Race Day FAQs

EVANSVILLE HALF MARATHON FAQ’S

WHO DOES THIS RACE BENEFIT?

The Evansville Half Marathon was founded in order to bring a first rate racing event to the community – promoting health and well-being for all while generating funds to further our mission. All proceeds from this event go back into our local community to help the YMCA impact the lives of children and families by providing after school care, character development and teen leadership opportunities and much more.

For more information on the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, go to www.ymcaswin.org/impact.

WHO SPONSORS THIS RACE?

We are proud to announce that German American Bank is our title sponsor for the Evansville Half Marathon. Click here for a list of our other sponsors.

ARE THERE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES?

Absolutely! Our race was founded by volunteers, our Evansville Half Marathon Committee is volunteers and all on course entertainment and water stations are provided by volunteers! Whether you are an individual or a group, we have a place for you.

If you are interested, please contact Meghan Craven.

I’M FROM OUT OF TOWN, WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

The host hotel for the 2021 Evansville Half Marathon is:

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The DoubleTree by Hilton is located in Downtown Evansville just blocks from the Evansville Half Marathon start line and finish line. This is also the host site for our Expo.

Doubletree by Hilton – Downtown
601 Walnut Street
Evansville, IN 47708
(812) 423-5002
For a discount room: Click Here

Other properties offing discounts for race participants include:

Hilton Garden Inn East
220 Eagle Crest Dr
Evansville, IN  47715
(812) 476-4000
Book by 9/4/19 for $99 per night when you mention the Evansville Half Marathon BOOK ONLINE HERE >>

WILL THERE BE PACE SETTERS ON COURSE?

Yes! We will have experienced VOLUNTEERS help you run your personal best and achieve your specific time goals by providing extra motivation and support at the Evansville Half Marathon.  Pace Team Leaders are experienced runners who have run numerous half marathons and full marathons and have been assigned based on times that are slower than their personal best, giving them and you the best chance of realizing your goals.

WHAT ARE THE PACE SETTERS FINISH TIMES?

1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, and 3:15 Run/Walk.

HOW DO I LOCATE MY PACE SETTER ON RACE DAY?

Pace Team Leaders will line up in the starting corrals 10 minutes ahead of start time. The Pace Team Leaders will be holding large signs marked with their corresponding finish time and they will be wearing pacer shirts. These will be bright colored shirts (neon tanks) with the time that they are pacing marked clearly on them. During the race, Pace Team Leaders will carry the signs marked with the finish time they are pacing.

DO PACE TEAM LEADERS GO BY CLOCK TIME OR CHIP TIME?

Chip time. Pace team leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.

HOW DO I BECOME A PACE SETTER?

Each pacer was selected based on ability to cover the distance within a certain time as well as to motivate others with their outgoing personalities. All are experienced marathoners who have a deep knowledge of endurance training and have run half marathons and/or marathons within the previous year that were substantially faster than the pace group they are leading. If you identify in this category, please contact Meghan Craven for more information.

WHAT IS THE RACE DAY START TIME?

Race will begin promptly at 7:00 am CST for Half, 7:15 am for 5 Miler

WHERE IS THE RACE EXPO AND PACKET PICK UP?

Packet pick-up will be located at the Downtown Evansville DoubleTree by Hilton located at 601 Walnut Street.  
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Friday ONLY: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Race Day pick up will not be available.

WILL THERE BE A BAG CHECK?

Bag check will be available at the start from 5:15 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. Bags will be available for pick up in the finish area. You will need to show your bib number to claim your bag. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Bags are subject to inspection; please do not check valuables.

IS THE RACE CLOCK OR CHIP TIMED?

Chip timing will be provided by The End Result Company. If you do not have a chip, your time will not be recordedYou must pick up your chip and race number at packet pick-up – not at the start line!

ARE THERE SPLIT PADS TO ASSIST IN PACING?

Timing pads for splits will be located at the 5K, 10K and 15K marks. Each mile will be marked with a mile marker sign.

