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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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    ktcomisar FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course was really easy. Straight up and back. Really flat. Loved running by all the cool monuments. Finisher gift of a stocking hat was awesome! MORE

    Course was really easy. Straight up and back. Really flat. Loved running by all the cool monuments. Finisher gift of a stocking hat was awesome!

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    elladams REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Race organization is amazing - first year all three races sold out early (marathon, half, and 5k) but the wave-start helped keep crowd under control where I was. The proceeds … MORE

    Race organization is amazing – first year all three races sold out early (marathon, half, and 5k) but the wave-start helped keep crowd under control where I was. The proceeds from the race goes to public schools in Indpls – which is great and I think it should! – but it would be nice if the city could get around to repaving some of the roads. Potholes galore and I’m sure these are the same holes from when I started running this race in 2012. Scenery is nice but there are definitely spots where spectator support is zero – so be prepared to get lost in your thoughts. Water stops are plentiful and the finish line is well-organized with water, gatorade, banana, cookie, a beanie/hat, chips, mylar wrap, awesome medal, and a recovery tent with pizza. Runners who also participated in the Indy Half at Fort Ben the previous month could pick up their additional medal and/or charm, along with a bonus long-sleeve tech T for their accomplishment. Oh … and I got a PR! BOOM!

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    cvinci FIRST-TIMER '19

    Well organized race. Great medal. Nice expo although almost every race represented was on the same two dates in April/May in direct competition with Indy's other large races. Mile markers … MORE

    Well organized race. Great medal. Nice expo although almost every race represented was on the same two dates in April/May in direct competition with Indy’s other large races. Mile markers were rare. Pre-paid parking through SpotHero works great.

    Oh … and running your first three halfs ever within 7 weeks probably isn’t the best idea. (As I realize that my next three are also within 7 or 8 weeks).

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    drjorobinson FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is the easiest, most hassle-free marathon of the 9 I’ve done! If you can, stay in a downtown hotel because then you can walk to the expo, restaurants, and … MORE

    This is the easiest, most hassle-free marathon of the 9 I’ve done! If you can, stay in a downtown hotel because then you can walk to the expo, restaurants, and the start/finish lines. I started running only 10 minutes after leaving my nice warm hotel. The expo is a nice size and Deena Kastor was very accessible. The shirt was not attractive, but the official merchandise for sale was quite nice. The finishers’ beanie is cute. The medal is substantial, but the design had an odd missing corner that was meant to match up with three other medals that you could get if you do a whole series of Indy races. The weather was cold and a bit breezy, but this is generally good for producing fast times. The crowd was sparse compared to a big city race, but they were enthusiastic and definitely showed up at the finish line. The race officials and volunteers were excellent. The course is surprisingly interesting and varied. The roads were not in great shape, making it necessary to watch your step throughout. Overall, I recommend this very highly for the flat and fast course, great fall weather, and the ease of dealing with race weekend logistics. It leaves you free to focus on running fast!

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    CaioLopes FIRST-TIMER '19

    I read about the race last year in a running magazine in Brazil, my home country. Since I am in the States every year for a few months, I thought … MORE

    I read about the race last year in a running magazine in Brazil, my home country. Since I am in the States every year for a few months, I thought about give it a try, as they announce it as the Top 15 Marathons in the country. The race itself was amazing, well organized and pretty flat, not to mention the nice scenery we saw while running. Despite the cold weather, I would definitely do it again!

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    osborne_kaitlin FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a great course to get a PR on! There were hardly any hills and the weather was perfect for running. I did not care for the t-shirt design … MORE

    This is a great course to get a PR on! There were hardly any hills and the weather was perfect for running. I did not care for the t-shirt design or material but the atmosphere and spectators were awesome! I will definitely run in Indianapolis again.

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    TheWittyKnit REPEAT RUNNER '19

    2019 is the first year the Monumental Marathon was sold out across all distances. However, thanks to the amazing group of volunteers and race officials, the races and expo all … MORE

    2019 is the first year the Monumental Marathon was sold out across all distances. However, thanks to the amazing group of volunteers and race officials, the races and expo all ran very smoothly! All race communications were timely and clear, the response times were fast for any questions—a very well-executed race, despite the sell-out race size! And the Indianapolis spectators were incredibly encouraging and enthusiastic, more so than I’ve experienced in any other marathon.

    The course itself is a beautiful tour around Indianapolis in the fall, and the spots along the White River and through the Woodstock Club grounds were beautiful! The course was nearly pancake-flat, which is always a bonus for tired legs. The medals, shirts, and hats were nice, and of good quality. The post-race band was fun, and I enjoyed hanging out in the Beer Gardens to listen with a Sun King beer in hand! This is my go-to marathon, and they put on another great race in 2019…already looking forward to next year!

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Live the Monumental every year. It was a challenging day because it was so cold but I love running through downtown Indy. There are spectators throughout most of the route … MORE

    Live the Monumental every year. It was a challenging day because it was so cold but I love running through downtown Indy. There are spectators throughout most of the route which is fun too.

