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Sam Costa Half Marathon

Saturday March 23rd, 2024
Carmel, IN
Distance: Half Marathon · Quarter Marathon
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Sam Costa Half Marathon, certified by USATF, is 13.10938 miles. Sam Costa Quarter Marathon, also USATF certified and sponsored by Mike Helms, DPM, is 6.55469 miles.

Male Record Holder - 1:06:55
Thom Burleson, 1983

Female Record Holder - 1:16:17
Erin Vergara, 2016

New courses for 2022!

We have made major improvements to the race courses! The races will incorporate a single combined start at 9:00 a.m., separating during mile 4. The courses are being updated for multiple reasons:

  • Improved safety
  • Incorporate paved trails along the White River
  • Incorporate a few miles of the Sam Costa course from the 1980's, 1990's, and early 2000's

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Steve Gilbert
Sam Costa used to hang out with runners from central Indiana. . . . (These) early advocates had a race each year called the "Central Indiana Striders Half Marathon". It was held on the western outskirts of Marion County in late winter and Sam would participate with the rest of his buddies. Sam was a good, if not great runner, but he enjoyed the camaraderie of this group and the fledgling sport it represented. (Sam was, in fact, a detective with the Chicago Police Department. His traveling 200 miles to train and compete with a few friends is testimony to his dedication.) Sam would not live to see his avocation become accepted as it is today. He became terminally ill with cancer and passed away in the early '70's. His friends felt that the most appropriate memorial would be to name their half marathon event after Sam. For that reason it has been called the "Sam Costa Half Marathon" ever since."
Sam Costa Half Marathon, Race Date: 2023-03-25, Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:14:58 Brady Hall
2nd Male 1:17:26 Steve Williams
3rd Male 1:18:57 Noah Weslock
4th Male 1:19:10 Joe Moore
Female 1:20:00 Sarah Higgens
2nd Female 1:28:41 Lucie Sulewski
3rd Female 1:28:58 Kristina Tabor
4th Female 1:33:19 Kaitlyn Duran
Division Time Name Age Home
Sam Costa Half Marathon

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