WHERE IS THE CORRECT LOCATION TO WEAR MY RACE NUMBER?

Pin your race number to the FRONT of your shirt or shorts, plainly and visibly to race officials, drivers, photographers and spectators. All participants must wear an official race number. If you do not have a race number at the finish line, you will not receive your Evansville Half Marathon medal.

THIS IS MY FIRST HALF MARATHON, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE?

Drink fluids before, during and after the race. Stay hydrated! There will be 9 water stops along the course. Three of these stations will also offer Gatorade (mile 4 water stop, between mile 7 and 8 and mile 10 on the Greenway. Traffic control will be provided by YMCA volunteers and the Evansville Police Department. However, please be advised that although volunteers along the course will deter traffic to the best of their ability, safety is ultimately your own responsibility. Watch for vehicles!

WILL THERE BE MEDICAL TEAMS ON THE COURSE FOR MY SAFETY?

First aid will be provided by ProRehab. There will be first aid stations at mile 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 12.5 near the water stations. There will also be roving medics and ambulance support on the course. At the finish, the ProRehab tent will be available for participants. All aid workers will be wearing bright red shirts. If you see someone in danger, please CALL 911 or contact an aid worker as soon as possible.

ARE THERE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE RACE?

Portable toilets will be located at the start and finish as well as locations on the course.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE START LINE?

Runners and walkers are responsible for placing themselves in the corral closest to the pace you plan to maintain for the race. Prior to the start, ropes will be raised between corrals. There will be a one minute hold between corrals. This is to ensure the safety of all athletes. If you plan to set a course record, head to the front of the corrals, if you plan to run/walk, settle yourself in the middle of the corrals. If you plan to walk, find yourself in the back corrals. This is for your safety!!

If you have any questions as to where you should be at the start line, please ask one of the start line volunteers from German American Bank.

TELL ME ABOUT THE COURSE. IS IT CLOSED? ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW?

The 13.1 mile course is primarily flat. No strollers, bicycles or pets are allowed on the course for the safety of all racers. The course will officially close after 4 hours 30 minutes (based on a 20-minute mile pace). Please be advised that portions of the course will remain open to traffic with volunteers located to help assist in passing vehicles.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE FINISH LINE?

After the race join fellow participants, families and friends for food, fun and fellowship on the riverfront. Participants will find water, Gatorade, fruit and snacks to help them replenish.

I’M HERE TO WIN! WHAT AWARDS CAN I WIN?

HALF MARATHON AWARDS: Awards will be provided to the top ten men and top ten women finishers. Age group awards (after removing the top ten) will be given to the top four age division winners in the following divisions:

  • 13-14 years old
  • 15-19 years old
  • 20-24 years old
  • 25-29 years old
  • 30-34 years old
  • 35-39 years old
  • 40-44 years old
  • 45-49 years old
  • 50-54 years old
  • 55-59 years old
  • 60-64 years old
  • 65-69 years old
  • 70-74 years old
  • 75-79 years old
  • 80+ years old

5 Miler AWARDS: Age group trophies will be awarded to the top three participants in the following male and female age groups after taking out overall winners.

  • 12 and under
  • 13-14 years old
  • 15-19 years old
  • 20-24 years old
  • 25-29 years old
  • 30-34 years old
  • 35-39 years old
  • 40-44 years old
  • 45-49 years old
  • 50-54 years old
  • 55-59 years old
  • 60-64 years old
  • 65-69 years old
  • 70-74 years old
  • 75-79 years old
  • 80+ years old
Walking awards will be given to the top four male and female
walkers.

I’VE PARTICIPATED IN THE ENTIRE SERIES OF RACES, IS THERE SPECIAL RECOGNITION?

Yes! At the finish line, a German American Bank volunteer will present you with your Series Medal as well as your Evansville Half Marathon medal. Your bib number will alert the volunteers that you are eligible for both medals.