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Indiana > Zionsville Anti-Mini Marathon
Zionsville, IN  •  Saturday, May 5, 2012  •  Course Map

Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and the Zionsville Anti-Mini Marathon is the perfect example of how disappointment in not getting in a larger, more established event can lead to the creation of an all-new race that's unique, scenic, quirky and interesting.

Organized several years ago by a member of the local Zionsville Running Club as a response to not winning entrance into nearby Indianapolis's 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in 2003, the race has since become something of a springtime tradition in the community, and now draws around 250 runners each year.

The course for the race takes runners entirely on wooded dirt pathways through Nancy Burton Park and Starkey Park, which lie just to the south of the city center/downtown area of Zionsville. Participants run a 5K course four times over what was formerly used as the Zionsville Boys Cross Country team's training course, and may complete their choice of one, two, three or four laps around the course followed by a brief straightaway stretch to complete the 13.1 miles of the half-marathon.

By design, the race is a no-frills event -- there's no registration fee, no awards, no t-shirts handed out, and no water stations along the course. Basically, if you're interested in running in the event, you show up and run! Also, because it's run on dirt trails, inclement weather can play a big role in how the race goes, so come prepared for a wet, muddy run if it's been raining.

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis, just outside the I-465 beltway that encircles the greater metro area, the town of Zionsville tends to see mild to moderately warm weather in the mid-spring season. In May, monthly temperatures average between 74°F and 52°F, while rainfall amounts average about 4.9 inches for the month (making it the area's wettest month of the year, on average). On the day of the race (May 5), the average high is 71°F and the average low is 48°F.

Course Map

View the course map for the Zionsville Anti-Mini Marathon


No registration fee


Registration is available only on the day of the race at the starting location.

Official Race Website


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