2018 Indy Runners & Walkers Spring Half Marathon Training Program

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Why Choose the Indy Runners and Walkers Training Program?

  • Started in 1986
  • Largest training program in central Indiana (300+ participants per year!)
  • Only training program providing a full array of running and walking pacers
  • Runs primarily held along the Central Canal Towpath, a crushed limestone path that's easier on the legs
    • Multi-level training schedule which allows you to train with others at your own pace
    • Recovery snacks after runs/walks
    • Knowledgeable guest speakers delivering informative seminars
    • Commemorative gender-specific technical shirt
    • Opportunity for consultation with sports medicine professionals and experienced runners
    • Local running store discounts (Runners Forum)
  • Indy Runners is the most comprehensive and largest running club in central Indiana
  • Social events
  • Get a document with some basic training information!
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Register

New for 2018: Beginning November 1, 2017, all memberships will be good for 12 months, rather than the current calendar year. Indy Runners has also begun using RunSignup.com for membership and Spring Training Program registrations in an effort to better serve our members. If you have a RunSignup account, please log-in, then complete the membership registration. If you don't have an account, one will be created as part of your registration process.

General Information

For beginning runners and walkers through the fastest competitors, the 33rd Annual Indy Runners and Walkers Spring Half Marathon Training Program has a training pace to help you achieve your goal for the 500 Festival Mini MarathonSam Costa Half Marathon, the Geist Half Marathon, or any other spring half marathon around that time. While our training program schedule will be geared toward the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, alternate suggested distances will be made available for the last few weeks leading up to other half marathons.

Our training program groups runners and walkers of similar paces for weekly group runs and walks leading up to the race. Every Tuesday evening, participants will meet at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse (Map). Runners and walkers will be lead by experienced pacers along the scenic canal towpath bordering the White River.

9:00 Minute Pace Group

Location

Tuesday activities (kickoff expo/packet pick-up and weekly runs/walks) take place at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse (Gate 1) located at 500 West 49th Street. Get directions to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The longest walks for walkers will take place on Saturday mornings on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple at the corner of E. Westfield Blvd. and Winthrop Ave., from the wooden deck (behind Brugge Brasserie).Hinkle Fieldhouse

Kickoff Expo and Packet Pick-Up

The kickoff expo and packet pick-up is Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Come to check out our sponsors, pick-up your training packet, and meet your pace group leaders. If necessary, you may also pick-up your packet prior to the first training session from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, but we strongly recommend doing so on January 16, 2018 as things will be hectic on January 23, 2018.
Note: Registration at packet pick-up will be online only by credit card only (laptops will be available). Please sign-up in advance if you can to help us with logistics. 

What to Expect the First Week (Runners)

The first training session will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The runners will start at 6:00pm. Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. to find a place to park. If the parking lot in front of the fieldhouse is full, you may park along the neighborhood streets to the south. There are restrooms available for changing, etc., prior to the training session.

The training distance on January 23rd will be 3 miles. Please come prepared to run the full distance.

What to Expect the First Week (Walkers)

The first training session will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The walkers will start at 5:45pm. Please arrive by 5:30pm to find a place to park. If the parking lot in front of the fieldhouse is full, you may park along the neighborhood streets to the south.

Walkers entering the program should already be capable of 2.5 miles at 20 minute/mile pace or faster. In other words, 50 minutes for 2.5 miles. Unsure of your pace? Time yourself on the Monon Trail (miles are marked) or find an outdoor track (typically 4 laps to a mile). Identify your pace then work on distance and speed over the fall and winter. Don't wait until January to begin preparation. Your chances for success are significantly enhanced when you show up on January 23rd knowing you've met or exceeded the minimum requirements!

We want to assure anyone who has dreamed of completing the 500 Festival Mini Marathon or other spring half marathon that we have a roadmap for you. We firmly believe that everyone who completes the walking program at Hinkle will surpass the 500 Festival Mini Marathon requirement of 18:18 minutes/mile for a 4 hour half marathon. You may start out slower, but we are confident our training will quicken your pace as you become accustomed to the longer walks. If you are walking another spring half marathon, be sure to note the minimum pace required so that we can assist you to be prepared to walk that pace.

We will note your pace at the first training walk. (Consider bringing a watch if you have one). This will be used for aligning everyone with the appropriate pacer starting on week 2. Our 2018 walker goal is this: Provide the environment and support to all walkers so they have the best opportunity to complete the program and finish the Mini. If we do our part, and you put in the work and complete the training, success is almost assured!

To enhance your experience, walkers will often take alternate routes from the runners to avoid trail congestion. In addition, walks of 8 miles and longer will take place at 8:00am on Saturday mornings in Broad Ripple as noted during the program.

Weekly Runs and Walks

The training program includes a weekly run or walk on Tuesday evenings from January 23, 2018 through May 1, 2018. The walkers start at 5:45pm. The runners start at 6:00pm.

