Marathon & Half Marathon

Marathon Course

Start in downtown South Bend, 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 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 course closes to runners and reopens to vehicle traffic according to the slowest allowable pace of a 14-minute mile. Waterstops will also close according to that pace. The finish line remains open for an official time of 6.5 hours, until 12:30 p.m. EDT. If you are not keeping at least a 14-minute mile, you will need to run on the sidewalk. We strongly encourage you to choose the half marathon instead.
  • 2015 Maps will be available in May, 2015  Click here to view a 2014 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.
  • 2015 turn-by-turn descriptions will be available May, 2015   Click here for turn-by-turn description of the 2014 Marathon Course (PDF)

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.
  • 2015 Maps will be available in May, 2015   Click here to view the 2014 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.

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

The medical team is directed by Linda Mansfield, M.D., director of Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine. Staff support is provided by the EMTs and registered nurses at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Emergency course support and communications are provided by RACES and Red Cross of St. Joseph County. First aid at all water stops. Full medical tent at the finish.

Course Closing

The course closes to runners and re-opens to vehicle traffic according to the slowest allowable pace of a 14-minute mile. Waterstops will also close according to that pace. The finish line is the last section of the course to close, at 12:30 p.m. EDT (6.5 hours after the start). To reiterate: The course and runner support do not remain open for 6.5 hours; they close on a rolling 14-minute mile pace. If you are not keeping at least a 14-minute mile, you will not have support (no volunteers, police, water stops, etc.), the streets will be re-opened to vehicle traffic, and you will need to run on the sidewalk.

Registration

  • Register early because you're going to want to get a T-shirt. Unfortunately we won't have T-shirts for late registration on June 5, 2015.
  • Last opportunity to register is Friday, June 5, 2015. Race day registration will NOT be available.
  • Visit the Registration page for more information

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 Marathonfoto.com

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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