Saturday, April 4, 2020 • South Bend, IN • Course Map
Set for its 16th annual running this year, Notre Dame’s Holy Half Marathon features an out-and-back double-loop course that takes runners largely on the paved walking paths that wind around and through the Notre Dame campus, including stretches around St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Lakes.
More than 1,000 runners cross the finish line each year at the race, which — like the race in past years — donates its proceeds to local charities ranging from the South Bend Center for the Homeless to Michiana Down Syndrome, which serves people and families living with Down Syndrome in the northwest Indiana/southwest Michigan region.
Runners will start and finish the out-and-back loop course for the race in front of the Stepan Center, located at the corner of Stepan Drive and St. Joseph Drive.
From there, the course unfolds along the roads and walking paths in a counter-clockwise loop through campus, taking runners first north toward the residence halls and academic buildings, and later past the Fighting Irish athletic stadiums and facilities, including its football and baseball stadiums.
The course later turns to the right on the South Quad, and takes runners west toward the Knute Rockne Memorial athletic, fitness and recreational building, where they’ll run all the way to the front of the building, make two quick right turns, and then head east back along the north walk back toward the Main building, whose famous golden dome has long been a symbol of the university.
The next couple of miles take runners out on the paths that wind along the edges of both St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Lake, nearly all the way around the shoreline of both lakes.
Once runners make it back to Holy Cross Drive, they start the stretch that brings them back toward the performing arts center, where they’ll cross the starting line a second time and begin the second half of the race, repeating the route they’ve just run before crossing the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northern Indiana, just north of downtown South Bend and about 95 miles east of Chicago, Ill., Notre Dame typically sees cool to mild weather and usually plentiful precipitation in April, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 11 degrees (in 1972) and as high as 91 degrees (in 1942).
On race day (April 4), the average low is 33ºF and the average high is 53ºF.
- 2019 Holy Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Holy Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Holy Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Holy Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Holy Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Holy Half Marathon Results
see race website
see race website
To reserve your spot in the the 2020 running of Notre Dame’s Holy Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website here.
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