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Get the latest answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Indy Women's Running Festival.

  • What is the Indiana Women’s Running Festival?
    The Indiana Women’s Half Marathon was introduced to the central Indiana running community in August 2010 as the first women’s-only half marathon in Indiana. In its 9 years it has become the largest women's only half marathon in the state, and as of 2019, one of the largest Women's Half Marathons in the United States. Some participants enter this race to run competitively, some run for charities, and some run for loved ones. Many women join us just to have fun and spend a day running with their friends. But whatever the reason, the Indiana Women’s Half Marathon is a special race with a special atmosphere.
  • Where and when is the Indiana Women’s Running Festival?
    The Indiana Women’s Running Festival will be held on August 31, 2024. Start and Finish activities will be held at the: Carmel Gazebo 3 Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032
  • Why is the race for women only?
    We host a women’s-only event to showcase and honor the strides women have made in the sport of running & walking.
  • Can men participate?
    Yes. We encourage you to be a spectator in supporting and cheering on your wife, sister, mother, friend and others. We encourage you to become a volunteer for the event – not just to support women, but to help the sport of running & walking.
  • Can I walk the Indiana Women’s Running Festival?
    All of our events are walker friendly. Please remember the course time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours, roughly an 18:15/mile pace.
  • Are jogging strollers allowed in the Indiana Women’s Running Festival?
    Jogging strollers are allowed for the 5K only. Strollers should begin at the back of the race behind the runners.
  • Are there pacers for the half marathon?
    Yes, the Indiana Women's Half offers a great group of experienced pacers who can help you reach your goals! We have pacers available at the following times: 1:45, 1:50. 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:30.
  • Can my friend or family member pick up my race packet for me?
    Yes. The person picking up the participant's packet must have a copy of the participant's driver's license, or a copy of the participant's confirmation email (sent via email when they registered.) Packets can be picked up at Expo Friday, Oct. 20th at Packet Pickup, or on race morning from 6:30 am-7:45 am, prior to the race.
  • When and where is packet pick-up?
    Check the Event Schedule page for dates and times. Packets must be picked up during the pre-race event on Friday the day before the event at the Indiana Women's Running Festival Expo: Renaissance Hotel 11925 N Meridian St Carmel, IN 46032 Packet pick-up is also available race morning from: Civic Square Gazebo 3 Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032
  • May I switch my registration from one race to another?
    Yes! You may upgrade or downgrade (event distance) your registration using the online registration form. To upgrade, you'll just need to pay the difference between the cost of the event registration fees. You may downgrade at no cost.
  • May I switch my registration to another person?
    Yes but all transfers must go through Race Headquarters. Transfer fees include a $25 fee to transfer + the difference in registration fee based on the cost when originally registered and the current cost of registration. For example, you registered for the half during the ‘early bird’ at $50 but want to transfer it to a new person now. The current registration fee now is $75 therefore the new participant will pay $25 (transfer) + $25 (difference in fee) = $50 + processing. To initiate a transfer, email Race Headquarters HERE with the new participant’s email
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy?
    The Race Director, Official Medical Director, and Carmel Police have the authority to cancel or delay the event for any reason such as extreme weather, accidents, city emergency, health risks, etc. No refunds or deferrals are allowed.
  • I want to make sure I am signed up. How do I confirm this?
    You may confirm your online registration here.
  • How can I volunteer to help with the Indiana Women’s Running Festival?
    Our volunteers help make this event possible. Volunteer opportunities are available in the days leading up to the race, at the Expo and on race day! To learn more and join our volunteer crew email
  • I can’t make it to the race. Do you offer a virtual race option?
    Starting in 2023, we are no longer offering a virtual option for this event
  • What kind of shirt is available for race participants?
    The official race shirt for the Indiana Women's Half Marathon and 5K is a short sleeve t-shirt. All participants will receive this shirt.
  • Where can I park on race morning?
    Along with street parking, several parking garages are within a few minutes walk to the start/finish area. See the Parking Garage Map for details.
  • How do I register?
    Click here to register online.
  • Will post-race massages be available?
    Not at this time, but we are working on securing new massage partners.
  • What kind of nutrition is available on the course during the race?
    We offer both water and Gatorade at every water stop.
  • Are there port-o-lets on the course?
    Yes! There are port-o-lets located throughout the course. There is a minimum of one Port-o-let located near each of the water stops throughout the course. Water stops are located approximately every mile.
  • Can I run with my dog?
    Dogs are only allowed in the 5K and not in the half marathon. This is due to insurance and safety reasons.
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