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Celebrating 27 Years in Training!
Mini-Marathon & 5K Training Program

January 25–May 8, 2017
Wednesdays 6:00pm, downtown NIFS Location!

Have you been thinking about competing in your first 5K or Mini Marathon? Competed before but need a strategy for staying on track with your training or improving your time? Cross the finish line with us!







The NIFS 14-week program provides an in-depth, personalized and interactive training approach. Developed by exercise physiologists, fitness specialists and registered dietitians, this comprehensive program will optimize your performance in any race event. But more important than that...WE HAVE FUN! Each week you will meet up with other people who have the same goal as you. This group will support and encourage you through the entire program!


  • Weekly group training runs and walks on Wednesday evenings
  • Training program designed for your level of training, experience and goals—including 5K & 13.1
  • Cross training available on Wednesday evenings, on your own, with access to variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment at the NIFS Fitness Center
  • Educational Training Clinic & Expo held during the program orientation
  • Weekly snacks and refreshments
  • Program T-shirt
  • A celebration post-event dinner party (additional nominal fee)

All training takes place at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport
250 University Boulevard, Downtown in White River State Park on the IUPUI campus


  • Register online or print and complete the registration form and mail with credit card information, money order or a check made out to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. To pay by phone via credit card, call Angie Mitchell at (317) 274-3432 ext. 239.
  • Participants are NOT automatically entered into the race. We recommend you register for the Mini-Marathon as soon as possible at They predict filling the race by early to late November. We also recommend registering for the Geist Half Marathon as soon as possible at and the Carmel Marathon.
  • Participants must be able to walk or run a minimum of 2 miles at a 16-minute mile pace.


New This Year!

Family Rate: Immediate household family members receive 50% off registration fee when another family member registers!

Rookies/Veterans: 1st year rookies to the program will receive a FREE 30-day membership to NIFS(*Valid for new NIFS members only). Veterans of 5+ years to the program will receive a special NIFS gift from the training staff!

Registration 11/30–2/25

Mini: Members $60; Non-members $70
5K: Members $40; Non-members $50

Get the “Absolute Beginners Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 10K, or Half-Marathon” book with program for $10. Or, purchase the book only for $18.95 (plus $3 shipping and handling)

Interested in becoming a group leader? Contact Angie Mitchell (317) 274-3434 ext. 239 or email. 

Questions? Contact Angie Mitchell at (317) 274-3432 ext. 239 or via email.

What Our Participants Have to Say!

 “I look forward to participating every year. The training program is even more fun than the actual race!”—DENISE

“We have participated in other training programs in the past and in my opinion the NIFS program beats theirs hands down.”

“I come back to group Mini Marathon training at NIFS year after year, because they help me achieve my goals. I enjoy the motivation and structure.”

“I never thought walking 13.1 miles could be so much fun. Great people. Very inspirational!"

“It was an awesome program. It was great knowing someone would be there each week cheering you on to do your best!“

Thank You to Our Program Sponsors!


















    We Are Looking for Group Leaders!

    We are looking for 15 & 16-min walker leaders, a 12- min running leader, & a 5K leader for mini marathon training. Contact Angie at 317-274-3432 ext 239 or by email if you are intersted in free training and leading a group!