REGISTRATION FOR THE HOLY HALF MARATHON IS NOW CLOSED. Currently in its thirteenth consecutive year, the Holy Half Marathon is one of the largest student-organized events at the University of Notre Dame. 1,700 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 2017 Holy Half will be held on Saturday, April 1st.
Hall presidents attempting to sign up for a water or cheering station may do so by contacting the Holy Half Staff via email.
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 1, 2017. 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 1,700 runners.
The half marathon will begin at 9am. 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 $65 for non-students before handling costs are added. Registration includes a 2017 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 1,700 runners for the 2017 year.
2016 10k Course
2016 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, March 31 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 2017 race will benefit four exceptional organizations-- Education Bridge, South Bend Center For The Homeless, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County, and The Logan Center. We are excited to bring attention to and raise funds for these charities.
Education Bridge is a US based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to create flourishing South Sudanese communities by empowering youth through holistic education and peacebuilding. Founded by Notre Dame student Majak Anyieth,they envision a more peaceful and prosperous country, South Sudan, and believe education is a reliable bridge to this vision. Education Bridge is committed to providing transformational educational programs, including for girls and disadvantaged children.
The South Bend Center for the Homeless has served more than 55,000 men, women, children and Veterans by linking them with the programs, agencies, and people Who can help them break the cycle of homelessness. Their missions are to break the cycle of homelessness, bring people together to discover their worth, dignity, & potential of one another, and to pioneer a service model worthy of replication.
The Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County provides countless resources to teens and young adults in the St. Joseph County community. Providing an emergency youth shelter through safe spaces and safe stations, and programs on the path to self sufficiency for young mothers among other services. The experienced team of staff and volunteers develop trusting relationships with youth in an effort to provide needed support and assistance, aid them in what may be difficult choices, and help them navigate their options. Staff link them up with community resources for assistance with housing, job training, education, parenting, counseling, healthcare needs and legal assistance.
Logan supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they, and their families, may achieve their desired quality of life. Logan also envisions a community in which every individual, regardless of obstacles or challenges, is able to reach their full human potential. The organization is located in South Bend, as well as in group homes around the community and Autism Learning Centers in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Granger and Logansport, Indiana.
What are the details surrounding packet pickup?
Runners may pick up their packets from 7am to 7pm in the LaFortune Student Center on March 31(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 1,700 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 $65 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!
What is your race cancellation policy?
All cancellations and race changes must be made prior to March 1, 2017. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I sponsor your race?
Please email email@example.com 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.
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.