Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.1
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
2.8
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.5
The Carmel Marathon Weekend will offer a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Marathon Relay. All races utilize the same start and finish line allowing spectators to see the opening ceremonies and start then cheer as they finish. Finishers for all events will receive a commemorative medal. The finish line … MORE
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    jianwang2019 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It rained and was windy throughout the race but it was not cold. Occasional spectators along the course in residential areas. I ran with 4:50 pacer until mile 20. I … MORE

    It rained and was windy throughout the race but it was not cold. Occasional spectators along the course in residential areas. I ran with 4:50 pacer until mile 20. I enjoyed the calm race.

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    abbjmc FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was very well run. All the water stops were great with Gatorade and water well demarcated. I loved the pancakes at the finish. A rather dull course overall … MORE

    This race was very well run. All the water stops were great with Gatorade and water well demarcated. I loved the pancakes at the finish. A rather dull course overall but it did the job. Be ready for lots of traffic circles.

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    jianwang2019 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    They changed the course this year. The marathon course was a few yards away from half marathon finishing line so it took all my will power to continue on. It … MORE

    They changed the course this year. The marathon course was a few yards away from half marathon finishing line so it took all my will power to continue on. It was such a struggle the entire 2nd half.

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    5

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    jianwang2019 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Flat and fast course. I ran with a 5-hour pacer who was such an inspiration! I couldn't have run so well without his encouragement. I ran ahead about 3 miles … MORE

    Flat and fast course. I ran with a 5-hour pacer who was such an inspiration! I couldn’t have run so well without his encouragement. I ran ahead about 3 miles to finish but forgot to go back thanking him.

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    lap9197 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Carmel Half was well organized and it was everything you would expect in a race. Communication was good. Route was good. Course support was plentiful and cheerful. Loved the … MORE

    The Carmel Half was well organized and it was everything you would expect in a race. Communication was good. Route was good. Course support was plentiful and cheerful. Loved the option for free pictures if you took the time to scroll through. Freshly made pancakes at the end were the best!

    Expo was small. Not too much available to purchase, mainly a bunch of businesses trying to get new customers. I would say it was comparable for the size of the town. The fresh kettle corn being cooked outside was the best thing there! Medal was very nice as was the shirt. The shirt was a print on the entire shirt not just a iron-on logo.

    Loved the finish line sprint aspect of the race. It was a race within the race. I just wish I knew more about it to train or come up with a strategy. When I saw it listed on the site I thought it was another option. Really cool twist to the race.

    The only downside I experienced was the race shuttle. I selected one of the sanctioned race hotels that offered shuttles. There was not mention at all about the shuttles not being able to get through the closed roads during the race. Only found out once I was on the shuttle after the race was over that the shuttle could not get through the roads and we had to wait at the other hotel until who knew how long. Of course this created issues at the hotel because I had no way to get there before checkout. But runners being runners I hitched a ride with 3 very kind souls from the Chicago area in an Uber who swore he knew ways around that the shuttles did not. (he didn’t) In the end it all worked out but seemed like someone did not do their due diligence in offering shuttles you could not actually get the full use out of.

    All in all a great race and would love to go back another year!

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '18

    Easy bib pickup, open late I love a Saturday race (Sunday to rest before work) Easy to navigate Indy and Carmel roads and airport Race started on time, had well … MORE

    Easy bib pickup, open late
    I love a Saturday race (Sunday to rest before work)
    Easy to navigate Indy and Carmel roads and airport
    Race started on time, had well supplied water stops throughout, even for back of packer like me. Water stop volunteers were attentive rather than distracted, and there were plenty of bananas at the end, which is all I ever feel like eating anyway.
    I LOVEd the parking situation–got there early, parked I. closest garage. Sat in warm car reading (one building was open and many stood in warm lobby)–and then at end, an easy getaway.
    Medal is huge, sparkly state of Indiana–nice for 50 staters.
    Shirt has pretty design, but fabric is a bit stiff…we’ll see.
    All in all, course is flat and weather was good for running in 2018 (cloudy and high in the low 50s).
    Only hard part of course was mental, going past the finishing halfers with 13.1 to go…we ran with the halfers for thirteen miles.
    I had run Myrtle Beach four weeks before, which was WINDY, so I didn’t notice the wind at Carmel, but the RD said in an email the finish party would have been more energized without wind…
    I count it as a PR for races in quick succession. Nice mid-sized race. Made a new friend for miles 16-21😃.

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '18

    Packet pickup was easy peasy and the expo is small. No glitches whatsoever. The course was beautiful! Carmel is a beautiful city and the course wound its way through the … MORE

    Packet pickup was easy peasy and the expo is small. No glitches whatsoever.

