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Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
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(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
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Now one of the 20 largest marathon’s 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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    FormerFatGirl REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Second time running this race and will absolutely run it again in the future. Maybe I like this race because I got PR's both times. I enjoy the expo (nice … MORE

    Second time running this race and will absolutely run it again in the future. Maybe I like this race because I got PR’s both times. I enjoy the expo (nice size for this race), the amount of participants, the bling (featured monuments) and the volunteers (especially at the finish line). The course is enjoyable as it takes you around the visitor sights in the city.

    My only con is the lack of corrals. I was lucky enough to qualify to be placed this year, but if not the back is a mess. You know the drill…the people that want to be in the way at the front of the pack.

    Besides that…a VERY enjoyable race.

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    I went to the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon as a part of a reunion with a charity I work with. I really enjoyed the entire weekend. Expo: nice-sized expo for … MORE

    I went to the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon as a part of a reunion with a charity I work with. I really enjoyed the entire weekend.

    Expo: nice-sized expo for the race. Free poster with the names of all participants on it in small print. Limited samples at the expo booths. Nice assortment of vendors and race booths with discounts for registration.

    The race has a pasta dinner. I did not go. It was in heated tents outdoors. Friends that went said it got chilly, and they ran out of some food and plasticware.

    Swag: Loved the race shirt. Excellent design and fit. Great medal. Nice finisher’s hat (perfect for cold weather running). The race also provides a discount booklet for discounts in the area for race participants.

    Pre-race: if it is cold outside, you can keep warm (and go to the bathroom) inside the convention center. The race corrals are organized by pace. I started back further than I normally would because I wanted to take the race slower and enjoy the neighborhoods.

    Course: very flat and fast. A little congested at the beginning but that’s to be expected with the sheer size of the race. Race thins out as the miles go on and the half and full marathon split. The course went through some night neighborhoods, went past the historic war monuments of Indy (hence the race name), took us by the Children’s Museum, and some of the cool hip urban business areas of Indy. Watch the road surfaces- there are a lot of potholes in certain areas, and the brick section by the monuments is uneven and possibly slippery if it rains (we saw a couple of people trip on loose/uneven bricks). Aide stations and on-course support is excellent. Family/friends have several opportunities to see you and cheer you on throughout the race. Traffic/car control was excellent.

    Post-race: great finish line, amazing immediate support and food from volunteers, finisher’s hat. Post-race food had bananas, cookies, chocolate milk, electrolytes, and a heated tent with chili.

    Parking: can be tricky- the race was on the same weekend as an Indianapolis Colt home game, so hotels and parking spots filled up quickly. If you are not staying in a walking-distance hotel, use one of the local paid parking spot services.

    Overall a fantastic race and I a glad I did it for my Indiana state race. You can tell this is a race that the whole community rallies behind, especially as it is a nonprofit event that supports many local charities. I definitely recommend this event. If you are visiting the area- make a weekend out of it. Do a tour, visit the Indy 500 Speedway, the Indianapolis Zoo, and enjoy all the great restaurants there.

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    kathyj46217 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a great race - 5K, half or full marathon. Scenic course through the city and a class production all around. Love the medals, hats. Extra swag available for … MORE

    This is a great race – 5K, half or full marathon. Scenic course through the city and a class production all around. Love the medals, hats. Extra swag available for purchase. Great warm up area in the convention center. Big expo. My favorite!

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    JPLubinski FIRST-TIMER '15

    Fun race! Is it easy? No, it's a marathon... But there's lots to look at, and a lot of people out cheering you on. Make sure you pee before you … MORE

    Fun race! Is it easy? No, it’s a marathon… But there’s lots to look at, and a lot of people out cheering you on.
    Make sure you pee before you start, not a lot of port-a-potties along the course.

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    joshm367 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Great option for fall marathon. Probably the fastest course and competition in the Midwest next to Chicago and much cheaper overall than Chicago. Much better chance for good marathon weather … MORE

    Great option for fall marathon. Probably the fastest course and competition in the Midwest next to Chicago and much cheaper overall than Chicago. Much better chance for good marathon weather in the beginning of November than in October. I would recommend to anyone from new runner to competitive racer.

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    perryhovermale REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I’ve been racing the Monumental since I first started running. It’s my “home” marathon, and the organizers really put their whole heart into making it an event for the participants … MORE

    I’ve been racing the Monumental since I first started running. It’s my “home” marathon, and the organizers really put their whole heart into making it an event for the participants to be proud of!
    Definitely a must-run.

