Inaugurated only a year ago, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon is coming round the bend again this Saturday, November 7, 2009, and promises to achieve even greater heights of success. In 2008, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon attracted nearly 3500 participants, flooding into downtown Indianapolis from six countries and 43 of the United States, not to mention a large percentage of the surrounding cities in Indiana. This year’s prediction is for upward of 5000 registrants.
The route begins and ends at the venerable Indiana State Capitol Building in the Indianapolis downtown sector, and includes a thrilling run-walk straight to the famous Indianapolis Monument Circle, with its giant Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument looming like a beacon in the center of the Circle City.
|Video highlights from the 2008 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.|
The course of the race also takes in other premier Indianapolis attractions, such as the ArtsGarden at beautiful Circle Centre Mall; Indianapolis Colts‘ home, the Lucas Oil Stadium; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Butler University; and Indianapolis cultural districts, Mass Ave, Canal Walk and Broad Ripple Village.
Undoubtedly, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon‘s locale itself will provide memories for out-of-towners for many years to come, as well as the Hoosiers who live in Indy and enjoy its beauty on a regular basis. The race is an excellent qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Also offered during the day are both male and female Half Marathons.
Indianapolis health in general and Indianapolis schools in particular benefit greatly from this fun event. Last year it generated over $25,000 in donations to Indianapolis charities related to greater Indy Public Schools.
The 2009 registration fees are $85 for the full Marathon and $70 for the Half Marathons. There are two ways to register for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. You can go to the Indiana Convention Center on Friday, November 6, between 11 am and 7 pm, or Saturday, November 7, between 6 am and 7:15 am before the Marathon. If you prefer, online registration is available until November 5.
For more information, or to register online, visit the Monumental Marathon website. Organizers of this important Indianapolis event are still calling for volunteers to help out. If you’d like to be part of the action, call Christa Petzkec at 317.407.4914.
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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2009