Seymour Half Marathon, 5K & 1-Mile Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2016 • Seymour, IN • Course Map

This small Indiana city that’s often called the “crossroads of America” thanks to the north-south and east-west railroad lines that cross in its downtown — and is perhaps even more famous for being the hometown of famed singer-songwriter John Mellencamp — hosts the 6th annual running of its half marathon race this year.

Following the race’s inaugural running in 2010, which saw just over 70 runners cross the finish line, the Seymour Half Marathon & 5K welcomes runners back this year for a run along an out-and-back loop course that, with the exception of a slight hilly stretch around the mid-point of the race.

The race starts and finishes next to the campus of Seymour High School on Community Drive, just west of the city’s downtown.

From there, runners first head north toward the nearby town of Rockford, making their way along turns onto South Drive, East Drive and West 7th Street before heading onto Elm Street and then onto North County Road 760, which brings runners up into the rural farmland and countryside just north of the city.

Flat and wide-open, with farm fields dotted only by houses and barns, this part of the race offers up a portrait of the places Mellencamp wrote about in songs like “Small Town” and “Pink Houses.”

Once runners make their way up to East County Road 975, they make the turn and then head onto County Road 700, which brings them south and reconnects with 760 for the stretch back toward Seymour.

After a few turns on streets just west of downtown, runners finish the race right back where they started, at Seymour High School. Runners and walkers both are welcome at the event, which also doubles as a benefit for the locally based Red Sky Rescue dog shelter.

Runners are asked to bring any of a variety of dog food, toys and accessories with them on race day, including rawhide bones, Purina dog and/or puppy chow, and bedding towels and blankets, among other items.

Just over 160 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined last year. Runners are limited to 4 hours for the race, which means they’ll need to keep a pace of 18:19 per mile or better.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central southern Indiana, just over 60 miles south of Indianapolis and about 55 miles north of Louisville, Ky., the small city of Seymour typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 27°F (in 1963) and as high as 95°F (in 1949).

On race day (May 21), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 74ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Seymour Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – half marathon
  • 8:00 AM – 5K run & walk
  • 8:30 AM – 1-mile dog walk


  • $45 for the half marathon
  • price subject to increase as the race grows closer; check the event website for the latest pricing info


To reserve your spot in the the 2016 running of the Seymour Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one

  • Jeffery wright May 8, 2015, 2:15 pm

    I have a 2 part question. First a friend entered the half marathon and now can’t make it so can I take his bib? Then 2nd I can’t run a half yet so If I can take the bib can I just run the 5k?


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