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    pinkzx14 FIRST-TIMER '14

    This race is known for its flat track and it really is incredibly flat, which is great for keeping a fast pace. I think it is a great race for … MORE

    This race is known for its flat track and it really is incredibly flat, which is great for keeping a fast pace. I think it is a great race for beginners. I ran it again in 2015, both years on my company team. I don’t know about running it in the future because it is typically pretty cold, with the race always being the first Saturday in November. I would say that’s the only drawback to that race and likely makes a lot of people shy away from entering.

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    thornd REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I love the fans along the route! They are everywhere and definitely keep you going! Such a positive atmosphere and I will always run this half as long as I … MORE

    I love the fans along the route! They are everywhere and definitely keep you going! Such a positive atmosphere and I will always run this half as long as I am able!

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    amyjorob FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a very nice race! Well run, great course, flat with almost no hills. It's very busy though so be prepared to run in a large group that just … MORE

    This is a very nice race! Well run, great course, flat with almost no hills. It’s very busy though so be prepared to run in a large group that just doesn’t really disperse as much as I would have like it to. Had a fire truck disrupt me at mile 9 so my timing chip didn’t get my 10 mile mark time. The weather can be iffy this time of year but in 2015 it was perfect weather!!!!

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    bluelawmike FIRST-TIMER '15

    I really enjoyed the Indianapolis Monumental half marathon. The course was an interesting tour through downtown Indianapolis and to its north. The race stared and finished near the state Capital … MORE

    I really enjoyed the Indianapolis Monumental half marathon. The course was an interesting tour through downtown Indianapolis and to its north. The race stared and finished near the state Capital building and went past the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. I had a couple of small problems with the race. The first was the lack or a vegan/vegetarian chili option for race finishers. I realize this is Indiana and most Hoosiers eat meat, but more and more endurance athletes both world class and back-of-the-packers like me are turning away from meat. I think the race should make sure there is a vegan chili option this year. My other problem had to do with traffic. I realize closing streets in to and out of downtown for hours on end can be a nightmare, but I found at times racers and cars were too close for comfort on Meridian Street as we headed back toward downtown. It would take just one frustrated driver to take his/her road rage out on a group of runners, thus ruining the race forever. Despite my complaints, I plan to return in 2016 and complete the marathon.

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    kimmyanne_777 FIRST-TIMER '14

    It's a fast, flat course. I ran past a lot of downtown Indianapolis landmarks and through some nice neighborhoods. Beautiful course. Plenty of water stops. MORE

    It’s a fast, flat course. I ran past a lot of downtown Indianapolis landmarks and through some nice neighborhoods. Beautiful course. Plenty of water stops.

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    RunDavid FIRST-TIMER '15

    This course is very flat. Lots to see as you are running. Once the half marathoners peel off (usually around mile 7-8) it's clear sailing and not very congested. MORE

    This course is very flat. Lots to see as you are running. Once the half marathoners peel off (usually around mile 7-8) it’s clear sailing and not very congested.

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    Xcmark1 REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Very well run race. Perfect time of year to run a marathon. The city of Indianapolis knows how to put on large events and it shows with this race. The … MORE

    Very well run race. Perfect time of year to run a marathon. The city of Indianapolis knows how to put on large events and it shows with this race. The course starts at the state capital building, goes by Lucas Oil Stadium, around Monument Circle! By the state fair grounds, through Broad Ripple, by the Art Museum, through Butler Univerisy and othe places before heading into down town and finishing in front of the capital building. Very flat course.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '14

    This race is normally held in the beginning of November in Indianapolis, which means you're all but guaranteed cool to cold temperatures. The course is flat with many long, uninterrupted … MORE

    This race is normally held in the beginning of November in Indianapolis, which means you’re all but guaranteed cool to cold temperatures. The course is flat with many long, uninterrupted stretches of road to keep your legs moving quickly. It begins in the city, then gradually stretches out towards urban neighborhoods and local landmarks. It was surprisingly pretty, with many of these sections flush with trees shedding the last of their autumn colors. Though not 100% flat (there are a few hills in the middle), this course is perfect for a PR attempt. I ran it with a tight, rebellious IT band and still somehow pulled a 3:22, even with strong winds and frigid temperatures. In 40-degree perfection, this could be a BQ for anyone.

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    vtsmith REPEAT RUNNER '09

    This was my last sub 4 hour marathon. I experienced a mild heart attack 45 minutes after finishing this race due to dehydration. Two nights in Indy hospital. The Indy … MORE

    This was my last sub 4 hour marathon. I experienced a mild heart attack 45 minutes after finishing this race due to dehydration. Two nights in Indy hospital. The Indy Hospital took really good care of me.

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