Set for its fourth annual running along the rolling, hilly countryside of northern Vanderburgh County here in southwestern Indiana in the spring of 2013, Evansville's Southern Indiana Classic Marathon & Half Marathon will also be the city's first qualifying event for the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon. At the race's second annual running in 2011, more than 1,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone.
The out-and-back loop course for both the full and the half marathons will take place just miles from the city's downtown, which lies along a U-shaped bend in the Ohio River, giving the city its nickname "River City." Walkers are welcome at both the full marathon and the half marathon, organizers note, adding that half marathon walkers will have 3 hours, 51 minutes to complete the race (which works out to a pace of about 17 minutes per mile).
From the race's start and finish lines at the Vanderburgh County 4-H grounds near Darmstadt, the race follows a clockwise loop through the hills and farmlands just to the west of the fairgrounds. The race's hilliest stretches are in the early going, particular between the starting line and the mile 2 marker, and the last couple miles of the race are (thankfully for the runners!) mostly downhill back into the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the southwestern corner of Indiana, roughly a two-hour drive west from Louisville, Ky., the city of Evansville typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the early spring, as well as its heaviest precipitation during the spring season. In April, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 72F and 48F, while rainfall amounts average just over 4.5 inches for the month. On the day of the race (April 6), the average high is 72F and the average low is 48F.
View the race route map for the Southern Indiana Classic Half Marathon
Early 1/2 Marathon registration (until December 31, 2011): $62.50
Regular 1/2 Marathon registration (until March 2, 2012): $75
Late 1/2 Marathon registration (until April 4, 2012): $80
Race Weekend 1/2 Marathon registration (April 5 & 6, 2012): $85
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Evansville's Southern Indiana Classic Marathon, Half Marathon or 8K race, register on lines www.sicmarathon.com
Event schedule and times
Friday, April 5:
11am-1pm Packet Pickup (TBD)
4pm-8pm Packet Pickup (TBD)
Saturday, April 6:
5am-2:30pm Bag Check
5am-6:20am Late Registration/Packet Pickup (Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, at the SIC SLAM entrance)
6:45am Wheelchair Race Begins
7am Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8k Begin
7:30am-2:30pm Festivities Begin
7:30am-2:30pm Bands (TBA) play intermittently between ceremonies
10:15am Awards for 8k
11:15am Awards for Half Marathon
12:15pm Awards for Full Marathon