Overall Rating
Overall Rating (71 Reviews)
4.7
(71 Ratings)(71 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.7
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.4
Taking place in historic Fort Harrison State Park, your hometown half is a gorgeous fall tour through the park and surrounding neighborhoods. Indianapolis Half Marathon Event Highlights include: – Nationally recognized by Runner’s World for a stunning, scenic course – One-of-a-kind quarter zip tech shirt FREE with the first 3000 … MORE
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    joshuahuff19 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Although the hills were a bit tough I set a personal best! Plenty of aid stations. The scenery is great! This is on my calendar for next year! MORE

    Although the hills were a bit tough I set a personal best! Plenty of aid stations. The scenery is great! This is on my calendar for next year!

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    5
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    3

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    PumaRunner1987 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The scenery is beautiful and the support on the course is great! Sure, there are some hills, but they are spaced out. May not set a PR on this course, … MORE

    The scenery is beautiful and the support on the course is great! Sure, there are some hills, but they are spaced out. May not set a PR on this course, but you will want to come back next year!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The race has some beautiful scenery as most of it is in the FT Ben State park. Most of the course is in the park, so there’s not much traffic … MORE

    The race has some beautiful scenery as most of it is in the FT Ben State park. Most of the course is in the park, so there’s not much traffic to contend with. The first 4 miles has some rolling hills, nothing too difficult. Right after mile 10 or so there is a fairly long hill, which may require a short walk. Race production is first class, medals and shirts are always very nice! Weather is usually mild this time of year, I think at race start it was 50 degrees this year, 2019. Food after the event was a nice bonus as well. I’ve done this race several times, I’ll do it again and I’d recommend it to anyone who asks! A+

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    shanep240 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The best part about this race is the beautiful scenery and the time of year. The swag and production is one of the best of the different races I’ve done … MORE

    The best part about this race is the beautiful scenery and the time of year. The swag and production is one of the best of the different races I’ve done in the past.

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    TheWittyKnit FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time running this race, but it was a beautiful course! Although it's all on paved paths, you get the feeling of trail running for some portions … MORE

    This was my first time running this race, but it was a beautiful course! Although it’s all on paved paths, you get the feeling of trail running for some portions of it. There are some hills to add some variety and keep the course fun and challenging, but nothing too crazy.

    The post-race cookout was an awesome touch, and the swag for this race was ON POINT. The leaf medal was the reason I signed up for this race, and it did not disappoint. The quarter-zip long sleeve technical shirt was also awesome, and I look forward to wearing it for some of my fall runs! I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a pretty course to hit up next Fall!

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    rebeckahoward REPEAT RUNNER '19

    1. Beautiful course with changing falling leaves. 2. Challenging hills for breakfast 3. Worth it ! 4. Car pooling is the best. 5. Standing in line for port o potty’s … MORE

    1. Beautiful course with changing falling leaves.
    2. Challenging hills for breakfast
    3. Worth it !
    4. Car pooling is the best.
    5. Standing in line for port o potty’s suck.
    6. Sign up for VIP!
    7. Those fire pits!!!!!
    8. Nothing says fall like bails of straw!
    9. Shirt don’t fit… trade it in! I did .
    10. Post race party is the bomb!
    11. Don’t forget your free stretch too!

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The scenery is my favorite part of this race and it’s at the perfect time of the year. The swag and medals are also better than a lot of the … MORE

    The scenery is my favorite part of this race and it’s at the perfect time of the year. The swag and medals are also better than a lot of the other races I’ve done.

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    elladams REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Well, first off ... I don't know that I would have registered for this race again - last year was a doozie for me. But then I won a registration … MORE

    Well, first off … I don’t know that I would have registered for this race again – last year was a doozie for me. But then I won a registration from RaceRaves so I couldn’t NOT do it! 🙂
    Secondly … Personal Record, baby!! Even with a couple massive hills that I had to walk up, I was able to get a half PR on this course!! I know my framily are sick of hearing about it by now but I’m still riding that high.
    And thirdly – this is a great race, from production to course to afterwards. Packet pickup was smooth as silk. Race day dawned with the arrival of cooler temps (finally!) and the campfires that were burning were welcome indeed. There are corrals that were clearly marked and seemed to start without a hitch. The course itself runs through neighborhoods, a state park, and some busy roads (course was closed on that side of the road) – there were several lonely parts, but runners were always close by so it’s not like you’re by yourself – just not many spectators along the way. Water stops were plentiful (including portapotties) and included both water and Gatorade. Clif Bars (a localy company) was a sponsor and they provided nutrition along the way too. Great weather and summer training prepared me for this, but the race atmosphere helped me cross the finish line when I did. I wasn’t able to stick around for after, but there’s a cookout for runners (hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers). All in all, a great race! And did I mention I got a PR?? 🙂

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    mknous12 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Overall scenic course. A few hills that make it a bit challenging, but they are spaced out enough to not make it too difficult. Big enough that you won't find … MORE

    Overall scenic course. A few hills that make it a bit challenging, but they are spaced out enough to not make it too difficult. Big enough that you won’t find yourself running alone and yet small enough that you won’t feel overwhelmed by the crowd. The weather is the wildcard though. One year you may have a hot, humid day, and the next you may have a perfect cool fall morning, like this year. I ran it on a whim last year and despite the weather being awful, I signed up again this year and plan to again next year.

