- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
This is a race that I have now ran either the half or full 4 years and the first time it had really poor weather. Race day weather was temps in the 40a and off and on heavy rain. However, despite the poor conditions, the organizers did a great job on rolling with the punches and keeping runners informed on what was going on.
The expo was held on Friday (day before the race) at Carmel High School. The area of the school that the expo was in was crammed with vendors and other races. Did not seem like the area the expo was in was big enough. The process to get your bib and shirt was easy but still don’t understand why you can’t just get both of these items at the same table.
Race morning, as I mentioned was just pure rain leading up to the start of the rain. If the weather is bad, try to get there early and get a parking spot in the parking garage. This will give you a dry place to hang out and get ready. Parking in the garage was free.
The start corrals were well marked but very full. Since there was poor weather, the race decided to start everyone at once instead of in waves.
The course has a few gills, mainly at miles 10 and 16. There are a few rolling hills.
The course is well marked with no concussion on where it goes. Aid stations were full of volunteers. I made sure to thank every volunteer and police officer on the course for being out on such a bad day.
Overall, the city of Carmel once again rolled out the red carpet for runners and made every effort to make this a great experience. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the race. Register early to save some money.