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Mini Marathon & 5K Training Program

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NIFS Mini-Marathon & 5K Training Program

February 1, 2023–May 3, 2023
Wednesdays 6:00pm

Having fun going 13.1(or 5K)! Now in our 33rd year of training, we'll help you cross the finish line!
Our 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. 

This program is for ALL LEVELS of runners, with different pace groups. Whether you are a beginner or advanced runner, we have a racing plan for you!

Whether you are training for the OneAmerica 500festival.com on May 6, 2023 or the Geist Half Marathon geisthalf.com on May 21, 2023 our training program will help you reach your running goals!

Mini training—$60 for NIFS members/$70 for non-members
5K Training—$40 NIFS members/ $50 for non-members

 Register online › Download form ›

Are you thinking about competing in your first Mini-Marathon? Competed before but need a strategy for staying on track or improving your time?

Each week you will meet up with other people who have the same goal as you. This group will support and encourage you throughout the entire program. But more important than that...WE HAVE FUN!

Program includes:

  • Training Orientation, packet pick-up, and Q&A on February 1, 2023 (no training run that day)
  • Weekly group training runs and walks on Wednesday evenings starting at 6 pm. New in 2023 offsite run locations once a month
  • Training program and logs designed for your level of experience, fitness, and goals
  • Full access to NIFS Fitness Center on Wednesdays with access to a variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment.
  • Weekly snacks and refreshments
  • Program T-shirt
  • Post-race celebration on May 10, 2023

You will need to register for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or 5K or the Geist Half Marathon separately. Race entry is not included in training fees. See below.


To 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, Attention Tim Howard 250 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Participants are NOT automatically entered into the race. We recommend you register for the Mini-Marathon as soon as possible at www.500festival.com. They predict filling the race by early to late November. We also recommend registering for the Geist Half Marathon as soon as possible at www.geisthalf.com.
Participants must be able to walk or run a minimum of 3 miles at a 16-minute mile pace.

Program cost:

Mini training—$60 for NIFS members/$70 for non-members
5K Training—$40 NIFS members/ $50 for non-members

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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