Monumental Marathon takes over Indy roads Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 10th annual Monumental Marathon is expected to attract thousands of runners and spectators to downtown Indianapolis this weekend.

If you’re planning to go downtown during the marathon, plan on utilizing the interstate because several main roads surrounding the city will be blocked or restricted starting as early as 5:30 a.m. until around 4:30 p.m.

The ability to go east and west through downtown will be limited most of Saturday. Expect backups along 38th Street and Fall Creek Parkway.

The marathon has sold out for the sixth consecutive year, with a record field size of 6,000 participants that will be taking part in one of the four events.

  • Full 26.2 mile Marathon
  • Half 13.1 mile Marathon
  • 5k Run
  • Kids Fun Run

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The course is mostly flat with a few small hills that run by the beautiful buildings and monuments in downtown Indianapolis.

Below are just a few of the locations the Monumental Marathon course will take runners past:

  • Indiana State Capitol
  • Arts Garden
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Circle Center Mall
  • Warehouse District
  • Eli Lilly
  • Monument Circle
  • Cultural Trail
  • Mass Ave District
  • Butler University
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Broad Ripple
  • State Fairgrounds

And with so many people visiting the city, Indianapolis police want runners to know they will be safe.

More than 150 uniformed officers, radio operators, and medical personnel will be looking out for any suspicious activity during the event.

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Want to follow a runner through their progress? You can do that with the Racejoy app. The app offers live phone tracking and GPS progress alerts at every mile to track whichever friend or loved one is running.

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Race Morning Schedule of Events

  • Opening Ceremonies/Official Start Location: Intersection of Capitol/Washington Streets
  • 7:30 AM – Opening Ceremonies Begin. Featured Speakers & Honorary starters include:
    • Carlton Ray, Beyond Monumental Founder
    • John Gause, President/CEO, Apex Benefits
    • Dr. James Callaghan, CEO, Franciscan Health
    • Ed Bonach, CEO, CNO Financial Group
    • Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Superintendent
  • 8:00 AM – Official Start of CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by Franciscan Health
  • 8:30 AM – Opening Ceremonies for CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K, presented by Chipotle. Featured speakers and honorary starters include:
    • Alex Allen, Chipotle Mexican Grill
    • Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Superintendent
  • 8:35 AM – Official start of CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • 8:43 AM – Opening Ceremonies for Monumental Kids Fun Run begin. Featured speakers and honorary starters include:
    • Katherine Coble, President, Beyond Monumental Board of Directors
    • Jamal Smith, IPS Athletic Director
  • 8:45 AM – Official start of CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Kids Fun Run

Finish Line Location:

  • 8:50 AM / 8:52 AM – Anticipated Male/Female 5K Winner
  • 9:03 AM / 9:12 AM – Anticipated Male/Female Half Marathon Winner
  • 10:15 AM – 10:35 AM – Anticipated Male/Female Marathon Winner

You can see a full course man for the Monumental Marathon below.




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