Sunday, September 15th, 2024. All three distances will start at 7:30 a.m. central time. Bib pick-up and mandatory participant sign-in is from 6:00 to 7:15 a.m.
Lincoln State Park, located off of Hwy. 162 in Lincoln City (Spencer County), Indiana. Races start near Lincoln Amphitheatre inside the park - follow the signs.
When open, registration is currently planned to once again be through RunSignUp.com for the 2024.
There is no registration cap for any of the distances; however, we strongly prefer pre-registration and as such online registration does not close until less than 24-hrs before the event start! Early registration ends Friday, September 6th, 2023 @ 12:00 Noon CDT - there will be a price increase after that time. Online registration closes Saturday, September 14th, 2023 @ Noon CDT - there will be a price increase after that time as well.
Marathon = $45 early / $55 late / $65 race day
14k = $35 early / $45 late / $55 race day
5k = $20 early / $30 late / $40 race day
There will be a processing fee for RunSignUp.com when registering. You can help offset that fee by donating an old pair of athletic shoes on race day* (see below).
The primary course is a loop encircling the park. The marathon will be three loops and the 14k will be one loop. The second course is a 5k and will be on paved & gravel roads. The trail course consists primarily of double-track trails with a little bit of gravel and a few road crossings along the way. You can find more information on the course info page.
All three events will officially end at 2:30 p.m. Central Time. Anyone taking more than 7:00:00.00 to complete this event will have a DNF in the official results. Also, after 5:00:00.00 no marathoner will be allowed to begin a third loop - they must exit the course. Any marathoner who has not begun their third loop by the 5-hour mark will have a DNF in the official results. Please consider and respect these time limits before registering.
There will be two aid stations*. One at the start/finish, and one at the midpoint along the loop (4.3 mi). Aid stations will have H2O, Gatorade, bananas, and snacks. We encourage runners to carry refillable bottles* for fluids. PLEASE NOTE there is not an aid station along the route for the 5k.
Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in each of the three races. Finisher mementos for those completing the MARATHON will be provided; nothing special, just something small and environmentally friendly to remember the event by.
Marathon participants may bring a drop bag if they wish. It can be left near the start/finish of the loop and will then be available at miles 9.1 & 17.7. Please plan weather accordingly though. Drop bags will simply be set out in a designated area completely exposed to the elements.
On race day follow the signs starting at the park entrance. Runners, volunteers, and spectators will be parking at the Lincoln Amphitheater. After entering the park take the first available right turn (there is a road on the right before this turn, but it is blocked with a gate) and stay on that road until it ends at the amphitheatre parking lot. The start/finish area will be at the entrance to the parking lot.
It is our intention to to keep environmental responsibility on our minds when executing this event. As part of that effort the park's entry fee (per vehicle; $7 for IN tags / $9 for out-of-state) will be maintained for participants and spectators to encourage carpooling.
In previous years, all participants who brought an old pair of running/athletic shoes to donate on race day would receive $5 cash at check-in. In order to simplify things for the new organizers & volunteers the decision was made to omit the $5incentive. That said, we will still take shoes for recycling/repurposing. Shoes can be in any condition. They will be sorted through, donated if there is still some life in them, or recycled if completely expired.
For those traveling from afar who will be overnight guests in the area you can find hotel accommodations in several area towns including Santa Claus, Dale, Ferdinand, Huntingburg, Jasper, and Owensboro.
Also, our host, Lincoln State Park has many camping and cabin opportunities. For park reservations call 1-866-622-6746, or do it online.
Finding enough volunteers for even a small race like this is very tough! If you don't think the race is for you this year, but would like to help, please contact us! Also, if you have a friend or loved one coming with you who would like to help, any contribution would be very much appreciated. We can't offer much more than a humble Thank You and the gratitude of knowing you're helping do your part for Lincoln State Park and the environment around you (and maybe some lunch from Subway).