Overall Rating
Overall Rating (106 Reviews)
4.5
(106 Ratings)(106 Reviews)
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Now one of the 15 largest marathons in the US, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is the ideal fall marathon for everyone from the first time marathon runner to elite athletes. Starting and finishing at the Indiana State Capitol, the course highlights landmarks and historical neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis. Nationally recognized as … MORE
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    jmpeter2 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Fast course well ran race will be back again well supported course nice metals need to run 2 more years to complete series definitely bq qualifier course MORE

    Fast course well ran race will be back again well supported course nice metals need to run 2 more years to complete series definitely bq qualifier course

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    pacerpeter REPEAT RUNNER '19

    If you had to pick one race for a PR, it’s this one. Super flat and typically perfect weather (not too hot and not too cold). Nice course that runs … MORE

    If you had to pick one race for a PR, it’s this one. Super flat and typically perfect weather (not too hot and not too cold). Nice course that runs through downtown Indy. I was pacing the 3:55 full and came in perfectly at 3:54:33!

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    meghancraven FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was a relatively easy race, as far as the course. I enjoyed the start/finish area. It was VERY cold at the finish line at the time I finished. It … MORE

    It was a relatively easy race, as far as the course. I enjoyed the start/finish area. It was VERY cold at the finish line at the time I finished. It was difficult to find a place to catch my breath & some heat at the finish line.

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    jamiedaisy25 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Indy monumental is a beautiful, flat fall race with lots of crowd support! It’s very organized and smooth. This will for sure be an annual run for me! MORE

    Indy monumental is a beautiful, flat fall race with lots of crowd support! It’s very organized and smooth. This will for sure be an annual run for me!

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    zena FIRST-TIMER '19

    Well organized run. I would suggest to wear clothing that you usually run in while you train for the race. Do not get new shoes for the race, it is … MORE

    Well organized run.
    I would suggest to wear clothing that you usually run in while you train for the race. Do not get new shoes for the race, it is not a great place to break them in.
    Relax your breathing and enjoy.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The weekend starts with a fabulous expo. Fantastic and flat half marathon with a lot of support. Great wave start and fabulous finish line. Absolutely love the 4 year medal … MORE

    The weekend starts with a fabulous expo. Fantastic and flat half marathon with a lot of support. Great wave start and fabulous finish line. Absolutely love the 4 year medal series. This is a race I do not miss every year

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    petermerante REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have run the Monumental 7-8 years in a row and one of the best things about it is that they improve on various facets every year. Marketing, Expo and … MORE

    I have run the Monumental 7-8 years in a row and one of the best things about it is that they improve on various facets every year. Marketing, Expo and Packet pickup, course start, water stations and support, to the finish and the post race environment – every year they strive to make it better and IMM delivers!

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    mig02as REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've ran this race for the past 4 years and plan to run till I no longer can. The early November race is prime to put your summer miles to … MORE

    I’ve ran this race for the past 4 years and plan to run till I no longer can. The early November race is prime to put your summer miles to the test. The weather has been agreeable, but that is always subject to change. There is plenty of community support; drum lines, dj’s, live bands, and more. There are plenty of pacers from the Olympic qualifying standard to 6 hrs. Along with half marathon pacers. The post race area has plenty of space blankets, snacks, and hats for each distance. After the race, go to the YMCA that you passed at mile 2 and enjoy a free shower. This is a race that shouldn’t be passed over.

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    tracey_fish FIRST-TIMER '19

    The weather was rough! However, pre and post race they had lots of accommodations to help. They bext expo I have been to. Everyone was extremely helpful. I was very … MORE

    The weather was rough! However, pre and post race they had lots of accommodations to help. They bext expo I have been to. Everyone was extremely helpful. I was very intimidated being my first time and only my3rd ever. I met the nicest people at the expo and after. One lady even went out of her way to find me post race to congratulate me. Definitely will run this race again!

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    thewotts REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Very well run, well laid out through many neighborhoods and an excellent finish. Highly recommended! Perfect time of year for this race in early November. Many Olympic qualifiers as a … MORE

    Very well run, well laid out through many neighborhoods and an excellent finish.
    Highly recommended!
    Perfect time of year for this race in early November. Many Olympic qualifiers as a result of the 2019 race.

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    11rwrueff REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Monumental Half Marathon is our favorite fall race. It’s a solid course if you’re looking to PR regardless of full or half distance. The organization puts on a great … MORE

    The Monumental Half Marathon is our favorite fall race. It’s a solid course if you’re looking to PR regardless of full or half distance. The organization puts on a great weekend for all runners and shows why Indianapolis is THE Racing Capital of the World. We look forward to running it every fall and then cheering on friends who run the full.

