What is the Indy Women’s Half Marathon?
The Indy Women’s Half Marathon was introduced to the central Indiana running community in August 2010 as the first women’s-only half marathon in Indiana. In its five years, it has become the largest women’s running event in the state and the 13th largest Women’s half marathon in the U.S. In 2017, the race jumped to the 7th largest women’s running event in the country.

Some enter this race to run competitively, some run for charities, and some run for loved ones. Some women join us just to have fun and spend a day running with their friends. But whatever the reason, the Indy Women’s Half Marathon is a special race with a special atmosphere.

Where and when is the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon?
The Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon & 5K will be held on September 29, 2018. Late Registration and Packet Pick-up will occur on September 28, 2018 at The Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Why is the race for women only?
We host a women’s-only event to showcase and honor the strides women have made in the sport of running & walking.

Can men participate?
Yes. We encourage you to be a spectator in supporting and cheering on your wife, sister, mother, friend and others. We encourage you to become a volunteer for the event – not just to support women, but to help the sport of running & walking.

Can I walk the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon?
All of our events are walker friendly. Please remember the course time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours, roughly an 18:15/mile pace.

Are jogging strollers allowed in the Indy Women’s Half Marathon or 5K?
Jogging strollers are allowed for the 5K only. Strollers should begin at the back of the race behind the runners.

Can my friend or family member pick up my race packet for me?
Yes.An authorization form will be sent to each participant during race week. A copy of a friend’s registration or a picture of their ID, along with the signed form, is needed to pick up someone else’s packet.

When and where is packet pick-up?
Packets must be picked up during the Fitness Expo on Friday, September 28 between 11am and 8pm. There is NO race day packet pick-up. The Expo is located at The Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Please note: there is NO race day pickup or registration.

What are parking options for the Expo/Packet Pickup?
There are many parking options in downtown Indy when visiting Packet Pickup/Expo.  Review the Expo Parking Options and more detailed information.  The most cost effective is the Circle Center Mall Parking Garage. Details are as follows:

  • 0 – 3 Hours: $2.00
  • 3-4 Hours: $5.00
  • 4-5 Hours: $10.00
  • 5-6 Hours: $14.00

Enter the garage from Illinois or Maryland Streets and park above Steak-n-Shake, then use the Skywalk to access the Westin Hotel.

May I switch my registration from one race to another?
Yes! You may upgrade (5K to half marathon) or downgrade (half marathon to 5K) your registration using the online registration form. A $10 downgrade or $25 upgrade fee will be applied.

May I switch my registration to another person?
Yes! You can transfer your entry to another participant online.

What is the cancellation policy?
The Race Director, Official Medical Director, and Indianapolis Police have the authority to cancel or delay the event for any reason such as extreme weather, accidents, city emergency, etc. No refunds or deferrals are allowed.

I want to make sure I am signed up. How do I confirm this?
You may have your confirmation resent from the online registration portal.

How can I volunteer to help with the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon?
Our volunteers help make this event possible. Volunteer opportunities are available in the days leading up to the race, at the Expo and on race day! To learn more and join our volunteer crew, click here.

What is the time limit for the course?
The time limit for the half marathon and 5K is 4 hrs. Both events start at 7:30 AM.

Will there be pacers?
Yes, our experienced pace team will be there to help you reach your race goal. Joining a pace team is free to all race registrants. Simply look for your pacer at the start line ahead of the race. View the 2018 pacers.

What will the course be like?
The course is flat and fast. It begins on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and runs on city streets, finishing at University Park. You can find more information, including links to course map and elevation, on the Course Information page.

What is the minimum age for the half marathon?
The minimum age is 10 years unless the individual is approved by the event committee. For consideration email info@carmelroadracinggroup.com.

Who receives a finisher’s medal?
Every individual who crosses the finish line within the time limit will receive a finisher’s medal for the event distance she completed.

What roads will be closed or impacted by the race?
View a breakdown of when the first and last runners are expected to pass each mile locations.

Did someone say pancakes? 
Yes. The Indiana Spine Group Pancake Village will be located on Vermont Street, east of the finish line. Don’t forget to swing by and start your recovery with a sweet treat.

What size tank top should I order when I register?
Please use this size chart to help you determine the proper size. Tank tops can be exchanged at the merchandise trailer near the post-race celebration while supplies last.

Does the money from this event benefit a special cause?
The Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon & 5K has chosen to support the I.W.I.N. Foundation for the 2018 running. The I.W.I.N. Foundation is an organization that supports women statewide currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for individual services that relieve emotional, physical and financial burdens. Learn more about the I.W.I.N. Foundation at IWINFoundation.org.

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