2018 Indy Runners and Walkers Fall Race Training Program

Fall Race Training Program Participants

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For the 13th year, Indy Runners and Walkers is hosting an informal Summer Training Program for Fall Marathons and Half Marathons. The training runs and walks will meet on Saturdays starting July 7, 2018.

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 generally send out links to a map before each run/walk.

Races: Our “suggested distances” for each week will target beginner runners/walkers preparing for either of our bigger local races – the Indianapolis Half Marathon ("Fort Ben") on October 6, 2018 and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 3, 2018. 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 cover 12 months and are just $25! Check out our membership page for the full details, or sign up here.
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"Run the Monon"

This very enjoyable event continues to grow in size and in fun, now in its 9th 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 nearly 150 participants the last three years! The date for this year is October 13, 2018.

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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 use a "Wave Start" 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/walks. In addition, we provide water, sports drinks and snacks at the end of each run/walk.

These weekly Saturday runs/walks 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, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Tentative Saturday Morning Schedule

The tentative Saturday morning mileage schedule is listed below. There will be no official training run/walk on Saturday, October 6, 2018 as the Indianapolis Half 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 Half Marathon as a training run or walk or come out for an alternate training program run/walk on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 8:00am from the deck in Broad Ripple.

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

Week: Date Full Marathon Mileage Half Marathon Mileage
1 July 7, 2018 8 4
2 July 14, 2018 10 5
3 July 21, 2018 12 6
4 July 28, 2018 10 5
5 August 4, 2018 12 6
6 August 11, 2018 14 7
7 August 18, 2018 10 5
8 August 25, 2018 16 8
9 September 1, 2018 12 9
10 September 8, 2018 16 6
11 September 15, 2018 18 10
12 September 22, 2018 15 8
13 September 29, 2018 18 10
14 October 6, 2018 (No training program run - see tomorrow's special run!) N/A Indianapolis Half Marathon! 
14a October 7, 2018 ("Make-up run" for October 6, 2018) 
 (8:00am start!)
14 (Monumental) 8 (Monumental)
15 October 13, 2018 ("Run the Monon") 20 (Monumental) 11 (Monumental)
16 October 20, 2018 (Monumental Marathon course preview - 8:00am start!)
16 (Monumental) 12 (Monumental)
17 October 27, 2018 (8:00am start!) 12 (Monumental) 6 (Monumental)
18 November 3, 2018 (No training program run) Monumental Marathon! Monumental Half Marathon!