2017 Indy Runners Fall Race Training Program

Fall Race Training Program Participants

Main Details

For the 12th 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 8, 2017.

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 7, 2017 and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 4, 2017. There will also be plenty of folks training beyond these suggested distances for earlier races (Chicago, Air Force, Columbus, etc.). 

Cost

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 2017 are just $25Check out our membership page for the full details, or sign up here!
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"Run the Monon"

This very enjoyable event continues to grow in size and in fun, now in its 8th 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 nearly 150 participants the last two years! The date for this year is October 14, 2017.

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 use a "Wave Start" 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, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Tentative Saturday Morning Schedule

The tentative Saturday morning mileage schedule is listed below. There will be no official training run on Saturday, October 7, 2017 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 8, 2017 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 8, 2017 8 4
2 July 15, 2017 10 5
3 July 22, 2017 12 6
4 July 29, 2017 10 5
5 August 5, 2017 12 6
6 August 12, 2017 14 7
7 August 19, 2017 10 5
8 August 26, 2017 16 8
9 September 2, 2017 12 9
10 September 9, 2017 16 6
11 September 16, 2017 18 10
12 September 23, 2017 15 8
13 September 30, 2017 (8:00am start!) 18 10
14 October 7, 2017 (No training program run - see tomorrow's special run!) N/A Indianapolis Half Marathon! 
14a October 8, 2017 ("Make-up run" for October 7, 2017) 
 (8:00am start!)
14 (Monumental) 8 (Monumental)
15 October 14, 2017 ("Run the Monon") 20 (Monumental) 11 (Monumental)
16 October 21, 2017 (Monumental Marathon course preview - 8:00am start!)
16 (Monumental) 12 (Monumental)
17 October 28, 2017 (8:00am start!) 12 (Monumental) 6 (Monumental)
18 November 4, 2017 (No training program run) Monumental Marathon! Monumental Half Marathon!