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    rutowskis1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I was super excited for this race and for the most part, it delivered. It was as flat and fast as described and while the weather was cold, I found … MORE

    I was super excited for this race and for the most part, it delivered. It was as flat and fast as described and while the weather was cold, I found it to be perfect running weather. The first weekend in November is a great time for an Indianapolis race. This year it was sold out, which was awesome but the course was extremely overcrowded until the half-marathoners split off. Even after that, it seemed pretty congested for a while. The race directors cannot control this but there were a ton of potholes in the roads that made it dangerous for the ankles. The expo was not great and the course was not well supported. Miles 20-25 were terribly quiet and boring, right when you need the most support. The pace group leader for the 3:30 goal time did not run consistently and went out extremely fast. It was difficult to keep up while he weaved in and out of people. The city of Indianapolis is absolutely beautiful with great monuments. They advertised the race well throughout the city. Overall, it was a good experience and an excellent place to attempt to PR and/or qualify for Boston!

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    BrianYowler FIRST-TIMER '18

    Monumental is a nice race that's relatively flat and potentially fast. The course is not all that interesting. It's simply a loop through the neighborhoods of Indy. It's well organized … MORE

    Monumental is a nice race that’s relatively flat and potentially fast. The course is not all that interesting. It’s simply a loop through the neighborhoods of Indy. It’s well organized and worth running. However, it’s not a destination race, unless you are doing 50 states.

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    shanep240 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first time doing the Monumental Half and I loved it. It’s my new favorite course. Can’t wait to do it next year and each year after that. … MORE

    This was my first time doing the Monumental Half and I loved it. It’s my new favorite course. Can’t wait to do it next year and each year after that.

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The monumental is my favorite race. You get to run past great downtown locations and there are people along the course most of the way cheering. Really enjoyable. MORE

    The monumental is my favorite race. You get to run past great downtown locations and there are people along the course most of the way cheering. Really enjoyable.

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    TheWittyKnit FIRST-TIMER '18

    I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take … MORE

    I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take in scenic views. The trees had exploded into riotous fall colors, and it was beautiful to run through some of the scenic neighborhoods amidst the reds and yellows and oranges of the season.

    The race is well-organized, and they are very informative with their pre-race information. The race festival for packet pick-up has a ton of vendors, and there’s something for everyone. The race had great volunteers with lots of water stops (endurance gels and bananas were offered towards the higher mile markers, as well).

    I would recommend this race to anyone whose training gets them ready for any of the Fall full or half-marathons. There is good swag (I wear my Monumental beanie hat for all of my cold-weather runs,) and ample food available afterwards. I’m already signed up to run this year’s full!

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    jianwang2019 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Very rough payment and huge potholes in a lot of areas. As a result, I injured my feet and leg. Other than the poor road condition, it was not bad. MORE

    Very rough payment and huge potholes in a lot of areas. As a result, I injured my feet and leg. Other than the poor road condition, it was not bad.

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    melaniemosher REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a great race for first-timers and elite athletes! The race is very well-organized, the expo is great, and the course is flat and fast. There are plenty of … MORE

    This is a great race for first-timers and elite athletes! The race is very well-organized, the expo is great, and the course is flat and fast. There are plenty of spectators along the way, and you run through many of the unique Indianapolis neighborhoods from downtown to Broad Ripple to Butler to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The weather is typically in the upper 30s at the start but in the mid-50s by the finish, so perfect weather for racing a marathon. There could be rain or snow, but the past few years have been partly cloudy to mostly sunny.

    There are plenty of aid stations and inspirational signs along the way (especially at mile 20). Tip: you or someone else can draw a sign at the expo that will be on display at mile 20 – it’s great to see some motivation when you need it the most.

    I highly recommend this race – it’s a great one to do whether you’re local or coming from far away!

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    nickiruns77 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Indy Monumental marathon is one I highly recommend. The course is large enough to accommodate the volume of runners (even prior to the half marathon split), runs around some … MORE

    The Indy Monumental marathon is one I highly recommend. The course is large enough to accommodate the volume of runners (even prior to the half marathon split), runs around some nice neighborhoods and interesting sights, and allows for you to see landmarks near the finish from a good distance so you can visually see when you are in the final mile. The other runners were friendly, and a few bands play music to cheer you on so running the course is pleasant. Also helps that it is pretty darn flat.

    The race management is very good. At the last minute, President Trump decided to stay at a hotel within a block of the finish line on race day and information regarding additional street closures and updates were professionally and promptly dispersed to runners.

    The race t-shirt was printed in the colors of the Indianapolis flag & in my opinion was a bit ugly & gaudy. The beanie cap they hand out at the finish line was nice & they had a lot of nice race swag for sale at the expo.

