2015 Indy Runners Fall Race Training Program

Fall Race Training Program Participants

Main Details

For the 10th year, Indy Runners is hosting an informal Summer Training Program for Fall Marathons and Half Marathons. The training runs will meet on Saturdays starting July 11, 2015.

Where: We gather at the wooden deck on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple at the corner of E. Westfield Blvd. and Winthrop Ave., by the Brugge Brasserie. (Please do not park in the nearby McDonald’s parking lot.)

When: 7:30am (8:00am in October) Please arrive a little early for announcements about the routes, etc., and to find others your pace.

Routes: We'll continue our fun exploration of different running routes including the Monon Trail, Central Canal Towpath, rolling hills through Williams Creek, and Butler University. We will also continue to spend some time on the Monumental Marathon course to help gain familiarity with the course. We'll send out links to a map before each run.

Races: Our “suggested distances” for each week will target beginner runners preparing for either of our bigger local races – the Indianapolis Marathon ("Fort Ben") on October 17, 2015 and the Monumental Marathon on November 7, 2015. There will also be plenty of folks training beyond these suggested distances for earlier races (Chicago, Air Force, Columbus, etc.). 


This training program is FREE to paid club members. Non-members who are interested are asked to join the club. Individual dues covering the rest of 2015 are just $25Check out our membership page for the full details, or sign up here!
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More Details

We averaged about 80-100 folks last year. This program is fairly informal (no pace groups as in the spring) allowing runners and walkers to meet others with the same goal and provide support through your longer mileage days. We instituted a "Wave Start" last year to better group folks of similar paces and will do so again this year. Water and sports drink will be stationed along the route for all but the shortest runs. In addition, we provide water, sports drinks and snacks at the end of each run.

These weekly Saturday runs will be mileage based – see the schedule below. We have participants with a variety of paces and experience levels. We are also happy to provide advice to help you meet your goal! You are also invited to join in our other group runs (and walks) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

"Run the Monon"

This very enjoyable event continues to grow in size and in fun, now in its 6th year. We meet in downtown Indianapolis, take buses to the start in Carmel or Westfield depending on the exact route, and run all the way back downtown – with lunch and socializing after a great effort. A 20 mile route is available for marathoners and an 11 mile route from Broad Ripple is available for half-marathoners. Between the two distances, we had 130 participants last year! The date for this year is Saturday, October 10, 2015. (This was previously tentatively set for October 3, 2015.)

Tentative Saturday Morning Schedule

The tentative Saturday morning mileage schedule is listed below. There will be no official training run on Saturday, October 17, 2015 as the Indianapolis Marathon is that morning, and we provide volunteers for the finish line area. (Watch the website for upcoming volunteer information.) Instead, we encourage those of you doing a later race to use the Indianapolis Marathon as a training run or come out for an alternate training program run on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:00am from the deck in Broad Ripple.

For more details please write to Brian Schuetter at marathontraining@indyrunners.org.

The following schedule was updated on July 26, 2015.

Week: Date Full Marathon Mileage Half Marathon Mileage
1 July 11, 2015 (help wash the deck) 8 4
2 July 18, 2015 (help stain the deck) 10 5
3 July 25, 2015 8 4
4 August 1, 2015 12 6
5 August 8, 2015 10 5
6 August 15, 2015 12 6
7 August 22, 2015 14 7
8 August 29, 2015 10 5
9 September 5, 2015 14 8
10 September 12, 2015 16 9
11 September 19, 2015 18 10
12 September 26, 2015 14 7
13 October 3, 2015 (8:00am start!) 18 10
14 October 10, 2015 ("Run the Monon") 20 11
15 October 17, 2015 (No training program run - see tomorrow's special run!) Indianapolis Marathon!  Indianapolis Half Marathon!  
15a October 18, 2015 ("Make-up run" for October 17, 2015) 
 (8:00am start!)
14 (Monumental) 7 (Monumental)
16 October 24, 2015 (8:00am start!) 16 (Monumental) 12 (Monumental)
17 October 31, 2015 (8:00am start!) 12 (Monumental) 6 (Monumental)
18 November 7, 2015 (No training program run) Monumental Marathon! Monumental Half Marathon!