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Indianapolis Marathon

Lawrence, IN

Race Dates

2016: TBD
2015: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.60
Course Score: 98.92

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: 586 Finishers
2014: 487 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 9.9%
2014: 6.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**The 2016 Marathon will not be held, but will merge with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon**

The Indianapolis Marathon course starts with a loop through historic Fort Benjamin Harrison along the tree-lined Fort Parade Grounds. The course then heads North for a loop through Fort Harrison State Park. The Marathon continues through the State Park to Fall Creek Parkway. This begins a flat, approximately 11 mile, tree-lined, creek side, out and back stretch along Fall Creek Corridor Park before returning to the finish line via the State Park.

The first half of the marathon is rolling hills. Just before the halfway point, runners are treated to a mile downhill section that leads to a very flat 11 mile section. Just before mile 25 runners will be challenged by a mile long climb that gains approximately 125 feet before a flat last section.

**Will merge with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2016**

Marathon Rankings

The Indianapolis Marathon was the th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the th largest in 2014.

Last year 9.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Indianapolis Marathon the th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.92 ranks it as the th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the th fastest course in Indiana.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Indianapolis Marathon a PR Score of 98.60. This PR Score ranks it as the th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the th fastest in Indiana.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 864 feet (263m)
Min Elevation: 696 feet (212m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Indianapolis Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Indianapolis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


I ran in 2013. The weather did not cooperate.It was cold and rainy! Which made for a bad race day for me. Likes- Well organized, Great price, easy to get to. Dislikes- I was not nuts about the course to be honest. Seemed like a lot of back-tracking and in one area you went off pavement onto a narrow curvy bike path. But again, I was having a bad race too due to the weather.

I do love the reasonably priced Indianapolis races compared to the overpriced Illinois races!!!!

Race Tips

Long stretch of out and back on Fall Creek Rd. Be ready for that! They use 3 different colored arrows to guide you on the pavement too. Can be confusing at times.

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

Parking and location are easy to find.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Indianapolis Marathon in 3:42:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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