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. 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, 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.
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 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.
Here is our course for 2015! One lap will be 10K (6.2 miles) and two laps will be the half marathon (13.1 miles). The start/finish line is at the Stepan Center. This course is subject to change due to campus construction. All runners will receive a more detailed map prior to the race.
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, March 27 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).
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!
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 $40 for current Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College students and $55 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 email@example.com or stop by our booth at Activities Night each fall in order to become a member of the club!
Where can I send suggestions for the race or get more information?
We welcome all suggestions! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or to get more information.
What is your race cancellation policy?
All cancellations and race changes (10K to Half or vice versa) must be made prior to March 1, 2015. 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.
Registration is full! How can I be added to the waitlist?
Please email email@example.com. The race has a strict cap of 1,500 runners, but people will be pulled off of the waitlist if anyone is unable to run.
Can I switch from the half to the 10k (or vice versa)?
All changes must be made prior to March 1. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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