Marathon & Half Marathon

Marathon Course

Start downtown at the College Football Hall of Fame. Run through South Bend and Mishawaka parks and neighborhoods along the St. Joseph River. The course is flat compared to most marathons, with a few short steep hills and one half-mile incline. The course follows a shallow river bottom, which results in the hills. The course is not as flat as the Chicago Marathon. It is significantly flatter than Portland, Nashville, Marine Corps, Dallas and Amarillo. It is similar to Cleveland and Detroit.

  • Traffic-free city streets
  • USATF certified (#IN03003MW)
  • Boston Qualifier Event
  • CARA Certified Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run - farther, faster, better, for life.

  • No strollers, baby joggers, or rollerblades in running events.
  • Per new USAT&F Rules, the use of IPOD and headphone devices is allowed, but we ask that you please be careful and pay close attention to instructions from the police and volunteers.
  • Anticipated field: 850 runners
  • Walkers: The marathon course is open for an official time of 6.5 hours, until 12:30 p.m. EDT. Waterstops will close and streets will reopen according to the slowest allowable pace of a 14-minute mile. We strongly encourage you to choose the half marathon instead.
  • Click here to view a 2013 map of the course Note: in an effort to be conscious of our natural environment, Sunburst will not have printed course maps available at Packet Pickup this year. Those needing a printed version are encouraged to print one from here.
  • Click here for turn-by-turn description of the 2013 Marathon Course (PDF)
  • Stay tuned for any course changes or updates for 2014. 

Half Marathon

  • Runners will follow the same route of the full marathon, then turn at approximately Mile 3 past Keller Park and back onto the Marathon course. At the end of the bike path, half marathoners will turn north on St. Joseph and continue on to the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
  • Anticipated field: 2,000 runners
  • No strollers, baby joggers, or rollerblades in running events.
  • Per new USAT&F rules, the use of iPod and headphone devices is allowed but we ask that you please be careful and pay close attention to instructions from the police and volunteers.
  • Click here to view the 2013 course map Note: in an effort to be conscious of our natural environment, Sunburst will not have printed course maps available at Packet Pickup this year. Those needing a printed version are encouraged to print one from here.
  • Stay tuned for any course changes or updates for 2014.

Elevation Table

  • 2 mile - 200 meter hill - approximately 3% grade
  • 7 mile - 200 meter hill - approximately 3% grade
  • 9 mile - 200 meter hill - approximately 4% grade
  • 24 mile - 300 meter hill - approximately 4% grade
  • There will be a fourth hill - eastbound at mile 6.5. Details to follow.

Timing

  • All Sunburst events will utilize Chronotrack B-Tag system
  • The ChronoTrack B-Tag is a part of the racing bib. There are two B-tag stickers on the back that contain RFID antennas. IMPORTANT: Since those strips are vital to officially recording your race time, avoid bending, breaking, or folding it. Also, don't cover it or hang any metal near it (the safety pins attaching it to your technical T-shirt don't count) or you may distort the signal.
  • Digital mats at start and finish.

Runner Support

  • Marathon: 23 water stations (see water stop chart)
  • Half Marathon: 12 water stations (see water stop chart)
  • Fluid replacement is Gatorade
  • GU Energy Gel available on the course
  • Bananas at the Boathouse and at Beutter Park
  • Porta-potties at start line, inside College Football Hall of Fame, all parks and the finish line

Medical Support

Medical team directed by Mark Lavallee, M.D., co-director of the Memorial Sports Medicine Institute. Staff support provided by the EMTs and registered nurses at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Emergency course support and communications provided by RACES and Red Cross of St. Joseph County. First aid at all water stops. Full medical tent at the finish.

Massage therapy provided at the finish line by Al Pinto and the massage therapists at Preventive Medicine.

Registration

Event Changes

All event changes may be made at the Sunburst Packet Pick-up and Expo on Friday, May 30 at Packet Pick-up

Premiums

  • Special Sunburst Marathon and Half Marathon T-shirts
  • Finisher medal for both events
  • Print-your-own finisher certificates
  • Posters (while supplies last)
  • Cold, wet towel and massage at the finish
  • Great finish line food - Thanks to Meijer for the great job they do!
  • Finisher photos available for purchase through Brightroom.com
  • Register early because you're going to want to get a T-shirt. Unfortunately we won't have T-shirts for late registration on May 30, 2014.
  • Last opportunity to register is Friday, May 30. No race day registration will be available.

Medal Donation

Don’t need another medal to throw in a box not to be seen for years? Want to help brighten a child’s day? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you should consider donating your medals to Memorial Children’s Hospital. There will be two sites to donate medals. If you have medals at home that you would like to donate, bring them to registration and inside the info. tent there will be a site to donate medals. If you would like to donate your Sunburst finisher medal there will be a site inside the stadium for you to do so. Help make a child’s day brighter and support Memorial Children’s Hospital by donating any hard-earned medals.

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