Frequently Asked Questions:

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

What events will the Carmel Marathon Weekend offer?

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 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?

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

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

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?

Is there a maximum registration cap in 2017?

Will GU's be offered on the course?


What events will the Carmel Marathon Weekend offer?

Carmel Marathon, Carmel Half Marathon, Carmel 8K, and Carmel 5K. All events will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, starting at 7:30 a.m. Eastern.

7:15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
7:20 a.m. National Anthem
7:25 a.m. Final Pre-Race Announcements
7:30 a.m. Start of All Events
8:30 a.m. 8K and 5K Awards Ceremony
10:30 a.m. Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
11:15 a.m. 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

Are the event courses certified and where are the maps?

The Marathon (#IN11008GAN), Half Marathon (#IN11007GAN) and 8K are all USATF certified. All races will begin at 7:30 a.m., and will begin and finish at the Palladium at the corner of 3rd Avenue and City Center Drive. View the course maps here.

Is there a marathon disabilities or wheelchair division?

No, we have discontinued these divisions due to the narrowness of the course during the park sections.

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?

Yes, there will be bands, DJs and cheer groups along both the half-marathon and marathon routes. 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 7:30 a.m. start, the marathon and half marathon courses have a maximum course time of 6.5 hours or until 2 p.m. The 8K and 5K also start at 7:30 a.m. 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 at 2 p.m..
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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 can I register for the event?

Registration is LIVE and can be found here. You can also downgrade/change your event registration, or transfer your registration to another participant here. You can receive a copy of your confirmation via email here.

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

Packet Pickup is located at the Fitness Expo, hosted by the Monon Community Center at 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032. The Expo is free and open to the public on Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be NO Packet Pick up or Race day 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?

Yes! We realize that training can go much better than expected, or maybe not quite as expected. There is a change fee to switch and drop to a shorter race (full to half or half to 8K). Changes can only be made ONLINE and can be executed HERE. This is the ONLY way a race switch can take place. NOTE: no money will be refunded for changing distances to a shorter event. To switch to a longer event, participants must pay the fee difference between the time of change when changing from a shorter distance to a longer distance. Please email service@getmeregistered.com if you would like to change to a longer distance.
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Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Yes! Please click here and choose "Transfer to Another Participant." If the new participant will also downgrade the race event, please email service@getmeregistered.com.
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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. However, you can transfer your registration to another participant (please see above).
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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 still 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: Monon Community Center, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032   317-848-7275

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 the our official hotels to the Start/Finish area from 5:15 to 8 am. 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 a.m. the shuttle will run approximately once per hour through 2:30 p.m. 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 to 8:30 p.m.

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, we will have corrals in place based on expected pace. Our Pacers will line up in the corrals with signs indicating their pace and finish time. We ask you to line up accordingly.
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What is the course elevation and terrain like?

Each course is slightly rolling but fast and scenic with less than 200 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 water stations, medical and port-o-lets on the course?

Each water station will contain water, PowerAde and port-o-lets. Click here for water station locations marked on course maps. Water stations will not offer chews, etc. but water station L and P will offer GUs (see below). The water stops will be staffed with medical personnel from our Official Medical partner, St. Vincent Carmel. Please plan ahead and bring what you have trained with!
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Is there a maximum registration cap in 2016?

Yes! The Carmel Marathon will be limited to 1,000 participants. The Carmel Half Marathon will be limited to 2,000 participants. Based on our predicted growth, both full and half marathon races will sell out, so be sure to register early! There will be no registration cap on the 8K and 5K events.
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What is the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge, and how can I win?

Click here to learn about the AmeriFirst Sprint to the Finish challenge!
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Will GU's be offered on the course?

Yes! GU's will be offered on the course. Two flavors will be available: (Triberry with caffeine and Strawberry Banana with no caffeine). They will be available at the following water stops:
- Water stop L = mile 9.4 for half marathoners and mile 16.5 for the marathoners
- Water Stop P = mile 22 for the marathoners

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