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Indiana > The Great Race - Amish Country Half Marathon
Elkhart, IN



Monday, May 26, 2008

Event Details

The rolling hills and expansive green pastures of northern Indiana's Amish country are the setting for the Elkhart area's 28th running of its annual springtime sports event, the Great Race, a series of running, walking, cycling, canoeing, swimming, in-line skating and other sports events over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The event's Amish Country Half Marathon Run is just one of more than 30 race events which participants can sign up for over the weekend, and is open to both runners and walkers at all skill levels.

Though the half-marathon itself fields a relatively small group of participants (90 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at last year's race), the event attracts hundreds of participants to the full slate of events. The half marathon starts at 7:50 AM, which means that participants will need to arrive in Elkhart anytime after 5:30 AM for the bus to the starting line, or show up at the Goshen Middle School for the start.

The race begins at the middle school in Goshen, which lies just to the southeast of Elkhart, and follows a point-to-point route over a mixture of country roads and local highways toward the finish line at Concord Mall, which lies just south of Elkhart. The first half of the course includes a few relatively challenging hills and some long straightaway stretches, and flattens out in the second half of the race, especially along the stretch of South Main Street on the way to the finish.

After the race, runners can enjoy the historic farms, ranches, farmers markets, of the two-county Amish Country area, which you can learn more about at the websites listed below.

Race Weather & Climate

Located about 10 miles southeast of Elkhart in the northernmost part of the state, just a half-hour's drive from nearby South Bend, the town of Goshen experiences pleasantly mild to cool weather conditions in mid-spring, with occasional wet weather. In May, temperatures average between 73°F and 49°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3.39 inches for the month.


$24 if registered by May 20, 2008
$26 after May 20
$28 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the 2008 running of the half marathon at The Great Race, register online at Active.com or fill out this form to have a printable application sent to your home.



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