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

January 21-May 6, 2015
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!

We have 25 years experience in helping runners and walkers of all levels train and succeed in their race goals.

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.

Features include:

  • 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
  • A celebration post-event dinner party (nominal fee)
  • Program T-shirt

New for 2015 5K training Groups!

General Information (Time / Date / Location / Registration):

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

  • Program orientation, packet pickup and training clinic will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm.
  • Monitored training walks and runs will be held weekly starting Wednesday, January 21.
  • The program will end on Monday, May 6 with a celebration pasta dinner.

Registration details:

  • 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 Stephanie Kaiser at (317) 274-3432 ext. 226.
  • 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.
  • Program cost:
    • $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 Scheetz (317) 274-3434 ext. 239 or email. 

Questions? Contact Stephanie Kaiser at (317) 274-3432 ext. 226 or via email.

What Our Participants Have to Say!

“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!"

“I have mild asthma and never thought I could run  5 miles, much less 13. Now I find myself saying “Oh I just have a 5-mile run tonight! If I can do it any one can!”

“For my first mini I trained on my own (what a joke) and I barely made it across the finish line. Training with a group who has the same goal is exciting. It’s an outstanding program.”

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

“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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Congratulations to our 2013 Participants!

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