The Training Program meets on Wednesdays at 6 pm between January 24 and May 9, 2018.


NIFS Mini-Marathon and 5K Training Program

in Indianapolis, IN at National Institute for Fitness and Sport


  • 5K Training Program - NIFS Members and Students
    On step 2, you have the option of purchasing the ABG to Half-Marathon Training Book for $10!

    » $35.00 Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $40.00 Registration (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $45.00 Late Registration (1/25 at 12:00 AM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    5K Training Program (NIFS members and students)


  • 5K Training Program - NIFS Members and Students - Same Household
    Immediate household family members receive 50% off when another family member registers!

    » $35.00 leader, $17.50 each additional household member; Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $40.00 leader, $17.50 each additional household member; plus $2.50 (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $45.00 leader, $17.50 each additional household member; plus $5.00 (1/25 at 12:00 AM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    For verification purposes, participants choosing this option may be required to show ID on the first night.
    5K Training Program (same household NIFS members and students)


  • 5K Training Program - Non NIFS Members
    On step 2, you have the option of purchasing the ABG to Half-Marathon Training Book for $10!

    » $45.00 Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $50.00 Early Bird Registration (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $55.00 Late Registration (1/25 at 12:00 AM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    5K Training Program (non NIFS members)


  • 5K Training Program - Non NIFS Members - Same Household
    Immediate household family members receive 50% off when another family member registers!

    » $45.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $50.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; plus $2.50 (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $55.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; plus $5.00 (1/25 at 12:00 AM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    For verification purposes, participants choosing this option may be required to show ID on the first night.
    5K Training Program (same household non NIFS members)


  • Mini-Marathon Training Program - NIFS Members and Students
    On step 2, you have the option of purchasing the ABG to Half Marathon Training Book for $10!

    » $55.00 Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $60.00 Registration (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $65.00 Late Registration (1/24 at 11:59 PM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    Mini-Marathon Training Program (NIFS members and students)


  • Mini-Marathon Training Program - NIFS Members and Students - Same Household
    Immediate household family members receive 50% off when another family member registers!

    » $55.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $60.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; plus $2.50 (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $65.00 leader, $22.50 each additional household member; plus $5.00 (1/24 at 11:59 PM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    For verification purposes, participants choosing this option may be required to show ID on the first night.
    Mini-Marathon Training Program (same household NIFS members and students)


  • Mini-Marathon Training Program - Non NIFS Members
    On step 2, you have the option of purchasing the ABG to Half-Marathon Training Book for $10!

    » $65.00 Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $70.00 Registration (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $75.00 Late Registration (1/24 at 11:59 PM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    Mini-Marathon Training Program (non NIFS members)


  • Mini-Marathon Training Program - Non NIFS Members - Same Household
    Immediate household family members receive 50% off when another family member registers!

    » $65.00 leader, $32.50 each additional household member; Early Bird Registration (through 11/30 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $70.00 leader, $32.50 each additional household member; plus $2.50 (12/1 at 12:00 AM EST through 1/24 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » $75.00 leader, $32.50 each additional household member; plus $5.00 (1/24 at 11:59 PM EST through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    For verification purposes, participants choosing this option may be required to show ID on the first night.
    Mini-Marathon Training Program (same household non NIFS members)


  • ABG to Half-Marathon Training Book ONLY
    Book Purchase only

    » $21.95 Book Order (includes shipping) (through 3/1 at 11:59 PM EST)
    Purchase Book Only



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Program Details

Whether it's your first half-marathon or you're a seasoned racer, the NIFS Mini-Marathon and 5K Training Program will help you perform your best. Our motivational program includes:

  • Weekly group runs and walks on Wednesday nights
  • Training in a group at your own pace with pace leaders ranging from 7-minute run to 16-minute walk for the half marathon
  • Training with either a beginner or advanced group for the 5K
  • Post-workout snack
  • Parking (restrictions may apply)
  • Program t-shirt
  • Guidance on nutrition to fuel your race
  • Fitness Center use all day on Wednesdays
  • Pre-event training expo
  • Celebration dinner
  • Perk for first timers and 5+ year veterans!

Time - Date - Location

January 24 - May 9, 2018

National Institute for Fitness and Sport:
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
250 University Boulevard - Downtown in White River State Park, on the IUPUI campus

An informational meeting, packet pick-up and Training Clinic and Expo will be held on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm.

The informational meeting will provide an orientation to program procedures, training protocols, and the Absolute Beginner's Guide (ABG) to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race book. The Training Clinic and Expo will be in a health fair format. Vendors will be on hand to provide expert advice on a variety of topics to ensure your training is safe, effective and fun!

Training walks and runs will be held weekly beginning on Wednesday, January 31.

Can't join us on Wednesdays?

The Absolute Beginner's Guide (ABG) to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race can be purchased separately.

This book is just what the doctor ordered for preparing for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as well as any other 5K, 10K or half-marathon races throughout the year.

The ABG to Half-Marathon Training provides readers an easy-to-understand introduction to the world of walking or running 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons. It is illustrated to make learning quick and easy and is loaded with notes on training gadgets and gear, staying motivated, and how to train without pain. You will learn step by step how to make walking or running an accessible and easy-to-practice fitness routine.

Only $21.95! (free shipping)

Testimonials

"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 what has the same goal is exciting. It's an outstanding program."

"I have mild asthma and never thought I could run 5 miles, much less 13. Now I find myself saying 'Oh I have a 5-mile run tonight!' If I can do it anyone can!"

About NIFS

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of trustees. NIFS was established in 1985 and opened its doors with the help of grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis. November 1, 1988, marked the dedication of the 117,000 square-foot facility and the opening of the Fitness Center, which serves more than 4,000 members.

Our Mission
The National Institute for Fitness and Sport is committed to enhancing human health, physical fitness and athletic performance through research, education, and service.

NIFS strives to accomplish our mission by encouraging adoption of healthy behaviors which improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

Questions?

For more information about NIFS or to join our Fitness Center, visit www.nifs.org

  • All payments are non-refundable after January 24, 2018. Credit may be applied to other programs or services or transferred to another participant.

  • To safely participate in the training program, we recommend you be able to hold a 16-minute mile pace for at least 2 consecutive miles.

  • Participants are not automatically entered into the race. We highly recommend registering as soon as possible. Visit 500festival.com or geisthalf.com for details.


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