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    PapaSchnauz FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great event! My first time. Loved the swag (quarter zip short and awesome medal), pre-race environment got me pumped up. The course was scenic with a few hills and very … MORE

    Great event! My first time. Loved the swag (quarter zip short and awesome medal), pre-race environment got me pumped up. The course was scenic with a few hills and very well marked at turns and mile markers. Spectator support was good and included members on Indiana National Guard. Music played via speakers in several spots along the course. There appeared to be peanty of water/Gatorade stations, but I always carry my own energy gels and water. Once crossing finish line given bottle of water, banana, potato chips and foil blanket. Post race there was a tent for results and tab engraving for medal along with ablility to purchase additional swag item. They have shirts with all participants names on it. Post race cookout included choice of brat, hamburger or cheese pizza and sides included baked beans, coleslaw and a chocolate chip cookie. Beer and drinks available for sale. I love having a meal that fills you up after a long race as we had a 2 1/2 hour hour drive afterwards. My wife (spectator) was able to purchase a cookout meal ticket and eat with me. My wife said she was very entertained at start/finish area. A huge plus she excited to be able to see me twice between the start and finish by only walking a few blocks from start /finish area. She thought this was really awesome. The hotel we stayed at was the Fort Harrison State Park Inn. I was able to walk a short distance to start/finish, grab some food before the race and shower after race before checking out. The rooms are huge and very comfortable beds. I’m not a big fan of running the same race in back to back years, but I will definitely do this race again in 2020.

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    robinsmith6971 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved the course and the beautiful scenery. I will definitely attend again. The race was well organized. Packet pick up was quick and easy and the volunteers were very … MORE

    I loved the course and the beautiful scenery. I will definitely attend again. The race was well organized. Packet pick up was quick and easy and the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. There was a great turnout and after talking to some racers they say they are repeat racers.

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    KMSmith FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a pretty course and the weather was beautiful this year! Mile 3 was hilly but mile 11 was a beast. The crew was great at the water stations … MORE

    This was a pretty course and the weather was beautiful this year! Mile 3 was hilly but mile 11 was a beast. The crew was great at the water stations but be aware that there is practically no spectator support along the course because it’s in the park. Much of the course was shaded and that was wonderful! Not the best place to PR but a good one to try. Biggest downside was no runner tracking for this race- they said they were looking into it for the future and I really hope they invest in that! I would do it again but probably pick flatter courses first!

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    donnac1959 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The scenery is awesome, it's not overcrowded. The course is not flat, some small hills. I did my personal best which I didn't think I would since it's hilly. And … MORE

    The scenery is awesome, it’s not overcrowded. The course is not flat, some small hills. I did my personal best which I didn’t think I would since it’s hilly. And they have a cookout afterwards!

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    This was a perfect race on a perfect day. Smooth course with a few hills that I enjoyed. Was using as a training run but nearly PRd. Race support was … MORE

    This was a perfect race on a perfect day. Smooth course with a few hills that I enjoyed. Was using as a training run but nearly PRd. Race support was amazing! Great medal!!

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    Hiarabian REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my favorite half I’ve ever done! The per and post race set ups are awesome, parking is easy and the race itself and an amazing holly challenge for … MORE

    This is my favorite half I’ve ever done! The per and post race set ups are awesome, parking is easy and the race itself and an amazing holly challenge for an Indianapolis destination! It’s not too big, but not too small. The volunteers all rock and the army national guard people are amazing and encouraging during the run!!! I look forward to this one every ear whether I do the half or 5K I love every minute of it!!! I had some sad person yell at me during the race about playing my music out loud (nothing offense, just random pandora) and I felt encouraged after other runners told her to “run faster” and that they loved my music!! I finished just behind a couple of nice ladies who said the music was fun and they wish more people would play music, lol! 🙂 thanks for a great race and already looking forward to next year!!!

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    petermerante REPEAT RUNNER '19

    For this time of year you can’t beat this venue. Fort Harrison and the surrounding area is just beautiful. Foliage is still pretty green this year but to start and … MORE

    For this time of year you can’t beat this venue. Fort Harrison and the surrounding area is just beautiful. Foliage is still pretty green this year but to start and finish at the Fort is just stunning. Pre-race fire pits to keep warm and the post race cookout were excellent touches. The long sleeve half zip shirt was an excellent and unique choice too.

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    clairemimig REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was my first time running The Indy Half at Fort Ben. I’ve done many halves throughout my 10 years of running. This race was one of my favorites. It … MORE

    This was my first time running The Indy Half at Fort Ben. I’ve done many halves throughout my 10 years of running. This race was one of my favorites. It IS challenging as there was a lot of hills and turns, but the scenery and race support was top notch. There was an awesome downhill at around mile 7ish to 8ish that was a lot fun. The atmosphere was energetic. The race organizers really took care of the participants. I loved the fire pit areas to keep spectators and athletes warm. This is definitely a race I would consider doing again!!

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    thesselbart FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a very beautiful scenic half! The course was challenging with rolling hills, but nice flat stretches too. I would definitely recommend it and run it again. MORE

    This was a very beautiful scenic half! The course was challenging with rolling hills, but nice flat stretches too. I would definitely recommend it and run it again.

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    melissajohnston FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race is very well organized. The scenery is absolutely beautiful!! There are several hills with the biggest being at mile 10. I would definitely recommend this race to others! MORE

    The race is very well organized. The scenery is absolutely beautiful!! There are several hills with the biggest being at mile 10. I would definitely recommend this race to others!

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    pansies_jenn REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The scenery is gorgeous...we had 2 deer cross the path in front of us. Fun atmosphere with bon fires in the morning and a cook out afterward. MORE

    The scenery is gorgeous…we had 2 deer cross the path in front of us. Fun atmosphere with bon fires in the morning and a cook out afterward.

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