Carmel Marathon tune-up race set for Westfield


A new 5-mile event in Westfield has been added to the Carmel Road Racing Group’s calendar.


However, CRRG race director Todd Oliver said It’s likely to be for one year only. The Carmel Marathon Weekend 5 Mile Tune Up Presented by PBT will be at 9 a.m. March 13. The Carmel Marathon, featuring a half-marathon and 10K, is set for April 3.

Oliver said the race is a replacement for the Polar Bear Winter Classic, which is usually the third Saturday in February in downtown Indianapolis, offering a 5K and 10K. That race had to be canceled this year because there wasn’t room to socially distance for a packet pickup amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s Polar Bear race drew 1,600 runners.

“This is a makeshift, temporary fix for the folks that are probably running the half-marathon or 10K (during Carmel Marathon Weekend),” Oliver said. “It gives them a chance to go out and stretch and be in a race environment, which a lot of them haven’t done for 12 to 14 months.”

The course will start and finish in front of Grand Junction Brewing’s taproom, 1189 E. 181st St., and will tour around and through Grand Park Sports Campus. The chip-timed event will be limited to 350 people, and COVID-19 policies and procedures will be in place throughout the event. All participants will receive an event shirt and a free beverage from Grand Junction Brewing Co.

“There are no medals or age group awards,” Oliver said. “It’s truly a tune-up race to let people get that feel. It’s definitely a different feel to run hard in a race than going hard by ourselves. There are different components to it and different strategies. A lot of people like to get the race under the belt to get the nervousness out by going through race-day process.”

Personal Best Training, Jack Rabbit of Carmel, Grand Junction Brewing Co. and Aquafina are partnering with CRRG.

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