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    crystalotter1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I really enjoyed this race....so much so that I’m coming back in November to run my very first full marathon!!! This course is flat which helped me achieve my PR … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race….so much so that I’m coming back in November to run my very first full marathon!!! This course is flat which helped me achieve my PR for my half. As with most races, the atmosphere is wonderful and keeps you pumped up the entire race. I would highly recommend running any race the Monumental has to offer.

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    carmicle00 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is an amazing race to do for your first marathon. It’s so good I kept coming back. This year was my 5th year. Love it! It’s a very well … MORE

    This is an amazing race to do for your first marathon. It’s so good I kept coming back. This year was my 5th year. Love it! It’s a very well run event. Expo is great. Registration is easy and so is packet pickup.

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    mally2489 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time running in the Indy Monumental and completing my first half marathon. It was an unbelievable experience! Everything was properly planned out. Roads were clearly marked, … MORE

    This was my first time running in the Indy Monumental and completing my first half marathon. It was an unbelievable experience! Everything was properly planned out. Roads were clearly marked, water stations were plentiful, and the volunteers were exceptional. There was an amazing atmosphere between the racers, spectators, and volunteers. There are so many people cheering you on and encouraging you along the way. It was very uplifting and made me proud of my city. I would absolutely encourage anyone to participate in this race and I look forward to participating again to beat my time.

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    eugenerunner61 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Indy Monumental is a well run event and a great flat & fast course to get a BQ at, or to just get a great run in. 2019 was … MORE

    The Indy Monumental is a well run event and a great flat & fast course to get a BQ at, or to just get a great run in. 2019 was my 4th time running Indy, but my first time as an official pacer for the 1:45 Half marathon group. I had a blast pacing this run, and hope to do it again next year! We finished 15 seconds under our goal time! A few of the runners in our group also had new PR’s! So fun!
    You will be very happy that you chose to run the Indy Monumental!

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    jessica_lomax72 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Flat and fast course! The weather is nice and cool and great for PR’s. Easy and organized packet pickup. I didn’t like the design of the shirt personally, but it … MORE

    Flat and fast course! The weather is nice and cool and great for PR’s. Easy and organized packet pickup. I didn’t like the design of the shirt personally, but it happens. Loved being able to stay warm in the convention center before the race and after. Organized start so I was not forced to dodge a bunch of people. Great volunteers and spectators! In addition to a really nice medal you get a finishers hat. I would have liked more official merchandise specifically for the half marathon. I don’t want to wear anything that just says marathon when I didn’t run it. Overall I would definitely recommend!

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    FormerFatGirl REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race truly improves every single year!!! This is my sixth year running (I think), but I always plan my fall races around the Monumental. For the Indpls area, there … MORE

    This race truly improves every single year!!! This is my sixth year running (I think), but I always plan my fall races around the Monumental. For the Indpls area, there is no better race.

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    carolyn.petredis REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I love this race so much I've run it twice and have signed up for a 3rd go at it in 2020. I've run large marathons (Chicago, Disney, Boston), and … MORE

    I love this race so much I’ve run it twice and have signed up for a 3rd go at it in 2020. I’ve run large marathons (Chicago, Disney, Boston), and small one (Indy, Louisiana) and Indy is as well managed as any of the Marathon Majors races. There are a lot of spectators along the course, it’s flat, the weather tends to be ideal (knock on wood) and getting a hotel nearby is super easy (and won’t break the bank). There are a large amount of water stops and bathrooms along the Marathon route, almost more than I needed but I would rather have more than less. The expo and race shirts and swag leave something to be desired, as does the finish line party, but that’s really the only set of things I could say… and those things truly don’t matter as much IMHO. Once you run this race, you’ll wonder why people pay so much for the really big races that are usually logistical nightmares.

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    nkrusic REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I did this race with another runner. It started out as a real bottleneck and we wasted a lot of energy getting into a rhythm. It was a lot of … MORE

    I did this race with another runner. It started out as a real bottleneck and we wasted a lot of energy getting into a rhythm. It was a lot of cement roads (which we are not used to running on) and we kept a good pace going until mile 21 when the bottom fell out. Swag was very non exciting. This is an opportunity for races to advertise their event! A fun shirt will get me asking questions about an event. The best part of the run was coming around toward the end looking up at the capital and having good music even for us slow runners at the end — it was nice. At the finish line we were given a beanie hat — a nice touch as throwaways were long gone and it was cool out. Getting to the gear check with the barriers and steps was a little tricky too, but again, I think it was just all the cement. I didn’t pay much for the race because I registered early, but would have been a little disappointed overall had I paid more.

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    bones8641 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is nice, flat, and fast. It was cold in November. The swag needed to be alittle more. Entertainment was everywhere. It was a good run MORE

    The course is nice, flat, and fast. It was cold in November. The swag needed to be alittle more. Entertainment was everywhere. It was a good run

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