Below are some of the questions we're asked most often. If you don't find the information you're looking for, drop us a note.
*Some of the information below may have changed due to the 2020 date postponement. For answers to 2020 Carmel Marathon FAQs, please refer to our home page HERE:
What events will the Carmel Marathon Weekend offer?
Carmel Marathon Weekend offers the Carmel Marathon, Carmel Half Marathon, Indiana Spine Group 10K, Indiana Members Credit Union 5K and Marathon Relay. All events will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020, starting at 8 a.m. Eastern. (See 2020 Postponement FAQs for time changes)
Opening Ceremonies - 7:45 a.m.
National Anthem - 7:50 a.m.
- Final Pre-Race Announcements - 7:55 a.m.
- Start of 5K and 10K - 8:00 a.m.
- Start of Marathon & Half Marathon - 8:10 a.m.
- 5K Awards Ceremony - 9:00 a.m.
- 10K Awards Ceremony - 9:30 a.m.
- Half Marathon Awards Ceremony - 11:00 a.m.
- Marathon Awards Ceremony - 11:45 a.m.
Cash Awards Ceremonies will take place at 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 (#IN9002TDK), half marathon (#IN9001TDK) and 10K are all USATF certified. All races will begin at 8 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.
For historical purposes, the certification for the marathon course from 2011-2016 was IN11008GAN. The 2017 course was certified as IN17003TDK. The 2018 marathon course was certified as IN18005TDK, and the half marathon was IN18006TDK.
The USATF Sanction number is 19-16-021.
Is there a marathon disabilities or wheelchair division?
No, we discontinued these divisions due to the narrowness of the course during the park sections.
Are there finisher medals?
Yes, finishers of every race distance will receive a medal.
Will pacers be provided for the marathon and half marathon?
We are pleased to again offer pacers for the full and half marathon. Our experienced pace team is designed to help runners reach their goals in both the half marathon and the marathon. For more information about pace times click here.
When will I receive my start corral assignment and final packet pickup information?
We will begin sending the 2020 Participant Newsletter to registered runners and walkers beginning in February with increased frequency as we near race weekend. Our Fitness Expo page includes all the details you need about packet pickup and the expo. Corrals will be assigned and communicated during race week once we reach roughly 98 percent registration. Corral assignments will also be reflected on participants' race bibs.
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.
Are there time limits for each race?
Yes. The marathon, half marathon and 10K have a minimum pace time limit. The maximum overall time for the marathon is 6.5 hours or roughly a 15:00/mile pace. Half marathoners need to maintain the same pace (15:00/mile) through mile 11. 10K participants need to maintain a 16:00 minute/mile pace, while 5K participants need to maintain a 20:00 minute/mile pace.
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 that those elite athletes competing for money are not allowed to use iPods or music devices.
When/where can I register for the event?
Click here for registration, race changes, transfers, and to confirm a prior registration.
Where do I pick up my bib number and race packet?
Packet pickup is located at the Fitness Expo, hosted at the
Carmel High School Cafeteria, Freshman Center, Door 16 at 520 E. Main St., 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 pickup or registration on race day.
Can a friend pick up my Participant Race Packet?
Yes, just bring a copy of your friend's race confirmation, or a copy of their driver's license.
What if I am not able to participate? Are refunds or deferrals available? (See 2020 Postponement FAQs for changes.)
It is our policy that we do not offer either refunds or deferrals.
You may transfer your entry to another participant for a $10 transfer fee.
The transfer deadline is March 15th. The current registered person must provide the person transferring in with a copy of the registration.
All person-to-person transfers are $10, regardless of the event.
Downgrades from the half and full to the 10K or 5K are $10.
Downgrades from the marathon to the half are $20.
Can I run in a different race than I registered for? (See 2020 Postponement FAQs for time changes)
Yes, however you must adjust your race prior to the close of the Expo. To switch to a longer event, participants will be credited what they've already paid toward the current price of the distance they wish to run.
There is a $10 or $20 fee to switch and drop to a shorter race; no money will be refunded for changing to a shorter event. To downgrade to a shorter distance, select the relevant downgrade option on the registration page. All online downgrades must be completed by midnight on April 2, 2020. Downgrades can also be completed in person at the Expo.
Will there be a pre-race pasta meal?
Local restaurants will again be offering pasta dinners for Carmel Marathon Weekend. Additional dining options in Carmel and Hamilton County can be found on the Dining Page.
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.
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 in a visible spot to enter the pace corrals and throughout the race.
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 10K 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.
Are baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, or bicycles allowed in any event?
Baby joggers are allowed in the 5K only. There are no exceptions for the Marathon, Half Marathon, or Indiana Spine Group 10K.
Participants with baby joggers must start at the back of the field for safety.
Wheelchairs are allowed on the course; there are no racing wheelchairs or handcycle divisions.
Only registered participants are allowed on the courses. Anyone participating without a bib is subject to potential removal from the course.
Can I run with my dog?
Due to course changes, and the number of participants, dogs are not allowed in any of the race distances.
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.
What are the cross streets of the start/finish line area?
Carmel Marathon Expo: Carmel High Cafeteria, Freshman Center, Door 16, 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032.
Start/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
Will there be shuttles available?
Hotel Shuttle Info: Shuttles will run on race day from the Renaissance Hotel to the Start/Finish area from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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.
Packet Pickup Shuttle: A shuttle van will run Friday evening for packet pickup from our Renaissance Hotel from 4:30 p.m 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.
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. The 5k and 10K races will begin directly at 8 a.m. and is self-seeding.
What is the course elevation and terrain like?
Each course is slightly rolling but fast and scenic with less than 400 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!
Will there be aid stations, medical and port-o-lets on the course?
Each water station will contain water, Gatorade and port-o-lets. The 2019 map showing aid station locations can be found on the Course Maps page of this site. Aid stations will not offer chews, gels, etc. - we encourage you to race with the products you've trained with. The aid stations will be staffed with medical personnel from Franciscan Health Carmel.
Will there be runner tracking?
Yes! Interested spectators, friends, and family can sign up to receive text or email alerts 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. 10k and 5k updates will occur at the start and finish line only.
The link to sign up for tracking is available here.
Will GU be offered on the course?
No. Water and Gatorade will be available at multiple spots along the course. We encourage participants to use the nutrition they trained with.
Disabilities Division Discontinued
We have tried separate formats for a disabilities division in previous years, and unfortunately neither worked based on our course open and closure restrictions with the city of Carmel. Therefore, the Disabilities Division has been unfortunately discontinued since 2016.