Sunday, April 3, 2021 • Carmel, IN • Course Map
This small city that was voted by Money Magazine as one of its top 20 places to live in the U.S. in 2010 plays host to the 10th annual running of the Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend, a series of four races that features both a full and a half marathon in addition to a 10K and a 5K.
All four running events follow out-and-back courses that start and finish in the heart of Carmel’s Arts and Design District, where the city’s newly built Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts stands, along City Center Drive.
From the starting line in front of the Palladium, runners in the half marathon head out on what is basically a counter-clockwise loop route through the city, along a combination of city streets as well as just over a mile along the Carmel Creek Park trail.
Both the half marathoners and the full marathoners start the race together, running the entire half marathon together. Those running the half will cross the finish line back at the Palladium while the full marathoners keep going for the second half of the marathon west of the half marathon route.
After going south from the start line for two miles on Westfield Boulevard, the race turns left onto Hazel Dell Road. Save your energy for this part of the race–while the first half of the race is mostly downhill, the slightly uphill climb begins here, making the second half of the race more interesting (and challenging).
After mile seven, the long stretches of road end as runners continue northward and westward, along turns on Lumberlost Drive, Main Street, Hawthorne Drive, and Smokey Row Road, before turning right onto the Hagan Burke Trail. The trail winds southwest along the creek briefly on its way to meet up with the Monon Trail. Runners then turn onto the Monon Trail for a brief stretch and then turn again onto Smokey Row Road, and then start the last few miles of the race that bring them back into the section of town known as Olde Town Carmel.
The trail winds southwest along the creek for the next mile and a half, passing by the Carmel Cemetery on its way to meet up with the Monon Trail. Runners then turn onto the Monon Trail for just under a mile before reaching Main Street once again, and then start the last few miles of the race that bring them back into the section of town known as Olde Town Carmel.
That’s where the Arts & Design District is located, and then runners head back to the City Center for the finish line, where a finish line festival greets finishers.
Walkers are welcome in the half marathon, provided they can maintain a 15-minute per mile pace.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the center of the state, roughly 20 miles north of Indianapolis, Carmel typically sees cool to mild weather in early April, with moderate precipitation all year long. Temperatures in early April range from the high 30s to the high 50s.
On race day (Apr. 3), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 59ºF.
- 2019 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Carmel Half Marathon Results
- $60 – $85 for the half marathon
- $75 – $115 for the full marathon
- $39 – $60 for the 10K
- $30 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Carmel Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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