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Celebrating 25 Years in Training!
Mini-Marathon and 5K Training Program

January 27–May 9, 2016
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!

Why join our program?

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 and logs designed for your level of training, experience and goals—including 5K and 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 (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 click here.
  • 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 Amanda Bireline at (317) 274-3432 ext. 219.
  • 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.


  • $60 for NIFS members (without the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training book)
  • $70 for guest members (without the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training book)
  • 5K Training—$40 NIFS members (can add book for $10)
  • 5K Training—$50 for guest members (can add book for $10)


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

Questions? Contact Amanda Bireline at (317) 274-3432 ext. 219 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!

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