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Carmel Marathon

Carmel, IN

Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 66°F (18°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.16
Course Score: 99.16

Race Size

2017: 655 Finishers
2016: 686 Finishers
2015: 731 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 20.5%
2016: 14.4%
2015: 10.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Carmel Marathon is a slightly rolling course with approximately 120 feet between the high and low points of the course. The last miles are mostly flat with only minor elevation changes.

Marathon Rankings

The Carmel Marathon was the 112th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 111th largest in 2015.

This year 20.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Carmel Marathon the 106th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 9th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.16 ranks it as the 159th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Indiana.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Carmel Marathon a PR Score of 99.16. This PR Score ranks it as the 113th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Indiana.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 862 feet (262m)
Min Elevation: 740 feet (225m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Carmel Marathon

4 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2017 Carmel Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The course was very nice and mostly flat. 2017 was very cool. No GU's until mile 18 but tons of water stations. Course is sometimes poorly marked. I jumped a fence to get back on course but most people were okay.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 Carmel Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


On course support and aid stations could be better.

Race Tips

About 20 miles into the race you return to the monon center area, if its a warm sunny day, this is a very difficult area

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2014 Carmel Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Lots of water/aid stations. No GUs or gels, just water & powerade. Nice course, mostly flat on closed streets, some park & paved trail. They didn't close the trail to the public though so there were walkers & bikers that you had to dodge & look out for. No real direction at the end, lots of people were passing up the people handing out the medals & had to go back. Beer garden was only for participants so family & friends couldn't join in. Beer garden was in the opposite direction of the food, massages, gear check, etc.

Race Tips

Corral start wasn't really a corral start at all, just lining up according to pace then everyone takes off. Shuttle from the hotels dropped everyone off about 3 blocks away from the start.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stayed at the Doubletree about 2 miles from the start. Had shuttles to & from the Expo & the start line. Very nice rooms & I thought reasonable cost.

Finish Time Equivalent

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