5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Jingle Bell Run 5k
    This race is the longest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race series! Proceeds of this event go to the Arthritis Foundation. Preregistered runners of this walker friendly race will receive a race shirt and jingle bells. Race begins at 9:25am at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.
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    Indianapolis 9 December 2017 Jingle Bell Run
    Santa Dash 5k
    The first 50 runners that sign up for this race will receive a COMPLETE Santa costume!  All other runners will receive a Santa hat. There will also be an Ugly Sweater raffle too.  Course will go through the town of Porter and proceeds will go Town of Porter Parks Department. Race begins at 9:00am at Hawthorne Park.
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    Porter 17 December 2017 Crazy Legs Race Series
    Donut 5k
    Will you run for donuts?  Jack's Donuts will be supplying this race with more than 8,000 donut holes on course and full size donuts at the finish line! Finishers will receive a medal and a "Donut Me" shirt. Post race beer and mimosa will be available to runners over 21. The post race celebration will be held at the Carmel Racquet Club and will include a silent auction and other activities.
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    Carmel 23 December 2017 Donut 5k
    Cheers to the New Years! 5k
    Start the year off with this 5k that rewards runners with a finishers medal and a free pint of Big Lug Beer.  Participants will be able to put their 2018 goal on their bib and their long sleeve race shirt! This flat, fast course goes through the city of Indianapolis and will help you start the year off with a PB. Race begins at 10:00am.
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    Indianapolis 1 January 2018 Cheers to the New Years! 5k
    Resolution Run Indy 5k
    Add this 5k to your New Year's Resolution! This race starts and finishes at The Pavilion at the Pan Am Plaza and takes runners through downtown Indianapolis.  Race begins at 11:00am. Some course highlights include Lucas Oil Stadium, Victory Field, the White River and more.  Participants will receive a long sleeve shirt and finishers medal.
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    Indianapolis 1 January 2018 Resolution Run
    I Love Coffee 5k
    If you love coffee, really really love coffee, then check out this 5k race! Deathwish Coffee also known as the "Strongest Coffee in the World" will be available post race.  There will also be a post race raffle, featuring Deathwish products.  Runners will meet at Hawthorne Park.  Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Porter 28 January 2018 I Love Coffee 5k
    Be My Valentine Cupcake 5k
    Grab your sweetheart and run this pretty sweet 5k Valentine-themed 5k race! A good part of this course is on the Cultural Trail.  Participants will receive cupcakes, finishers medal and fleece blanket. Runners will meet at The Athenaeum and race begins at 9:30am and check-in will be indoors!
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    Indianapolis 10 February 2018 Be My Valentine Cupcake 5k
    Indy Polar Bear 5k
    This marks the 36th annual Indy Polar Bear races! Runners will be able to stay warm before and after the race in the Franciscan CityWay. Post race party for runners over 21 will be at Metazoa Brewing and participants will receive a free beer.  If runners are looking for more of a challenge, sign up for the 5k and 5 miler which together is called "The Bear".
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    Indianapolis 17 February 2018 Indy Polar Bear
    Sap Run 5k
    Run this 5k and then be treated to a delicious post race pancake breakfast! Runners will meet at Quaker Haven Camp and run 3.1 miles past maple trees that are collecting sap to be boiled down for maple syrup.  The post race all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be available at the dining hall along with the local maple syrup. Participants will also receive a long sleeve race shirt.
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    Syracuse 10 March 2018 Sap Run
    Shamrock 5k Beer Run
    If you are looking beer, running and more beer, then this is the race for you!  Runners will meet at Historic Military Park for the race and St Patrick's Day festivities.  This 5k has a later 2:00pm start. Participants will receive a souvenir beer glass, shirt and finishers medal. There will be several "aid stations" on course serving 3 ounces of beer from different local breweries.
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    Indianapolis 17 March 2018 Shamrock 5k Beer Run

