Results for the 2019 race can be found here
Currently in its fifteenth 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 the South Bend community on behalf of the University.
The 2019 Course Map can be found below or on our Facebook page:
Packet Pick Up will be between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm in the Sorin Room in LaFortune Student Center on 4/5. You can also pick up your packet between 7:30 am and 8:30 am at Stepan Center the day of the race.
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, 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 2017, the race was expanded to include 1,700 runners. In that year alone, the race raised over $50,000 to support four local charities and continues to raise funds of that amount.
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. As a club that is entirely student lead, the Holy Half seeks to grow as a student club, allowing more women and men 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 course runs along the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame passing iconic attractions including the Golden Dome, Grotto, Touchdown Jesus, and campus lakes. There is a strict cap of 1,700 runners. The half is two laps and the 10k will be one. Water stations are marked.
The start/finsih line is at Stepan Center, located on the NorthEast corner of campus. Parking for the 2019 race will be available in the following lots: FISHER, LIBRAY, BULLA, WILSON, RUGBY.
Packet Pickup will be held the day before the race on Friday, April 5th. Alternatively, race day packet pickup will be available in Stepan Center the morning of the race.
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.
There is a strict cap of 1,700 runners for the 2019 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 for the 2019 race will take place Friday, April 5, the day before the race. Alternatively, runners can pick up their packets from 7am-8:30am 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 St. Joseph County community on behalf of the University of Notre Dame. We are proud to support two organizations with the 2019 race. The CASA Program in St. Joseph County and Education Bridge, started by a Notre Dame student.
Helping bring peace and prosperity to South Sudan through education, Education Bride was founded by ND alum Majak Anyieth. The non-profit, started in 2014, promotes peace and education in South Sudan by working with students to teach them conflict resolution, teamwork, and entrepeneurship skills. In 2017, Education Bridge opened Greenbelt Academy in Bor, South Sudan, its first school of 200 students grades 9-12. With values of compassion, respect, excellence, and responsibility, and the mission to unlock potential in South Sudan's students, we are proud to support Education Bridge in our 2019 race.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was initiated in Seattle,Washington in 1977 by the Honorable David Soukup.In his effort to become more informed in his decisions about the future of children, Judge Soukup conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. The program proved so successful that soon judges across the country adopted the program to use citizen advocates.The U.S. Congress supported the expansion of CASA in 1990 when they passed the Victims of Child Abuse Act. According to the National CASA records, more than1,018 CASA programs are in operation today helping children in 50 states, with68,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers.
When is the deadline for refunds?
The deadline for 2019 refunds is Friday March 15, 2019.
What are the details surrounding packet pickup?
Information surrounding 2019 packet pick up will be released closer to race day. Please see the "Information" tab for further info.
Where can I park on raceday?
Parking will be available in Fisher, Library, Bulla, Wilson, and Rugby lots.
What should I do if I want to volunteer on raceday?
Please fill out this form if you would like to volunteer on race day.
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 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?
We will cancel the race if weather does not permit an event of this size. In years past, this has occured because of icy conditions and lack of additional law enforcement staff to help enforce safety. Safety is our biggest priority and we want to ensure that all runners have a safe and fun experience.
Due to the charitable nature of this esvent, if the Holy Half is cancelled due to extenuating circumstances, we will not issue refunds.
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.
When is the next race?
We begin planning each race in the August before it occurs. Each race is normally in late March/early April and dates are announced in November, along with the opening of registration.