New Date and Course Bring Record Registrations to Carmel’s Largest Running Event

March 26th, 2018

New Date and Course Bring Record Registrations to Carmel’s Largest Running Event

Countdown begins for Carmel Marathon Weekend on March 31

Countdown begins for Carmel Marathon Weekend on March 31

CARMEL, Ind. (March 26, 2018) – Participants and organizers alike are counting down the days until the eighth annual Carmel Marathon Weekend on Saturday, March 31. The single-day event, which includes a full marathon, half marathon, the Indiana Spine Group 8K and the Indiana Members Credit Union 5K, will bring participants from 43 states and five countries to Carmel, Indiana, the most states represented at the event to date.

After last year’s race, Carmel Road Racing Group, the management group for the Carmel Marathon Weekend, announced several big changes for the 2018 event including an earlier date. The move from April to March makes the Carmel Marathon one of the first major Midwest marathons to take place during the spring season. The late March timeframe also offers runners cooler temperatures and ample time to recover for a second springtime race, as well as eliminating date conflicts with other popular events.

New faster and flatter marathon and half marathon courses will not only suit participants, but also local Hamilton County residents. Full and half marathon participants will stay on the same course for the first 13 miles, helping eliminate road closures and ease traffic congestion. The second half of the full marathon features a new section of Carmel than previous years and removes many of the heavy traffic restrictions some residents experienced in the past. Family and friends of participants will enjoy the new spectator viewing areas provided by the new course layout.

With the new changes, registration for the Carmel Marathon Weekend is on pace to break previous records. A full marathon registration record could place the Carmel Marathon in the top 75 in the United States, ranked by number of finishers. Additional participant perks for 2018 such as a race week ‘selfie finish line experience,’ and adding official charities PrimeLife Enrichment, Back on My Feet Indianapolis and the Joseph Maley Foundation have bolstered the event’s position as an engaged member of the Carmel community.

“I’m just like any other runner—I love breaking records,” said Todd Oliver, race director and president of Carmel Road Racing Group. “We made changes after last year’s race in order to help put the Carmel Marathon Weekend top-of-mind for runners and walkers all over the country, and to strengthen our relationship with the residents and businesses here in Carmel. Whether it’s a runner from Alabama looking to qualify for Boston, or a Carmel-based family walking the Indiana Members Credit Union 5K together, our focus is on their experience. We want to see them back year after year, and we hope they bring their friends!”

Carmel residents are reminded to prepare for temporary lane restrictions and brief street closures in parts of the city. Short delays can be expected. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes, allow for extra driving time, and proceed with caution along the event course. For a full list of traffic restrictions, please visit CarmelMarathon.com.

Registration is still open for participants and will be available at the Fitness Expo on Friday, March 30. To learn more, visit CarmelMarathon.com.

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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 Indiana Members Credit Union 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.

Contact: Todd Oliver

317-407-8489

todd@carmelmarathon.com

Carmel Road Racing Group

New Date and Course Bring Record Registrations to Carmel’s Largest Running Event

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Todd Oliver
317-407-8489
media@carmelmarathon.com
https://www.carmelmarathon.com/

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