Some Frequently Asked Questions...

When do you anticipate registration to open for the 2023 race?

Registration will be opening up on Monady, January 23rd at 9:00AM EST. You can stay up to date on information regarding the registration process through this page as well as our instagram and facebook.

If you have a particular concern or question, please email holyhalf@nd.edu.

Are there awards for the race?

Yes! We will have a brief and informal awards ceremony from 11:15 to 11:30 in Stepan Center (start/finish line). The following runners will be recognized at the ceremony, and the top finishers (to be clear, not the top three) will receive a voucher from Fleet Feet sports.

10k Men's Student Top Finisher & Women's Student Top Finisher
10k Men's Non-Student Top Finisher & Women's Non-Student Top Finisher
Half Men's Student Top 3 & Half Women's Student Top 3
Half Men's Non-Student Top 3 & Half Women's Non-Student Top 3

When did registration close? 

Registration closes each year when we reach 1,700 runners. This runner cap is strictly enforced to ensure everyone's safety on race day and has existed every year, regardless of the current pandemic. For 2022, registration closed in early January and a waitlist was available for a short time after that. For 2023, registration will most likely close a bit later as we are not opening up registration until early January.

What is the course like?

The course map can be found on the 2022 Race Updates page. Generally, the 10k is one loop and the 13.1 mile race is two loops. The race loop includes four water stations and a very limited number of portable restrooms will be available by McGlinn fields.

I need to change something about my registration. How can I do that?

In most cases, yes. Please email holyhalf@nd.edu. Please make every effort to submit these requests by midnight on Thursday, March 31. The final deadline for any changes to registration is midnight on Sunday, April 3.

What is the deadline for refunds? Can I cancel my registration?

The deadline for 2022 refunds was March 15. We are no longer accepting refund requests, due to the charitable nature of the event. However, if you do not plan on racing, officially canceling your registration with this form will allow us to give a spot to a runner off of the waitlist.

Are there restrooms available on race day?

Yes. There will be many portable restrooms available outside of Stepan Center, and a very limited number of portable restrooms in McGlinn Fields along the course (see course map). Please be advised that lines for restrooms at community races are inevitably long.

What are the details surrounding packet pick up?

Please see the 2022 Race Updates tab for more details.

Where can I park on race day?

Parking will be available on the east side of campus. Runners will receive more information via email on or before April 4, 2022. Please budget 15-20 minutes for parking and walking over to the starting line at Stepan Center.

Do you allow strollers in the race?

Due to safety concerns, we are not able to allow runners to race with a stroller. Parts of the course can be narrow or uneven, and strollers could put other runners at risk.

How can I volunteer on race day?

We are so grateful for our volunteers! With just one week until race day, volunteer sign-ups are now closed. Please do come out to cheer along the course, though! 

Is the race open to non-students?

Yes! We do reserve 40% of the 1,700 spots for Notre Dame, Saint 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!

What is your race cancelation policy?

We will cancel the race if weather does not permit an event of this size. In years past, this has occurred 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 event, if the Holy Half is canceled due to extenuating circumstances, we will not issue refunds.

Can I walk the race?

The race begins at 9am, and we close the course at 12pm. It's unlikely that participants would be able to walk the full 13.1 miles in the three-hour window. However, if you would like to walk one lap of the course (roughly the 10k route), you are welcome to do so.

How can I sponsor your race?

Please email holyhalf@nd.edu 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.



Last updated Dec 8, 2022