strollers, baby joggers, and wheelchairs are allowed in are the 8K and 5K. There are no exceptions for the Marathon or Half Marathon. For the 8K and 5K, baby jogger and stroller participants must start at the back of the field for safety. Only registered participants are allowed on the courses. Any adult person not wearing a race bib will be removed immediately.
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May I exchange my event shirt for a different size at the Expo?

Our event shirts are gender specific! If you need to exchange sizes, we may have additional sizes available at the Expo Shirt Exchange or the apparel trailer onsite parked in the Finish line area.
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What are the cross streets of the start/finish line area?

Carmel Marathon Expo: Carmel High School Fieldhouse, 520 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032

Start and Finish for all events: 3rd Avenue and City Center Drive

Event Parking: Parking garage and open areas south of the finish line on 3rd Avenue, College Drive and Congressional Blvd in Carmel, Indiana

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Will there be shuttles available?

Hotel Shuttle Info:
Shuttles will run on race day from our official hotels to the Start/Finish area from 5:45 AM to 2:30 PM. All buses will drop-off runners at Gradle Drive and 3rd Avenue (2 blocks south of the Start/Finish line). These shuttles will run on a continuous basis. After 8 AM the shuttle will run approximately once per hour through 3:00 PM. Click here for the shuttle map.

Packet Pickup Shuttle:
A shuttle van will run Friday evening for packet pickup from our official hotels from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


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Will there be a gear check?

Yes. The gear check will be located just west of the Center Green on 3rd Avenue (at the end of the finish chute). The drop off and pick up will be at the same location.
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Will there be start line corrals?

Yes, for the half marathon and marathon, there will be four corrals: A, B, C, and D. You will be assigned a corral (listed on your bib) based on the estimated finish time you provided when you registered. Our pacers will also line up in the corrals with signs indicating their pace and finish time. We ask you to line up accordingly. You may move back to a later letter corral (example: from A to C) if you desire, but please do not move forward beyond your assigned corral. There will be pace signs in the starting area. Please line up accordingly. Each corral of the half marathon/marathon will be released to start at 90 second intervals. The 5k and 8k race will begin directly at 8:00 AM.
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What is the course elevation and terrain like?

Each course is slightly rolling but fast and scenic with less than 550 foot elevation change over the entire distance. There are long but rolling straights, scenic running/walking paths through parks, various urban and semi-rural landscapes and a finish you will not forget!
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Will there be Aid stations, medical and port-o-lets on the course?

Each water station will contain water, PowerAde and port-o-lets. The 2018 map showing aid station locations is coming soon. Aid stations will not offer chews, etc. The aid stations will be staffed with Franciscan Health Carmel medical personnel. Please plan ahead and bring what you have trained with!
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Will there be runner tracking?

Yes! Interested spectators, friends, and family can sign up for live runner tracking that will email or text when their runner has passed over timing mats on-course and at the finish. Marathon and half marathon tracking updates will occur at the start, various points along the course, and the finish. 8k and 5k updates will occur at the start and finish line only.

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What is the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge, and how can I win?

Learn about the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge here
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Will GU be offered on the course?

NO. We will not be offering supplements on course beyond water and PowerAde

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