Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and embark on an empowering journey surrounded by the beauty of Carmel, Indiana? The v in Carmel, on Saturday, Oct. 21, not only promises a thrilling athletic challenge but also offers the perfect opportunity for a memorable girlfriend getaway. From boutique shopping and exquisite dining to spa indulgence and creative workshops, Carmel has it all. Let's dive into how you can combine your passion for running with a weekend of relaxation, luxury, and bonding with your besties.


Race Like a Goddess

The Indiana Women's Running Festival in Carmel is not just a race; it's a celebration of strength, determination, and camaraderie among women. As you conquer the picturesque course, lined with charming streets and breathtaking landscapes, you'll be surrounded by the uplifting energy of fellow runners. The supportive atmosphere makes it an ideal event whether you're an experienced runner or taking on your first half marathon.



Boutique Shopping in Carmel Arts & Design District and City Center

Before and after the race, indulge in some retail therapy with your girlfriends in Carmel’s charming Arts & Design District and City Center. Explore unique boutiques, art galleries, and artisan shops that showcase the creativity and craftsmanship of the local community. From trendy clothing and accessories to one-of-a-kind home décor items, you're sure to find treasures that will remind you of this special getaway.


Elevated Dining for Every Palate

Carmel boasts a culinary scene that's as diverse as it is exquisite. After the race, treat yourself and your girlfriends to a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds. Start your day with a sumptuous brunch at Eggshell Bistro, known for its creative twists on classic dishes. For lunch, Garden Table offers a menu brimming with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that will invigorate your senses.

Savor a delectable charcuterie cup for an appetizer at 317 Charcuterie, where artisanal cheeses and cured meats come together in a delightful symphony. For dinner, head to divvy, a modern eatery that specializes in shareable plates, perfect for sharing stories and laughter.

And for the sweetest ending to your culinary journey, don't miss out on The Cake Bake Shop’s delectable desserts that are as visually stunning as they are scrumptious. Cap off the evening with a toast to friendship at 3UPPeace Water Winery, Sugar Creek Winery or Wine & Rind, where the ambiance and libations are equally enchanting.


Relaxation and Pampering

After the race and days of exploration, it's time to unwind and pamper yourselves. Carmel's spas include The Imperial Spa, Kurr Aesthetics & Med SpaRenova Aesthetics and Woodhouse Day Spa. Enjoy a haven of relaxation, where you can indulge in massages, facials, and other rejuvenating treatments. Let the skilled therapists melt away your post-race tension, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.


Unleash Your Creativity

As part of your girlfriend getaway, engage in a creative workshop that will add a touch of personalization to your experience. Participate in a candlemaking session at Penn & Beech Candle Co. Get hands-on with scents, colors, and designs as you craft your own custom candles—a unique memento of your time in Carmel.


The Women’s Half Marathon in Carmel, Indiana, isn't just a race; it's a holistic experience that combines athletic achievement with indulgent relaxation and unforgettable moments with friends. So, lace up, gather your girlfriends, and make your way to Carmel for a weekend that celebrates your strength, unity, and the joy of crossing that finish line together.