Currently in its eleventh 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 2015 Holy Half will be held on Saturday, March 28. Registration for the race opens Monday, December 1, 2014. This year we are excited to support La Casa de Amistad and St. Margaret's House.
Annually held in the spring of each year, the Holy Half Marathon tradition began in 2004. That year, about eighty runners participated, raising $1000 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 gathered followers and garnered media attention, the number of participants and the amount of money raised for charity continued to grow.
In 2011, the Holy Half instituted a comprehensive marketing campaign in 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. That year, 1,340 runners raced around the beautiful University of Notre Dame campus, raising over $40,000 for the local South charities Michiana Down Syndrome, St. Adalbert's School, and the Center for the Homeless. The 2012 race generated over $30,000 for Hope Ministries and the St. Joseph County Public Library, and, in 2013, an additional $30,000 was raised for the Family Justice Center and the Women's Care Center.
Last year's race continued this tradition of fun and community. The race was expanded to include 1,500 runners and generated over $30,000 to benefit the Kelly Cares Foundation and Girls on the Run Michiana.
The Holy Half will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. 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.
Registration opens Monday, December 1, 2014.
The registration fee is $40 for current Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College students, and $55 for non-students. Registration includes a 2015 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 and registration will close when this limit is reached. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist after registration is full.
The Holy Half aims to make a difference to our South Bend community on behalf of the University of Notre Dame. The 2015 race will benefit two exceptional organizations--La Casa de Amistad and St. Margaret's House. We are excited to bring attention to and raise funds for these charities.
La Casa de Amistad aims to empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment. Founded in 1973 as a youth outreach program, La Casa has expanded to now offer programs that help develop leadership skills, increase knowledge and appreciation of culture, and develop stronger self-esteem. Visit their website to learn more about their work and see how you can help!
St. Margaret's House works to improve the lives of women and children by providing individual attention to their immediate needs, breaking the bonds of isolation, and helping them acquire skills to better their lives. St. Margaret's first opened its doors in 1990 and has since grown in both size and services offered. Immediate needs are served through hot meals and showers, and programming in parenting, self--empowerment, and finance helps guests improve their lives. Visit their website to learn more about their work and see how you can help!