The Veterans Marathon

Welcome Veterans and Runners!

Three Rivers Running Company is proud to continue the tradition of the Veterans Marathon, a superb event honoring our nation’s Veterans.

Located in the heart of northeast Indiana, Columbia City is a small-town community with true Hoosier values. It’s a community rooted in its agricultural heritage, strengthened by its commercial and residential development, and proud of its hometown heroes.

In honor of those servicemen and servicewomen throughout nation, Three Rivers Running Company has teamed up with the Columbia City Parks and Recreation Department to present the 11th Annual Veterans Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K on November 9, 2019.

Only 20 miles west of Fort Wayne on US Highway 30, Columbia City is easy to find, easy to get to, easy to appreciate, and easy to enjoy. We can’t promise the race is easy to run, but we can promise that you’ll have fun.

Come experience the challenge and excitement of running the Veterans Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5K and do so in honor of America’s veterans. You’ll be glad you did.

Race Registration

2019 Race Registration now open online

Online registration ends at NOON on Thursday, November 7. Race Registration will be ONLINE ONLY until packet pick-up (Friday, November 8). If you have issues signing up online, please email us. No race day registration & no refunds.

Results and Photos from prior years

Race Info

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City, Indiana
101 West Van Buren Street

Marathon (26.2), Half-Marathon (13.1) and 5K (3.1)

Start time
8:00 am (Marathon and Half Marathon)
8:15 am (5k)

End time
The half-marathon course closes at 12:00 pm, the full marathon course closes at 2:00 pm

Showers are also available at the YMCA after Saturday’s races. You will need to bring your own towel.
YMCA Address: 950 E Van Buren St Columbia City, IN 46725

Contact 3RRC
Phone: 260-496-8000
E-mail: Lynn@3riversrunning.com
Address: 4039 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

We are a sanctioned USATF Marathon; any U.S. or World Records as well Boston Qualifiers will be recognized.

Timing services provided by ERunner Timing & Results.

All awards are by AWARDMAKERS located in Auburn, Indiana. Award presentation timeline will be: 5K presented at 9:00, 13.1 at 10:00 and 26.2 at noon.

Course Maps

2019 Veterans Marathon (5k)

2019 Veterans Marathon (Half Marathon)

13.17 miles / 21.10 km
USATF Certification # IN17014TDK

2019 Veterans Marathon

26.35 miles / 42.41 km
USATF Certification # IN17015TDK
Boston Qualifying course
The Marathon course will be 2 loops of the first half

Aid Stations

There are 8 aid station opportunities per lap,(16 times for the full marathon.) All aid stations will have water and lemon lime Gatorade. The aid station at mile 4 and 11 will have GU brand gels, as will the halfway point for the full marathon. Thank you to Culligan of Columbia City for donating the water.






Elevation Map

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place at Running Around Screen Printing located at 227 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City. 

Friday (November 8th) 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Packet pick up will be in downtown Columbia City from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. You may still register for races on Friday only at packet pickup.

Saturday (November 9th) 6:30am to 7:45am
Packet pick up will be available from 6:30am to 7:45am.

No race day registration for any of the races.

No switching of shirt sizes at the packet pick up. If we have extra sizes after the race, we may be able to swap your shirt. Thank you!

Around Town

Where to Sleep

Holiday Inn Express
606 Opportunity Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725 

Super 8
235 Frontage Road Columbia City, IN 46725

Quality Inn
701 West Connexion Way Columbia City, IN 46725

Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott
6021 Lima Road Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Quality Inn
1734 West Washington Center Road Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Where to Eat

There are many places in Columbia City to catch a good carb dinner the night before. Check out our downtown restaurants.

Homemade Hot Soup from Washington Center United Methodist Church Soup Group- 10:00am until it’s gone – Freewill donation – On the courthouse square.


Three Rivers Running CompanyBrooks RunningThe Columbia City Parks DepartmentAnytime Fitness of Columbia CityThe Whitley County YMCARunning Around Screen PrintingTeghtmeyer Ace HardwareJimmy John's

For information about becoming a sponsor, please contact us at 260-496-8000 or veteransmarathon@3riversrunning.com.

“In all the miles I’ve run, I’ve found a lot of fabulous friends (and myself) along the way!”

Sherrie Konkle


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