Sam Costa LogoSam Costa Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon

The Indy Runners Training Program has been designed to encourage participation in Indy Runners’s Sam Costa Half and Quarter MarathonIndiana’s oldest road race. Strategically located at the midpoint of our preparation, the Sam Costa on March 24, 2018 provides an authentic racing experience for both novice and experienced runners and walkers. 

The week preceding the Sam Costa will have a shortened, relaxed training distance to facilitate maximum participation by our program members. All of our walkers, and those runners beginning or restarting their training, are strongly encouraged to enter the Sam Costa Quarter Marathon. For the veterans in our group, the iconic Sam Costa Half Marathon may be your choice. In either case, we want all of our training partners to have the Sam Costa experience as an integral part of the Indy Runners Training Program!

Pace Groups

Would you like to be considered for a pacer position? Contact the Program Director Carmen Knowles at halfmarathontraining@indyrunners.org. We will have pacers for the following groups (mins/mile):

Running Pace Groups:

7:00 mins/mile
(Top 500 group)

7:30 mins/mile 8:00 mins/mile 8:30 mins/mile 9:00 mins/mile

9:30 mins/mile 

10:00 mins/mile 10:30 mins/mile 11:00 mins/mile 12:00 mins/mile 13:00 - 14:00 mins/mile

Each year, the top 500 finishers at the 500 Festival Mini Marathon receive a special second medal. The 7:00 min/mile pace group will help participants crack the top 500 at the race. The required time varies, but somewhere between 1:29 and 1:32 is a good guess as to the cut-off time. For that reason, some training runs may end up a bit faster than 7:00 min/mile pace. Are you up for the challenge?
 

Walking Pace Group

15:00 - 20:00 mins/mile


All of the walkers head out at once, with an array of pacers walking 15:00 to 20:00 mins/mile. 
That's right. Our training program is participant friendly with a wide array of walking paces!

Registration Price:

Spring Half Marathon Training Program (Online registration completed before Jan. 1, 2018) $65
Spring Half Marathon Training Program (Online registration completed on or after Jan. 1, 2018) $75
Spring Half Marathon Training Program: Full-time college, high school or lower school student only (Online registration completed before Jan. 1, 2018)
Student must show student ID at packet pick-up
$50
Spring Half Marathon Training Program: Full-time college, high school or lower school student only (Online registration completed on or after Jan. 1, 2018)
Student must show student ID at packet pick-up
$60
Spring Half Marathon Training Program: Additional Family Member Rate

Immediate family member discount only for spouse, child, and/or significant other/partner, living in same household of a registered participant paying full price
$50

Training program applicants also receive a 2018 membership in Indy Runners good through December 31, 2018!

Registration

Online:

Get Registered

New for 2018: Beginning November 1, 2017, all memberships will be good for 12 months, rather than the current calendar year. Indy Runners has also begun using RunSignup.com for membership and Spring Training Program registrations in an effort to better serve our members. If you have a RunSignup account, please log-in, then complete the membership registration. If you don't have an account, one will be created as part of your registraiton process.

On-Site:
  • At the kickoff expo and packet pick-up on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Tuesdays during the program starting January 23, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:00pm

(We try to ensure everyone receives a shirt, but shirt availability may be limited for registrations on or after January 1, 2018.)

Seminars

At least four of the Tuesday run/walks at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be followed by a seminar. Start time and topics will be posted before each run/walk near the front desk. The seminar speakers are recognized as experts in their field. The seminars provide a chance to maximize your training experience and meet fellow participants. There will be time during each seminar for questions and answers.

Tentative Distances

Date Distance Time Location
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners)
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
(Hinkle Fieldhouse Conflict)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
4 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
(Hinkle Fieldhouse Conflict)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
5 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
(Hinkle Fieldhouse Conflict)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
40 minutes (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 7 miles (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5 miles (walkers)
8 miles (runners)
5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 17, 2018 8 miles (walkers)  8:00am (walkers) Broad Ripple Deck
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 45 minutes (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5 miles (walkers)
9 miles (runners)
5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 31, 2018 9 miles (walkers) 8:00am (walkers) Broad Ripple Deck
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 6 miles (walkers)
10 miles (runners)
5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 7, 2018 10 miles (walkers) 8:00am (walkers) Broad Ripple Deck
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 55 minutes (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 14, 2018 11 miles (walkers) 8:00am (walkers) Broad Ripple Deck
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6 miles (walkers)
10 miles (runners)
5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 21, 2018 12 miles (walkers) 8:00am (walkers) Broad Ripple Deck
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6 miles (walkers)
11 miles (runners)
5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 45 minutes (all) 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse

 

Questions

A list of frequently asked questions is available. Other spring half marathon training program questions can be directed to the Program Director Carmen Knowles at halfmarathontraining@indyrunners.org.

Sponsors

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