Carmel Marathon 2.0 will offer numerous advantages for runners, spectators and residents
CARMEL, IND (May 1, 2017) – Carmel Road Racing Group (www.carmelroadracinggroup.com) has announced changes for 2018 under the title “Carmel Marathon 2.0” offering a better runner and spectator experience. The highlighted 2.0 changes include an earlier event date and a new faster, flatter course for the 2018 Carmel Marathon Weekend. The changes have been designed to improve both runner and spectator experiences. Details of the key changes include:
- A new earlier spring date offering coolers temps for runners. The date for 2018 is March 31.
- New courses for both the marathon and half marathon events. In 2018, marathon and half marathon participants will run together for the first 13 miles. Joining the marathon and half marathon runners together will offer bigger spectator crowds and reduced traffic congestion for the community.
- The second half of the marathon course will take runners to new sections of Carmel. The second 13 miles will include additional miles on the Monon Greenway and a trek to the west side of US 31 removing busy vehicle traffic areas around the runners.
The change in date makes the Carmel Marathon Weekend one of the first major Midwest marathons in the spring. The earlier date allows runners to run the Carmel Marathon Weekend with plenty of recovery time to run a second spring event such as the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, Kentucky Derby Marathon, and Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon. According to race director Todd Oliver, “The earlier date also eliminates a date conflict with Boston. As one of the faster courses in the US, many runners qualify at Carmel but cannot return the following year because we were the same weekend as Boston. 21.3% of our marathon finishers last week ran a BQ time. Combined with the appeal of cooler weather in late March, I think we can get that percentage higher.”
The date change will offer benefits to local businesses and the Carmel community as well. “The new course reduces some of the heavy traffic conditions our old course created. Now that our date is positioned on Spring Break weekend for Carmel Schools (March 30-April 6, 2018), our economic impact will be more pronounced because we are bringing folks to the city during a time that is traditionally slower for businesses,” said Oliver. “The 5,000 to 6,000 visitors that come to the event will provide a welcomed influx of lodging, retail and restaurant business for the area.” The course change also means there will be fewer traffic restrictions for residents during the race and less need for police offices and medical crews.
“We believe Carmel Marathon 2.0 is going to be great. 2017 was our 5th consecutive record-breaking year for participants. The new course offers plenty of opportunity for continued growth and now we are ready for it,” Oliver said.
About the Carmel Marathon Weekend:
The eighth annual Carmel Marathon Weekend on March 31, 2018 will feature a full marathon, half marathon, the Indiana Spine Group 8K and the Carmel 5K. The event offers a fast course (certified Boston Qualifier) through scenic roads and paved trails in the popular Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind. For more information, please visit CarmelMarathon.com.