Date: 3/31/18

Location: Carmel, IN

Start Time: 8am

Avg Temps (f): 58/37

Time Limit: 6.5 hours

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Note: New course in 2018 that is flatter and more scenic, and the race date moved to a month earlier to avoid the heat of previous years.
  • Parking at the start/finish is fairly easy and close to the race course
  • Well-organized race, from the expo to the aid stations and the finish chute
  • Smaller race (~3,700 in the past), but still well-run and has the benefits of a bigger race, yet not the huge crowds or struggles with parking
  • Pretty neighborhoods along the course

 

Course

Type: Butterfly loop course where the course does two loops, starting and finishing at the same location

Start/Finish Info: Same location, and there are shuttles to/from the start/finish if staying at the official race hotels

Hills: Slightly rolling, with less than 550 feet of elevation change over the course of the race

Map/Elevation found here

 

Aid stations

Locations of water stations: Roughly every 1-1.5 miles, water and electrolytes both at each station

Electrolyte offered: Powerade, no chews or gels, liquid electrolytes only

Spectator access

Access Locations: Best location is the start/finish, which is also the halfway point

Boston qualifier?

Yes

Race reports

https://www.bibrave.com/races/carmel-marathon/1119#.WlcJJ9-nE2w

http://secondwindrunningclub.org/node/1075

 

Strava links

None, new course and race date in 2018, making it a flatter, more scenic course, and moving the date up a month, hoping for cooler weather.

Race Website

https://www.carmelmarathon.com/