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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
3.7
The Eagle Creek Trail Marathon remains #1 for urban based trail marathons across the USA. Offering the quarter, half and full marathon distances, this race is one you won’t want to miss! What You Get at the Race: – An unforgettable experience running the “Best Urban Based Trail Marathon” in … MORE
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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '19

    Who knew Indianapolis, IN had a trail marathon? I live in the mountains of Virginia and frequent Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian trail with my family. We are used … MORE

    Who knew Indianapolis, IN had a trail marathon?

    I live in the mountains of Virginia and frequent Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian trail with my family. We are used to steep trail ascents and descents hiking up and over the Appalachian mountains. With the Eagle Creek Trail Marathon being held in the Indianapolis area, I was anticipating mostly flat, well-maintained trails for the 26.2 miles. However I would be in for a challenging surprise.

    The course would wrap around the perimeter of Eagle Creek Park running from the west side of the Eagle Creek Reservoir over to the east side, looping around a small lake, and then heading back to the starting point. One lap would be a half-marathon distance, so that meant the marathoners would be looking at two laps. As for terrain it would be mostly dirt trail in the woods, with the lap portion around the lake taking place on a gravel road. Only a mile or so of each lap would be on paved surface where runners would cross over the reservoir via a 56th street bridge.

    The trail was fairly narrow but made of well packed dirt, and with no rain for the past few days, the traction and footing was good. However every few minutes it seemed like there was a tree down across the trail in which you either had to jump over, or for several of the larger ones, stop and actually step over one leg at a time. The trail took us continually up and down hills, some of which had wooden crafted steps to get up them, and some of them did not.

    I definitely underestimated this trail marathon and was not anticipating the heat and humidity to affect me as much as it did. As it turns out I was not the only one to have a tough time with the trail, as I finished 35th out of 66 runners. Come to find out 136 people signed up for the marathon…88 actually started it (meaning most switched over to the half-marathon distance prior to the start)…and only 66 actually finished. Despite my slow time, it made me proud that I completed the race under tough conditions and played it smart to ensure a finish to add another state to my list.

    I highly recommend this trail race for trail runners looking for a nice challenge during the summertime! You can read my full race report at: https://runningriddles.com/races/the-2019-eagle-creek-trail-marathon-in-indianapolis-in/

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    kimmyanne_777 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Fun race. Extremely well organized. So much fun! Nice trails. I've run 3 different trail races put on by 131 Event Productions, and they have all been fantastic. They have … MORE

    Fun race. Extremely well organized. So much fun! Nice trails. I’ve run 3 different trail races put on by 131 Event Productions, and they have all been fantastic. They have awesome tech shirts, great medals, free race pics, and snow cones at the finish line! They are well-organized with courses well marked and great aid stations staffed with wonderful volunteers. Races are reasonably priced and capped to keep the trails from getting too congested. I look forward to participating in more of their events in the future.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '15

    Mostly single track through forested park around Eagle Creek Reservoir. About 90% of the course is extremely runnable, but there are a few sections with steep, but short hills with … MORE

    Mostly single track through forested park around Eagle Creek Reservoir. About 90% of the course is extremely runnable, but there are a few sections with steep, but short hills with lots of roots. It allows you to open up your stride on the flat sections, yet has just enough technical sections to make it interesting. One thing that could be improved is to make the medals specific to the distance and the year; the half marathon runners received the same bling as the marathon runners. I thought it was a very fun course though and would do it again if I was in the area.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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