Health & Wellness

Running in Indianapolis

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.”

—Joyce Carol Oates

Check out these ideas for inspirational books, music, movies and local opportunities to jump start your training season running in Indianapolis.

Local Races and Great Places to Run

If you’re interested in training for a 5K or half marathon, there are lots of local resources to help you get ready. The Indy YMCAs offer training programs – check their website for more information. The National Institute for Fitness and Sport, right here in Indianapolis, also offers half marathon training.

There are a number of groups in the city devoted to fitness and running that are free and welcoming! Check out Black Girls RunNovember ProjectBlack Men Run, and Indy Runners.

Many local running stores also offer training as well as free group runs. Ask them about what they might offer.

Once you’re ready to race, look for events on these online calendars:

Running Paths Near Libraries

Pair a good run with a Library visit! Many of our locations are within a short distance of excellent places to run, making running in Indianapolis even more fun!

There are races practically every weekend too, from 5Ks to full marathons and triathlons. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and start running! Browse the running books below to inspire you or queue up an audiobook or some new music – free with your IndyPL library card!

Running Books

I am always on the lookout for the latest books about running to keep me inspired and lacing up my shoes. If you’re a runner, or even a wannabe runner, check out these titles!

Title - Breakthrough WomenTitle - How She Did ItTitle - Run Like A Pro (even If YouTitle - Mental Training for UltrarunningTitle - Running Throughout TimeTitle - Running With PurposeTitle - The Running-shaped HoleTitle - Running SidewaysTitle - Becoming ForrestTitle - 40 Best Running & Workout Songs 2022Title - Trail Running Illustrated