Registration for the 2018 Holy Half is now closed! Click here to be put on the wait list.
Currently in its fourteenth 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 2018 race will be held on April 7th.
Hall presidents who wish 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, 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.
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 start/finish line is at the Stepan Center, located on the northeast corner of campus.
Registration for the 2018 race is now closed. The link to the wait list can be found at the top of the homepage.
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 2018 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 2018 race will turn its focus back to the original mission of the Holy Half-- storm relief.
From its start, the Holy Half has donated its proceeds to charitable organizations. For 5 years, the Holy Half donated its proceceds to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans. In light of the recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the Holy Half will be donating all of its proceeds to the not-for-profit organization Direct Relief. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria devastated hundreds of communities, including Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, and alumni that call those areas home. In choosing which charity to support this year, it was clear that we needed to support those in the Notre Dame community affected by these tragedies.
Ranked by CNBC as first among "The Top 10 Charities Changing the world in 2016", Direct Relief has worked to help people recover rom disasters for nearly 70 years. Its mission is to improve the health and lives of those affected by proverty or emergencies, and the organization is active in all 50 states and 80 countries. Assitsance is provided regardless of politics, beliefs, or ethnic identities, and the organization uses targeted assistance that provides help with respect to and involving those people served.
When is the deadline for refunds?
The deadline for refunds is Monday March 26, 2018.
What are the details surrounding packet pickup?
Information surrounding 2018 packet pick up will be released closer to race day.
Where can I park on raceday?
Information on raceday parking will be available closer to race day.
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.
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.