2016 Indy Runners Fall Race Training Program

Fall Race Training Program Participants

Main Details

For the 11th year, Indy Runners is hosting an informal Summer Training Program for Fall Marathons and Half Marathons. The training runs will meet on Saturdays starting July 9, 2016.

Where: We gather at the wooden deck on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple at the corner of E. Westfield Blvd. and Winthrop Ave., by the Brugge Brasserie. (Please do not park in the nearby McDonald’s parking lot.)

When: 7:30am (8:00am in October) Please arrive a little early for announcements about the routes, etc., and to find others your pace.

Routes: We'll continue our fun exploration of different running routes including the Monon Trail, Central Canal Towpath, rolling hills through Williams Creek, and Butler University. We will also continue to spend some time on the Monumental Marathon course to help gain familiarity with the course. We'll generally send out links to a map before each run.

Races: Our “suggested distances” for each week will target beginner runners preparing for either of our bigger local races – the Indianapolis Half Marathon ("Fort Ben") on October 8, 2016 and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 5, 2016. There will also be plenty of folks training beyond these suggested distances for earlier races (Chicago, Air Force, Columbus, etc.). 


This training program is FREE to paid club members. Non-members who are interested are asked to join the club. Individual dues covering the rest of 2016 are just $25Check out our membership page for the full details, or sign up here!
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More Details

We averaged about 80-100 folks last year. This program is fairly informal (no pace groups as in the spring) allowing runners and walkers to meet others with the same goal and provide support through your longer mileage days. We instituted a "Wave Start" last year to better group folks of similar paces and will do so again this year. Water and sports drink will be stationed along the route for all but the shortest runs. In addition, we provide water, sports drinks and snacks at the end of each run.

These weekly Saturday runs will be mileage based – see the schedule below. We have participants with a variety of paces and experience levels. We are also happy to provide advice to help you meet your goal! You are also invited to join in our other group runs (and walks) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

"Run the Monon"

This very enjoyable event continues to grow in size and in fun, now in its 7th year. We meet in downtown Indianapolis, take buses to the start in Carmel or Westfield depending on the exact route, and run all the way back downtown – with lunch and socializing after a great effort. A 20 mile route is available for marathoners and an 11 mile route from Broad Ripple is available for half-marathoners. Between the two distances, we had well over 100 participants last year! The date for this year is October 15, 2016.

Tentative Saturday Morning Schedule

The tentative Saturday morning mileage schedule is listed below. There will be no official training run on Saturday, October 8, 2016 as the Indianapolis Half Marathon is that morning, and we provide volunteers for the finish line area. (Watch the website for upcoming volunteer information.) Instead, we encourage those of you doing a later race to use the Indianapolis Half Marathon as a training run or come out for an alternate training program run on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 8:00am from the deck in Broad Ripple.

For more details please write to Brian Schuetter at marathontraining@indyrunners.org.

Week: Date Full Marathon Mileage Half Marathon Mileage
1 July 9, 2016 8 4
2 July 16, 2016 10 5
3 July 23, 2016 8 6
4 July 30, 2016 12 5
5 August 6, 2016 10 6
6 August 13, 2016 12 7
7 August 20, 2016 14 5
8 August 27, 2016 16 8
9 September 3, 2016 12 9
10 September 10, 2016 16 6
11 September 17, 2016 18 10
12 September 24, 2016 14 8
13 October 1, 2016 (8:00am start!) 20 10
14 October 8, 2016 (No training program run - see tomorrow's special run!) N/A Indianapolis Half Marathon! 
14a October 9, 2016 ("Make-up run" for October 8, 2016) 
 (8:00am start!)
14 (Monumental) 8 (Monumental)
15 October 15, 2016 ("Run the Monon") 20 (Monumental) 11 (Monumental)
16 October 22, 2016 (8:00am start!)
Full marathoners will run part of the Monumental Marathon course
16 (Monumental) 12 (Monumental)
17 October 29, 2016 (8:00am start!) 12 (Monumental) 6 (Monumental)
18 November 5, 2016 (No training program run) Monumental Marathon! Monumental Half Marathon!