Is the Indianapolis Marathon a Boston Marathon Qualifier?

Absolutely! This is one of the reasons the race was started 19 years ago. The 2015 Indianapolis Marathon is a qualifier for both the 2017 Boston Marathon as well as the 2016-- if the 2016 has not filled yet. All courses are USATF Certified and the races are Sanctioned by USATF.


Who puts on the event?

The event is put on by the Indianapolis Marathon Road Runners Club. This is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization that is a member club of Road Runners of America (RRCA). We are also a member club of USATF. Who are we ... we are a family and friends who have a desire to serve runners, walkers, and our community by putting on a fun, safe, and scenic event that is a good value to participants and a positive event for our community. We strive hard to please the participants by offering a well organized and friendly event!


Is there a benefiting charity?

Proceeds from the event go to many local charities with our main benefiting charity being KIDS Inc. KIDS Inc. is a wonderful 501.c.3 non-profit charity that works with youth in the near southeast side of Indianapolis. We are happy to support their efforts. There are also a number of other charities that partner with this event to raise money for their worthy causes! Last year this event helped to raise over $130,000 for charities! For more information click here to go to the Charities page.


Is the Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon walker friendly?



Are there time limits for the courses?

The Marathon and Half Marathon courses will remain open and supported for all participants maintaining the following paces: Half Marathon 17 minutes per mile, and Full Marathon 15 minutes per mile. In addition, there will also be an 8 minute “grace period” to allow everyone this extra time to get across the starting line. This works out to finishing time limits of 3 hours 51 minutes for the Half Marathon and 6 hours 41 minutes for the Full Marathon. To ensure the safety of all participants, any participant not maintaining this pace will be asked to retire from the event and be taken back to the race site on an event vehicle.

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Can I start early?

No. Due to insurance reasons and agreements with the local law enforcement agencies, there can be no early starting times.


Can I transfer my entry to another person?

Yes, you may transfer your entry to another person prior to October 1 by following this process: Please have the new person enter the event by printing out an entry form from our website at www.IndianapolisMarathon.com, filling it out and signing the waiver, then sending it in with a copy of an email from you confirming transfer of your entry, and a $5 check made out to Indianapolis Marathon. The $5 is the only cost for the transfer of registration. The copy of your email along with their completed entry form will signal us to (1) not charge them for the entry, (2) document the $5 transfer fee is paid, and (3) replace your entry with their new entry in our database. (You can then work out whatever arrangements you have for reimbursement of entry fee with them directly.)


What time zone is Indianapolis on?

Eastern Daylight Savings. Indianapolis is on the same time as New York City. Indianapolis is one hour ahead of Chicago.


Are there Wheelchair and Handcycling divisions?

Yes – but please read the course information pertaining to Wheelchair and Handcycle participants. Please indicate if you are a Wheelchair or Handcycle participant when you register. Click here for more information for Wheelchair and Handcycling participants.


Can I push my toddler/baby in a stroller?

No. Insurance requirements strictly forbid strollers in the event. Exception: strollers will be allowed in the 5K, but they must line up at the back of the field.

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Can I run with my dog?

No. Insurance requirements strictly forbid animals in the event.


Can I get a refund if something comes up after I register?

Sorry – no refunds.


Can I switch events?

Yes – but please contact us in advance of your desire to change events. Please don’t wait until the last minute as you run the chance of the change not getting into the computer in time!


Can I register on race weekend?

We will offer race weekend registration only if the field has not filled. You are responsible for checking the website or the information phone line (317.826.1670) to see if the race is filled prior to coming to the race site on race weekend. Please note that late fees apply if we are still taking race weekend entries.


When and where is packet pickup?

At the Sterrett Center (8950 Otis Avenue, Indianapolis, 46216), which is just down the street from the Race Site and Start/Finish line. Packet Pickup will take place on Friday, October 16 from 11:00am to 9:00pm.


Do you have an Expo?

Yes. There will be a small expo at the Friday packet pickup. Expo hours are 11:00am to 8:00pm.


Do I have to pay for parking?

No! There is an abundance of FREE PARKING. Race Day parking on Saturday morning will be at the enormous parking lot at the Emmett J. Bean Center as well as at other parking lots around the race site area. These lots will be within approximately 2-8 blocks from the race site so please plan accordingly and ARRIVE EARLY! All participants should plan on being at the race site and parked by 7:30am. Roads will begin closing down shortly after which will make arrival after 7:30am difficult.


Can I have someone pick up my race packet?

Yes - but they will need to bring a copy of your photo ID in order to pick up your packet.


Will I get a T-shirt?

Yes. All participants receive a long-sleeved full color Tech T-shirt!


Can I change my shirt size?

Prior to packet pickup – yes. Please send an email to info@IndianapolisMarathon.com with the T-shirt size change information.

At packet pickup – you will need to take the shirt size that you selected so that another participant does not get shorted their size. After the race, you will have an opportunity to trade shirt sizes at the race site information tent if the size you would like is still available.

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Will I get a finisher’s medal?

All participants who finish the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, and 5K will receive a finisher’s medal. Each member of the relay team will receive their own medal.


Is the course hilly?

Hilly is relative. Some say very hilly, some say fairly flat. It depends on your frame of reference. Please click here to find a course map, a course description, and a course elevation chart. There is a hill on Boy Scout Road just prior to mile 3, and a significant hill in the Fort Harrison State Park on the beautiful paved running path just past mile 10. For those competing in the Full Marathon, there is a long gradual down-hill in Fort Harrison State Park at mile 13. This same hill is a long gradual up-hill near mile 25 in the State Park. The rest of the course is basically flat.


How can I check to verify my entry?

Three ways:
If you enter online (the preferred way to register), you will get an instant email confirmation.

If you enter by mail, your cashed check will be your confirmation.

If you registered online, you can confirm your registration by clicking here.


What kind of fluid replacement will you have?

Water will be provided at 20 aid stations along the course as well as at the finish line. Gatorade will be provided at 19 aid stations along the course as well as at the finish line.


Will there be energy gel on the course?

Yes, Energy Gel will be available on course at miles 17 and 21 of the Full Marathon.


Is there food at the finish?

Don’t miss it! Our benefiting charity KIDS Inc. hosts a post-race cookout right near the finish line. Complete with burgers, brats, and sides dishes. We will also have veggie selections for those of you who don’t eat meat.

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Where can I see results?

Click here to view the results. They should be online directly after the event.


What is the hardest part of putting on a race like this?

Very kind of you to ask! Thanks. Two things:

1. Volunteers. We are looking for groups of 10 or more to volunteer for the event. We need these volunteer groups to support areas such as aid stations, packet pickup, finish line, course marshals, course setup / tear-down, etc.

Want to combine a fun group activity and fundraiser for your church or school group, scout troop, alumni group, or other organization? We will make a $100 donation to your volunteer group of 10 or more people. We will make a $200 donation to your volunteer group of 20 people. Please contact us at RD@IndianpaolisMarathon.com..

2. Sponsors. Surprise, surprise. If you are interested in partnering with this event as a sponsor, please contact us! There are many opportunities for positive exposure for your company or organization!

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  Contact the Info Line: 317.826.1670 info@indianapolismarathon.com