Currently in its twelfth consecutive year, the Holy Half Marathon is one of the largest student-organized events at the University of Notre Dame. 1,500 runners participate annually, coming from the Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College campuses, the South Bend community, and the Irish fanbase and alumni network nationwide.
The Holy Half has truly become one of the greatest traditions at the University of Notre Dame. Runners take pride not only in training for and completing a 13.1-mile race, but also in making a difference to South Bend on behalf of the University.
The 2016 Holy Half will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Registration is now closed. This year we are excited to support Reins of Life, St. Vincent de Paul, and Hannah's House.
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Annually held in the spring of each year, the Holy Half Marathon tradition began in 2004. A few students wanted to see if they could run 13.1-miles and decided to make a campus race. That year, about eighty runners participated, raising $1,000 for the Louis J. Acompora Foundation. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, proceeds from the consecutive Holy Half Marathons were donated to relief efforts in New Orleans. As the race garnered followers both on campus and nationwide, the number of participants and the amount of money raised for charity continued to grow.
In 2011, the Holy Half turned its attention to the surrounding area of South Bend. The campaign elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from locals, prompting a shift in focus to a new partnership with the adjacent community. From 2011-2014, the Holy Half Marathon raised over $140,000 for various South Bend organizations. In 2014, the race was expanded to include 1,500 runners. For the 2015 race, we are excited to support La Casa de Amistad and St. Margaret's House.
The Holy Half has truly become one of the greatest traditions at the University of Notre Dame. Runners take pride not only in training for and completing a 13.1-mile race, but also in making a difference to South Bend on behalf of the University. The Holy Half seeks to grow as a student club, allowing more students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross to be active in the planning and execution of the race. We are looking forward to many more years of running, community, and fun!
The Holy Half will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Both half marathon (13.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) races are available. The course runs along the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame passing iconic attractions including the Golden Dome, Grotto, Touchdown Jesus mural, and lakes. There is a strict cap of 1,500 runners.
The half marathon will begin at 9am. The 10K will begin at 9:15am. The start/finish line is at the Stepan Center, located on the northeast corner of campus.
Raceday parking will be available in the D2 North Lot as well as the Bulla Road Lot. See 'Parking' tab for more information.
Registration is now closed.
The registration fee is $45 for current Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College students, and $60 for non-students before handling costs are added. Registration includes a 2016 Holy Half dri fit t-shirt, finisher's medal, swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, food, and entertainment on race day.
There is a strict cap of 1,500 runners that has been reached. Registration and the waiting list are now closed.
Half Marathon Course
Raceday parking will be available in the D2 North Lot as well as the Bulla Road Lot.
Here is a map of available parking spots.
Packet pickup will take place Friday, April 8 from 7am to 7pm. It will be held in the Sorin Room on the first floor of the LaFortune Student Center on campus (by the Main Building/Golden Dome). Alternatively, runners can pick up their packets after 7am on raceday at Stepan Center. If you are picking up another runner's packet, you MUST have their signed liability waiver, which can be downloaded below.
The Holy Half aims to make a difference to our South Bend community on behalf of the University of Notre Dame. The 2016 race will benefit three exceptional organizations--Hannah's House, St. Vincent de Paul, and Reins of Life. We are excited to bring attention to and raise funds for these charities.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society provides hope to neighbors in need in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties by distributing assistance in the form of food, clothing, furniture, and rent/utility aid.
Reins of Life, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. The original facility is located in South Bend, Indiana. A second facility was opened in Michigan City in 2007. More than 500 Reins riders come from an estimated 100-mile radius that includes St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, Fulton, Porter, Starke and LaPorte Counties in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan.
Hannah's House is committed to and passionate about helping those who choose life for their babies. They provide a safe place to live for unwed pregnant women who are in need of support. With the guidance of caring staff, the residents are encouraged to take charge of their lives and become empowered to make positive choices. They begin to blossom, grow, and get ready for the responsibility of being a mother.
What are the details surrounding packet pickup?
Runners may pick up their packets from 7am to 7pm in the LaFortune Student Center on April 8th (the day before the race) or the morning of the race beginning at 7 am.
Is the race open to non-students?
Yes! We do reserve 40% of the 1,500 spots for Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College students, but the race is usually about half students and half non-students. We encourage everyone--South Bend community members, Notre Dame alumni and family, and Irish fans nationwide--to run the Holy Half!
Why is the race cheaper for students?
Because the Holy Half is a student club at Notre Dame, we work to subsidize the cost of registration for students. Registration is $45 for current Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College students and $60 for non-students.
How can I get involved in the planning of the Holy Half?
If you are a current Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, or Holy Cross College student we would love your help planning the race! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our booth at Activities Night each fall in order to become a member of the club!
What is your race cancellation policy?
All cancellations and race changes (10K to Half or vice versa) must be made prior to March 1, 2016. Please email email@example.com.
How can I sponsor your race?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor the Holy Half! Because our race raises money for local charities, we appreciate the support of our sponsors. We offer generous sponsorship benefits that allow you to promote your business to everyone present on race day.
Can I switch from the half to the 10k (or vice versa)?
All changes must be made prior to March 1. Please email email@example.com.
What if the race is cancelled?
Due to the charitable nature of this event, if the Holy Half is cancelled due to extenuating circumstances, we will not be able to issue refunds.