Packet Pick Up will be available starting at 8:30 AM on race day at Running Around Screen Printing located at 227 West Van Buren Street Columbia City, IN 46725. This is a Chip Timed race timed by Erunner Timing. Each participant will receive a unisex district-made tank top.
The start of the race will be a block west of packet pick-up located at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Walnut Street. The Race will start promptly after the National Anthem is played at 10:15 AM.
The course will be led by local police and lead vehicle to the finish. There are many cross streets along the course which will be closed during the race.
There will be water/Gatorade as well as other refreshments available at the finish.
Parking will be available throughout Columbia City but we ask that participants refrain from parking along Van Buren Street (Start line/Parade Route). Parking will also be available at the finish line at the Y located at 950 East Van Buren Street.
Come join us this Memorial Day for a new tradition, a downhill competitive mile that starts downtown Columbia City and finishes at the Whitley County YMCA. The course follows Van Buren Street in a point to point race. The race will kick off the Annual Memorial Day Parade which starts at 10:15AM.
Packet Pick Up will be available starting at 8:30 AM on race day at Running Around Screen Printing located at 227 West Van Buren Street Columbia City, IN 46725.
The Start of the race will be just West of Running Around Screen Printing on Van Buren Street and will run east on Van Buren before finishing by the Whitley Country YMCA. Post race refreshments and awards will be given at the finish line.
Parking will be available throughout Columbia City as well as at the finish at the YMCA, we ask that participants refrain from parking along Van Buren Street (Start line/Parade Route).
The Memorial Day Mile is the RRCA State Championship for 2023.
Part of the 2023 Epic Racing Series, click the logo in the right-hand corner for more information and a list of the series races.
Packet pickup will be Monday morning at Running Around Screen Printing (227 West Van Buren Street Columbia City, IN 46725) starting at 8:30 AM till Race time at 10:15 AM.
100% of the profits from the race are added into the Veterans Marathon end of the year donation which will go to the local Churubusco American Legion Post 157 and Whitley County Paramedics.
Is this race a Boston Qualifier? Yes, we are a USATF certified course and Sanctioned Event which makes our event eligible to be used as a Boston Qualifying time.
Is there an Expo? We do not host a expo event but do a Friday afternoon/evening packet pickup where you will have the opportunity to meet with Race Directors and be welcomed to Downtown Columbia City.
Where does my entry go? 50% of the race profit goes to a Local Veteran Based Organization (2023 profits will be donated to our local American Legion Post 157 ). 25% of the race profit goes to our Heroes group (2023 will be our local EMTs). The remaining profit is put towards the race for the next year i.e. signing, marathon jackets, marketing.
2020 Donations – American Legion Post 98 – $3,343.56 Columbia City Fire Department – $1,671.78
2021 Donations – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5582 – $7,071.02 Columbia City Police Department – $3,535.51
2022 Donations – AMVETS Post 2919 – $5,721.17 Whitley County Sheriff’s Department – $2,860.59
Where can I find my results? You can find results either by selecting the results tab or by visiting our timers website, erunner.biz
How do I create a Heroes 5K team? You can create a team when signing up for the 5k either selecting Join an Existing team or Create a new team on runsignup. You do not have to register the entire team at once. You will need a minimum of 3 runners/walkers to be eligible for any team awards.
Do you offer live tracking? We do not offer live tracking at the Veterans Marathon at this time.
Where can I pick up my race packet? Packet pick up will be at Running Around Screen Printing on Friday evening, and the event tent on Saturday Morning located on the Northwest corner of the courthouse lawn in downtown Columbia City. You can pick up your packet from 3:00PM to 8:00PM Friday night or Saturday Morning 6:30 AM till Race time.
Where can I park? Parking is available throughout the downtown area including street parking and parking lots. The only places we ask people not to park is in any emergency vehicle parking spots (which are labeled such as), any personal driveways or beyond any road close areas.
Each Finisher will receive a commemorative pewter finished Indiana shaped medal that showcases the military branch. (Air Force 2023, Coast Guard 2024, Space Force 2025, Navy 2026, Army 2027, and Marine Corps 2028)
Overall and Overall Masters Male and Female will receive an Indiana shaped limestone award made in Bloomington, Indiana
1st and 2nd place is the following age groups will receive Indiana limestone commemorative award: 19-under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+