One of the things Circle City does really well is to support the many and varied Indianapolis charities and related Indianapolis events. This Saturday, Indy residents will patiently await the end of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon so they can drive through the busy Indianapolis downtown sector once again.
Officials say it’s not just the vehicular traffic that will be affected in the heart of the city; the bus schedules for IndyGo will put detours in place as well. The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon closes key points in downtown Indianapolis from approximately 6 am this Saturday, November 7, 2009 until an as-yet undetermined hour in the early afternoon.
A horde of some 3,000 participants, made up of Indianapolis locals, Hoosiers from other cities in Indiana and visitors from 43 United States and six countries will participate in Saturday’s marathon. Lending a hand to direct the flow of traffic around street closures will be 100 police officers. That may seem like a lot of help, but the annual Bands of America competition in the Lucas Oil Stadium downtown requires it. Bands from Plymouth, New Palestine, Terre Haute South, Orleans and north Indianapolis suburb Carmel will all be trying to get to the competition during the street closures necessitated by the marathon.
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon route, and that of the Half-Marathons, can be found by downloading the map on the marathon’s webpage here. Those who plan to attend the Bands of America competition are advised to arrive early and use the stadium’s south or west entrances. Along with the marathon route closings, South Street, Capitol Avenue and McCarty Street will be inaccessible on Saturday morning.
What with all the bustling, downtown Indianapolis should provide a lot of activity and more than a little excitement on the sidelines this Saturday, to complement the big race. The inaugural Indianapolis Monumental Marathon last year raked in more than $25,000 in donations for the greater Indianapolis education. That’s a lot of charity for very little time, an effort of good will on the parts of the participants, those who cheer them on and those who help make the entire process as smooth as possible.