Saturday, September 25, 2021 • South Bend, IN • Course Map
The tree-lined streets of the campus of Indiana’s legendary University of Notre Dame are the setting for the late spring/early summer running of South Bend’s Sunburst Races Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which together welcome nearly 10,000 runners and walkers each year, and celebrates its 37th annual running this year.
Run on a course that’s mostly fast and flat through the streets of South Bend and along the St. Joseph River, the race is considered well-suited for both experienced runners as well as newbies looking to run their first half-marathon event.
Half-marathon participants begin their races at the starting line, in downtown South Bend at Four Winds Field.
From there, the race takes participants away from the field and southward down the St. Joseph River for the first half of the race. After a jaunt through Kamm Island and Batten Parks, runners head back toward downtown South Bend and then head north, through the Indiana University South Bend campus, and farther northward toward the finish just north of Notre Dame Stadium.
Though there are no really significant hills along the course, there are a few small inclines runners will encounter, especially in the race’s last three miles.
There will also be water stations distributed at roughly each mile marker along the half marathon course.
The race is run entirely on paved surfaces, along city streets and off-road bicycle pathways, and is certified by USA Track and Field.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northern Indiana, about 130 miles north of Indianapolis and roughly 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, with temperatures typically ranging from the mid-50s to the high 70s.
On race day (Sep. 25), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2019 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Sunburst Races Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 10K
- 8:30 AM – 5K run
- 9:15 AM – 5K fitness walk
- $65 – $85 for the half marathon
- $35 – $45 for the 10K
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of South Bend’s Sunburst Races Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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