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Indiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5k races in the Indianapolis area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Indianapolis area is host to many 5k races throughout its many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Resolution Run Indy 5k, Shamrock Beer Run 5k and Be My Valentine Cupcake 5k.  However, these are just a few of the 5ks Indianapolis has to offer.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Sarah Strong 10k
    The proceeds of this even to "Passionately Purple, the Sarah Crane Foundation" to help families with children with cancer. Race begins at Bicentennial Park and goes through downtown Elkhart. Race begins at 9:00am. There is also a 5k and Kid's 1 mile fun run.
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    Elkhart 10 March 2018 Sarah Strong 10k
    Shamrock Shuffle 10k
    Great swag and awesome after party - what more can you ask for? Runners will begin and finish at Scotty's Brewhouse. Finishers will receive a unique Celtic Knot finishers medal! Participants will also receive a race shirt and complimentary beer for runners over 21. First 200 registrants will also get a commemorative beer glass!
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    Muncie 17 March 2018 Shamrock Shuffle
    Ringing in Spring 10k
    Start off spring by joining runners at the largest springtime race in Northwest Indiana! All registered runners will receive a quarter zip long sleeve tech shirt. Fruit, granola bars and water will be available at the the finish line for participants.  Proceeds go to the Valparaiso Family YMCA.
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    Valparaiso 7 April 2018 Ringing in Spring
    Spring into Fitness 10k
    Looking to put some spring in your step?  Well start the spring off right with this 10k race!  Course takes place on the Burdette bike path.  Registration includes race shirt.  This is the final race in the Romain Subaru Screaming Eagles Running Series.
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    Evansville 7 April 2018 Spring into Fitness
    Discover Roanoke 10k
    What better way to see Roanoke then by joining runners at the Discover Roanoke 10k! Come early and stay late for the pre- and post-race festivities. The slightly rolling 10k course has a 2 1/2 hour time limit.  Register early to be guaranteed a long sleeve race shirt. All ages are welcome to participate.
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    Roanoke 14 April 2018 Discover Roanoke Run/Walk
    Rock the Block 10k
    Music, food and fun!  This community event will host a timed 10k race as well as a 5k and kids run.  Prepare to be entertained by live music, giveaways and more. This is a family friendly event that benefits benefit area trail projects and organizations serving youth and families.  Participants in the 10k must keep a 12 minute per mile pace.
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    Franklin 21 April 2018 Rock the Block Run
    Race for the Warrior 10k
    Participants will get a chance to run down the runways at the Fort Wayne International Airport in this 10k race! Race proceeds go to the Military Support Fund and the Fort Wayne Base Community Council.  There is also a 10k Wheelchair Division as well.  Stick around for post race music, food and more!
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    Fort Wayne 28 April 2018 Race for the Warrior

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Indiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Indiana?

    There are many to choose from here as Indiana is host to many 10k races throughout its many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Shamrock Shuffle 10k, the Race for the Warrior 10k and the Spring into Fitness 10k.  However, these are just a few of the 10ks Indiana has to offer.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Southern Illinois Spring Classic Half Marathon
    This mostly flat course start at Parkside Elementary school, winds throughs Lawrenceville and finishes at the Lawrence ville High School Track. There will be a free pancake breakfast before the race hosted by Kids Shopping Day.  The race has a 4 hour time limit and water and Gatorade will be available on course. All participants will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win $500!
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    Lawrenceville 24 March 2018 Southern Illinois Spring Classic
    Bound the Mound Half Marathon
    Join runners at Angel Mounds State Historic Site for the half marathon at the Bound the Mound races! Preregistration is strongly encourage as total runners for all races will be capped at 300. Half marathoners will complete 4 laps of this 3.1 trail course plus an out and back section.  Post race s'mores will be available to participants plus addition food that is to be determined.  All finishers will receive a Bound the Mound beanie.
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    Evansville 24 February 2018 Bound the Mound
    No Luck Irish Run Half Marathon
    Finish this half marathon and you'll be treated to a free green beer at the start/finish line, the Claddagh Irish Pub. The course will take runners through Plainfield and the last 5 miles will be on the Plainfield Greenway Trail system.   Participants will receive a super comfy, locally printed race shirt, finishers medal and a free race photos.  Keep the fun going with the post race St. Patty's festivities!
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    Plainfield 17 March 2018 No Luck Irish Run
    Indy Mini Marathon
    This half marathon is one of the biggest in the country! Each wave of runners will be lead by an IndyCar at the start in downtown Indianapolis. The course will even take runners on the  Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500! There will be post race massage, entertainment, food and more. First 500 finishers will receive a special "First 500" medal, but all finishers receive a medal.
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    Indianapolis 5 May 2018 Indy Mini Marathon
    Run with the Foxes Mini Marathon
    This trail half marathon features forest trails, steep climbs, switchbacks, plenty of hills and more!  The race takes place at the Morgan Monroe State Forest and starts at the Cherry Lake dam. Runners will receive top quality a New Balance Tempo running singlet. Aid stations will be every 2-3 miles on course. Post race food and drink will also be available.
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    Martinsville 12 May 2018 Run with the Foxes
    Geist Half Marathon
    Race across the reservoir in this challenging, hilly 13.1 mile race!  Runners will be treated to beautiful views of the Geist Reservoir. Race is walker friendly with a 4 hour time limit.  The post race is family friendly with their popular Kid Zone and pony rides.  For runners over 21, there will be a beer garden.  Race begins at 7:00am.
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    Fishers 19 May 2018 Geist Half Marathon
    New Castle Mini Marathon
    A pancake breakfast will be waiting for runners after they finish this half marathon! And if you need a little boost along the way, make sure to snag a popsicle at one of the aid stations on course. On top of a finishers medal and race shirt, runners will also receive other post race refreshments and a finishers glass. Proceeds benefits the Henry County Special Olympics.
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    New Castle 19 May 2018 New Castle Mini Marathon
    Christmas in July Half Marathon
    Celebrate Christmas in July by running this mini-marathon! The start and finish will be at the Tow Yard Brewing Company, which will be offering runners over 21 a free post race beer. Also for runners over 21, there will be a complementary tasting of White Claw Hard Seltzer by Mike’s Hard Lemonade.  Finishers will be rewarded with a very unique finishers medal- a Christmas tree with 13 blinking lights.   Runners will also receive a shirt and drawstring bag.
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    Indianapolis 14 July 2018 Christmas in July Half Marathon
    Tour de La Porte Half Marathon
    Runners will get an early start (6:30am) in this, you guessed it, 13.1 mile tour of La Porte! This race is part of the Run, Bike, Swim Tour de La Porte 3 Day Challenge.  Register runners will receive a race shirt. Course has a 3 hour time limit and runners are asked to maintain at least a 13:50/mile pace.
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    La Porte 26 August 2018 Tour de La Porte

