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Marathon, Half Marathon
Eagle Creek Park
Indianapolis, Indiana
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The out and back course is 13.1 miles in length, Half Marathoners will run this once and Full course racers will complete the course twice. It begins at Eagles Crest following the trails to the south, crosses the causeway on 56th Street (street will be closed) and then north into the trail system on the east side of the park.

The first mile is single track flat with a drop down into a ravine then levels until further dropped to a old road. The terrain during this first mile is pretty straight single track with some turns and most of the trail is clean of roots. All of the first mile is tree covered.

The next section is entirely old road with some small portions of grass, still mostly tree covered. From the old road section you will turn right onto single track that changes in elevation several times… some roots and small logs. A flat section of single track then brings you to a climb to the top of the ridge along the lake, one of the local favorite places to see the water. This section is also tree covered.

You then drop down onto a man made earth dam and then up to another ridge. The single track will take you to a small park road that you will run until you dump again on single track where you will begin a long elevation (50′) gain to another ridge. This section, near the 3 mile mark, is tight single track, some roots and small log crossings with lots of curves. At the end of this section you will be at the “Big Bear” which is the old steel bear brought to us by a long gone local business.

You will run a short section of grass to a fisherman’s single track, this takes you down to the waters edge and up to the 56th street. Once at 56th street, you will cross the lake on the causeway bridge, hopefully during a gorgeous sunrise! After you cross, you will run along a short section of bicycle paved path that will lead you into the East side of Eagle Creek Park and past the 4-mile marker.

Once thru the entrance you will take a left on to double track that is very fine gravel. This well traveled path will be level and run you along the East side ridge along the water. This section is tree covered and not technical. Here you will have a couple of road crossings as you work your way to a set of stairs that will lead you down into a ravine and up the other side and back along the ridge which is also very flat and not technical. Another road crossing and then a slight uphill to a set of stairs.

This year we will turn you right at the bottom and run you up and over a ridge to the start of some small sections of single track. You will run a short distance right next to the water and then up to the last ridge around mile 5. This last section is also tree covered and not technical. You will run past a park ornathology center and down along the water to the turn. This trail will take past mile marker 6 and onto the Lilly Lake gravel road for a large open causeway run. This will take you around and back to the last ridge you climbed going out. Do this all in reverse back to the finish!

Event Start Location
Eagle Creek Park's Eagle Crest

Course Description
The out and back course is 13.1 miles in length, Half Marathoners will run this once and Full course racers will complete the course twice. It begins at Eagles Crest following the trails to the south, crosses the causeway on 56th Street (street will be closed) and then north into the trail system on the east side of the park.

The first mile is single track flat with a drop down into a ravine then levels until further dropped to a old road. The terrain during this first mile is pretty straight single track with some turns and most of the trail is clean of roots. All of the first mile is tree covered.

The next section is entirely old road with some small portions of grass, still mostly tree covered. From the old road section you will turn right onto single track that changes in elevation several times… some roots and small logs. A flat section of single track then brings you to a climb to the top of the ridge along the lake, one of the local favorite places to see the water. This section is also tree covered.

You then drop down onto a man made earth dam and then up to another ridge. The single track will take you to a small park road that you will run until you dump again on single track where you will begin a long elevation (50′) gain to another ridge. This section, near the 3 mile mark, is tight single track, some roots and small log crossings with lots of curves. At the end of this section you will be at the “Big Bear” which is the old steel bear brought to us by a long gone local business.

You will run a short section of grass to a fisherman’s single track, this takes you down to the waters edge and up to the 56th street. Once at 56th street, you will cross the lake on the causeway bridge, hopefully during a gorgeous sunrise! After you cross, you will run along a short section of bicycle paved path that will lead you into the East side of Eagle Creek Park and past the 4-mile marker.

Once thru the entrance you will take a left on to double track that is very fine gravel. This well traveled path will be level and run you along the East side ridge along the water. This section is tree covered and not technical. Here you will have a couple of road crossings as you work your way to a set of stairs that will lead you down into a ravine and up the other side and back along the ridge which is also very flat and not technical. Another road crossing and then a slight uphill to a set of stairs.

This year we will turn you right at the bottom and run you up and over a ridge to the start of some small sections of single track. You will run a short distance right next to the water and then up to the last ridge around mile 5. This last section is also tree covered and not technical. You will run past a park ornathology center and down along the water to the turn. This trail will take past mile marker 6 and onto the Lilly Lake gravel road for a large open causeway run. This will take you around and back to the last ridge you climbed going out. Do this all in reverse back to the finish!

Awards
All racers will receive a unique finisher medal commemorating the event.

Top 3 male and female in all divisions.

Age Group Awards are top 3 in divisions with fields greater than 100 racers, 1st place only in fields that are less.

Adult Age Groups Male & Female
Under 18 18-24
25-29 30-39
40-49 50-59
60+ Masters Division

Packet Pickup / Expo
Early Packet Pickup: Registration & Packet
pick-up will take place from 2:00-7:00pm on Friday, August 1

The North Face Store
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 843-9419

Race Day Packet Pickup: Race Day from 6:00am-7:15am at the start/finish area.
There will be no race day registration.

Parking
Parking is available in the lots leading to the race start as well as in the grass fields. (if dry)
 
 

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