    The course was beautiful! Carmel is a beautiful city and the course wound its way through the town and the residential streets. By the time you cross the finish line, you may have already made plans to move there. The first half of the course went downhill. The second half went uphill. A perfect V. However, there was only a 200’ elevation change so the hills were actually not to mean.

    The swag is very nice. There wasn’t anything unique or extraordinary about it, but the shirt was high-quality and well-designed. The metal was huge and glittery. At the finish, the food was packaged in a bag – gotta love that!

    I paid $30 for this half. It was as good as others twice or three times the price.

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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Small, but extremely friendly packet pick up. Held at a community center, there were 30 or 40 booths, but basically set up on card tables. People were very friendly and … MORE

    Small, but extremely friendly packet pick up. Held at a community center, there were 30 or 40 booths, but basically set up on card tables. People were very friendly and super helpful with any questions. Candy bars and donuts were freely sampled. Thank you! The swag was pretty simple with a nice tech shirt, no complaints on fitting. The morning of the marathon it was very cool outside and we were allowed to meet inside a building close by the start. Thank goodness, otherwise i was completely unprepared. The bathrooms were locked, but several port a potties available outside. The course was flat, and fairly nice, but also rather fast. I wasn’t in the best of shape and still finished with a decent time. We ran through the community of Carmel, which is a wealthy suburb close to Indianapolis, to nice house, beautiful parks, tree lined streets kept your mind off of the fact that you were running 26 miles. I missed the post race party, so cannot comment on the post race goodies. A great race, with very friendly people.

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    jrohlede FIRST-TIMER '15

    Carmel In is a small city adjacent to Indy. One of the nicer areas of Indiana. Pretty much corn and tractor free. Actually it is a Midwest politicians dream - … MORE

    Carmel In is a small city adjacent to Indy. One of the nicer areas of Indiana. Pretty much corn and tractor free. Actually it is a Midwest politicians dream – thousands and thousands of soccer moms in an enclosed area. But on the actual race review.

    Expo – easy squeezy, held at an neighbor center / workout area. Easy in, easy out. No wait. Probably 30 vendors. Parking was free and close.

    The Race – Starts in downtown Carmel. There were approx. 700 full marathoners, 2500 half marathoners and assorted groups of 4 miler and 10k people. Everybody starts together so a little crowded at the start. The marathoners split off from everybody at mile 4 so once we were past there it was no issue of crowding. The course is a mixture of urban and rural areas. 3 or 4 really nice neighborhoods, then running thru parks and on the tow path thru nature areas then back into neighborhoods then into an industrial park then back into a nature area and finally the finish. Not a whole lot of straight running. I had no clue – north, south, east or west – where we were during the whole race. If you don’t like curves or turns in your marathon then this one isn’t for you. It is not a flat marathon, lots of rolling hills but nothing to let loose with any swear words over. Nice medals and nice food at the end.

    The good with the bad
    Good –
    Race parking. Right next to the start. The parking garage was attached to an indoor theater with indoor plumbing that was 1 minute from the start. Stayed inside until 15minutes until the start relaxing and using the uncrowded bathrooms.
    The area and expo – really nice area to run. The neighborhoods and parks were exactly what you would expect from one of the wealthiest areas of Indiana. Expo was also well run and nice.
    Organization and rest stops – great organization, course well marked, no traffic or car issues and plenty of well manned water stops with both power-ade and water.

    The may be bad or good – depends on how you personally look at it.
    The course – as I said before – lots of curves and turns – no long straightaways.
    Crowd support – varied from place to place but very small. It was like doing a long training run with a couple of hundred other people running it with you.
    Excitement – very low key. If you are looking to be all wound up and sprout your type ‘a’ running personality then this isn’t the place to be.

    The bad
    None that I can see. The weather was a little toasty on the back half – sunny and 75 to 80 but hey can’t blame them for that.

    Final thoughts and recap.
    Very nice small to medium low key spring marathon. Very well run and organized. Great race to use as a springboard for fall marathons.
    Would recommend it highly to anyone considering it.

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    2tallfritz FIRST-TIMER '14

    Probably a better race for the half marathoners than the full runners. Most of the spectators rolled up and left after a couple hours. Nice location. Nice course. Not my … MORE

    Probably a better race for the half marathoners than the full runners. Most of the spectators rolled up and left after a couple hours. Nice location. Nice course. Not my favorite but a solid race. Best part was at the end running past the cute boutique shops and restaurants.

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