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Indiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Indiana?

    There are many popular half marathon events to choose from in Indiana.  Whether you are looking for a trail race or a fast, flat race to get a PR, you are sure to find a half marathon that is right for you! A few of the more notable half marathons include the Southern Illinois Spring Classic Half Marathon, the Geist Half Marathon and the No Luck Irish Run Half Marathon.  These are just a few of the great half marathons Indiana has to offer.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Carmel Marathon
    This Boston Qualifier draws runners from all over the United States and is walker friendly with a course limit of 6 1/2 hours after the last person starts.  Some course highlights includeCarmel Clay Parks trails, the Arts and Design District and the Center for the Performing Arts.  The course itself is slightly rolling and scenic.  Runners will receive a race shirt, medal and free race photos as well as post race food, drink and entertainment.
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    Carmel 31 March 2018 Carmel Marathon
    Circular Logic Marathon
    Runners will repeat a 1 mile loop 26 times (plus a the .2 extra at the start) on the West Lafayette Trail system in the beautiful Cumberland Park. This course is paved and flat. Pricing is "a la carte" letting runners choose between shirt and/or medal. Two start times are available and race ends at 3:00pm.
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    West Lafayette 7 April 2018 Circular Logic Marathon
    DWD Gnaw Bone Marathon
    This marathon boast 600 foot ridges, beautiful views and challenging trails! This tough course is 90% single track in Brown County State Park.  Race has a 9 hour time limit and has 5000 feet of elevation gain.   Entry fee covers race shirt, finishers medal and post race refreshments.
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    Nashville 19 May 2018 DWD Gnaw Bone
    Heartland Series Day 3 Marathon
    Runners will complete the 2.184 mile out and back 12 times at Imagination Glen Park.  Walkers are welcome and there is a "no runner left behind" policy.  Race begins at an early 5:00am. There will be one giant aid station at the start/finish offering a variety of snacks, fuel and drink.  Complete all 7 races in the series and receive a special medal!
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    Portage 5 June 2018 Heartland Series
    Beyond the Beach Marathon
    Runners will start and finish this half marathon at the beaches of Lake Michigan in Marquette Beach Park and get an amazing view of the Chicago skyline as well! Marathon runners will make a double loop of the half marathon course.  Preregistered runners will receive free parking.  All finishers will receive a unique medal.
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    Gary 16 September 2018 Beyond the Beach Marathon
    Honest Abe Trail Marathon
    The 2018 race marks the 10 year anniversary of the Honest Abe Trail Races! Register early to guarantee a spot at the Honest Abe Trail Marathon. Runners will make 3 loops in the Lincoln State Park.  This fast trail course consists of double track and some gravel with only a few road crossings. Race has a 7 hour time limit.  This race does not give out race shirts, but finishers will receive a finishers memento.
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    Lincoln Center 16 September 2018 Honest Abe Trail Run
    For4Fitness Marathon
    Runners will get an exciting finish at Parkview Field at this marathon! This relatively flat race is a Boston Qualifier and has a 6 hour time limit. Participants are guaranteed post race food and free race photos as well as a finishers medal, goody bag with giveaways and a long sleeve race shirt.  Course is a series of 4 loops and start time is 7:00am.
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    Fort Wayne 29 September 2018 For4Fitness Marathon
    Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
    Runner's World ranks this marathon as one of the best marathons for first timers! This popular Boston Qualifier has sold out in the past, so register early.  First 1,000 registered runners will receive a special discount. The course is pretty flat with a few small hills.  Course highlights include  the Indiana State Capitol, Arts Garden, Lucas Oil Stadium, Circle Center Mall, Warehouse District and more.  Runners can expect great swag, aid and family activities at the post race festivities.
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    Indianapolis 3 November 2018 Monumental Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Indiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathon events in Indiana?

    There are several popular marathon events in Indiana.  Indiana has plenty of marathons to choose from, some being flat and fast, great for first timers or those looking for a PR or BQ, while others are challenging trail runs.  A few notable marathons in Indiana include the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, DWD Gnaw Bone Marathon and the Carmel Marathon. However, these are just some of the great marathons you can expect to find in Indiana.

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