    I might be biased as I PR’d, but with the great course and great running weather at that time of year, its a race I highly recommend.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 22, 2019 at 7:16pm

    Congrats on the PR, Nicole! 🙌 Fingers crossed you're on a trajectory to chase a BQ. Sounds like an entertaining course — I read that Indianapolis is second only to… MORE

    Congrats on the PR, Nicole! 🙌 Fingers crossed you're on a trajectory to chase a BQ. Sounds like an entertaining course — I read that Indianapolis is second only to DC for its number of monuments and memorials. And Indy Monumental sounds better and better with every review I read. Thanks for a great recap and good luck with your training for Illinois, hope you'll come back and let us know how it goes! LESS

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    cassidymegan3 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my 26th full marathon. I trained my butt off in the summer in Central Florida for the Berlin Marathon with the hopes to BQ and race day was … MORE

    This was my 26th full marathon. I trained my butt off in the summer in Central Florida for the Berlin Marathon with the hopes to BQ and race day was a disaster, so as soon as I got home, I registered for this… then 5 days later, they changed the qualifying times again and I said, “you know what? Go enjoy it and get another state on your list.”
    I…LOVED…THIS…RACE! I loved it. As a Midwesterner who’s been in Florida for the past 13 years, it was so nice to be back to “autumn.” I know that race directors have no control over the weather but it was absolutely perfect: I think that it was in the upper 30ºs F at the race start. The sun was shining, the leaves were changing, the neighbors were out cheering us on. I had a blast. I started with the 3:45 pacer and had to use the portapotty (even though I did less than an hour before the start) and I could not catch back up to him. Oh well. I still PR’d by a whole 11 seconds, but I loved the course and a PR is a PR.
    The expo was very nice. Lots of vendors. Lots of small “mom & pop” boutique-y type of vendors which I always like to see. Unfortunately, I flew in and flew out with a carry-on bag only so I couldn’t get a lot. I did get the poster, though, and it was weird because my sisters did not run this race but all 3 of our names were on the poster and printed – not alphabetically – but in the order in which we were born. I thought that was awesome.
    I was fortunate to get an Air BnB close enough to the start and finish so I walked there in the morning and was pleased to see that there were plenty of portapotties and the nice warm hotel lobby to sit in while we waited for the start. I was positioned in corral A but made my way back to B because I could tell that I was not where I should have been.
    The water stops were well-stocked and well-manned. I loved the “rolling hills” (for a Florida girl, all hills are rolling hills.) It was just such a beautiful course. I wish that I would have written this sooner but I’m sure that I would have been gushing even more about it. I was so happy that there were a lot of marathoners on the course – I hate lonely marathons. Oh! Such a good race. I tell all of my friends that they need to run this one. It might not be glamorous like NYC, Vegas, or Chicago but if you actually want to accomplish a goal, Indy is the place to do it. Bravo and well-done race directors!
    P.S. I love my hat and I get a lot of compliments on the star on the sleeve of the shirt (as if I designed it. ☺)

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 18, 2019 at 9:21pm

    And I loved... this... review! Awesome recap Megan, I've heard folks rave about Indy Monumental, but you articulate it so well and your passion for the race shines through. Congrats… MORE

    And I loved... this... review! Awesome recap Megan, I've heard folks rave about Indy Monumental, but you articulate it so well and your passion for the race shines through. Congrats on the PR! Bummer about your BQ timing, that's some awful luck (and I can relate, as a Boston squeaker whose first BQ attempt back in 2014 was likewise in Berlin)... but one day that timing will be on your side, and you'll get it done. Thanks again for your excellent review, and best of luck in your BQ quest — hope to follow your future racing adventures here on the site! LESS

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    FormerFatGirl REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The fact I stay up until midnight every New Year’s Eve to register is proof enough!!! There’s no negotiation when scheduling fall races...this one has to fit into the schedule!! … MORE

    The fact I stay up until midnight every New Year’s Eve to register is proof enough!!! There’s no negotiation when scheduling fall races…this one has to fit into the schedule!! The race is very well organized and the course is MUCH better than that “other” Indpls race. They have added corrals which was my only complaint in the past. Volunteers are awesome and course support is there. I think the nicest touch this year was I had a gentleman congratulate me at the finish line…to find out it was the race founder. Where else do you find that??? DON’T MISS THIS RACE!!!

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    lrlefever FIRST-TIMER '18

    I earned nearly a 9.5 minute PR running this race (previous at Chicago) & qualified for Boston with their new standard times this year. Monumental is a phenomenal race! I … MORE

    I earned nearly a 9.5 minute PR running this race (previous at Chicago) & qualified for Boston with their new standard times this year. Monumental is a phenomenal race! I have done both the half and full now and both races show off the best parts of Indianapolis. It is the perfect time of year to race in Indiana as well. 2016 & 2018 both had dream weather in my book. A few small hills here & there but mostly flat. Very accurate pacing group that I ran with for the first 15 miles. November 3, 2018 couldn’t have been better!

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    It’s the best race to run! There’s sooo much support along the race. Everyone who ran the race was so nice and friendly. The aid stations were great. Everything was … MORE

    It’s the best race to run! There’s sooo much support along the race. Everyone who ran the race was so nice and friendly. The aid stations were great. Everything was mapped out and organized properly! The water and Gatorade was good. I loved my medal! I will be back next year to get another PR!!!

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