Saturday, November 5, 2016 • Indianapolis, IN • Course Map
The downtown neighborhoods, city streets and government and business districts of this quickly-growing and rejuvenated city will be on display for runners and walkers this fall at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon & Half Marathon, which makes its 9th annual running in 2016.
Runners will follow an out-and-back loop course through the streets of what has come to be known as the “Crossroads of America,” thanks to its easy access from all sides as well as the fact that roughly half of the nation’s population lives within a day’s drive of the city.
The race, aptly named as it takes runners and walkers on a tour past the city’s Indiana State Capitol, Monument Circle and other federal monuments, begins on Washington Street near the Indiana State Museum, and is mostly fast and flat with a number of small hills thrown in.
The elevation changes are never significant, however, as the race’s lowest point occurs just below 700 feet and its highest just above 730 feet above sea level, taking participants all the way through to the finish line just off North West Street, not far from the starting line.
The course follows what is largely a north-south route through the city, passing by Monument Circle and University and Veterans Memorial Parks on the way to North Meridian Street, which participants will follow for the next several miles.
The turn back toward the finish occurs at East 37th Street, where runners begin making their way back along North Talbot and North Pennsylvania Streets. Along the way, participants will also see many of Indianapolis’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, including Fall Creek Place, Old Northside, Butler-Tarkington and Broad Ripple.
Open to runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors, the race starts at 8:00 AM for full and half marathon participants, and 7:58 AM for wheelchair participants. The course will close after 6 1/2 hours, which means that half-marathon participants will be required to keep a roughly 15-minute-per-mile pace for the first half of the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in almost the exact geographic center of the state and approximately 150 miles south of Lake Michigan, Indianapolis enjoys cooling weather conditions and occasional rain and storms in November, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 0°F (in 1958) and as high as 82°F (in 1986).
On race day (Nov. 5), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.
- 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon Results
- 7:58 AM – wheelchair start
- 8:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 8:20 AM – 5K
- $65 for the half marathon
- price subject to increase as race day grows closer
To reserve your spot in the the fall 2016 running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at EventBrite.com here.
Official Race Website
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