Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Inc.
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.
A talented group of civic-minded individuals with backgrounds in event management, sales, engineering, local government operations, education and charitable giving are developing a national destination marathon and half marathon in downtown Indianapolis.
Our core goals include:
- Educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living.
- Combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency by promoting health, physical fitness and wellness in the Indianapolis community.
- Utilizing proceeds from fund raising activities, specifically a marathon, to fund charities whose missions are consistent with the other purposes of this corporation.
With the help of our participants, sponsors and volunteers, we have donated more than $825,000 to Indianapolis Public School Charities.
Board of Directors
CARLTON RAY - IMM FounderDirector, Washington D.C. Clean Rivers Project
Carlton has nearly 30 years of engineering management and leadership experience in both the public and private engineering sectors including currently leading the development and implementation of DC Water's $2.6 Billion Clean Rivers Project. Carlton also worked with the Indianapolis DPW, including leading a technical team that successfully developed and negotiated a $1.8 Billion consent decree between the City of Indianapolis, USEPA and the IDEM that addresses raw sewage overflows in Indianapolis.
Carlton is an avid marathoner (completed 28 marathons in US and Europe) and cyclist.
He is the proud father of three wonderful daughters and grandfather of Amadeus. He attends North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
KATHERINE COBLE - IMM PresidentPrincipal, Borshoff
RANDY YUST - IMM TreasurerCOO/CFO IU Health North Hospital
DOUG BALOGHAssociate Director, Navigant Consulting
|Victor Bush||Behavior Consultant, MSD of Lawrence Township, Division of Exceptional Learners|
|Jeff Gibson||Partner, Cohen & Malad, LLC|
|Eric Johnson||Chief Investment Officer, CNO Financial Group & President 40|86 Advisors, Inc|
|John McIlvried||Professor, University of Indianapolis|
|Quincy Sauer||Attorney, Macey Swanson and Allman|
|Bill Shrewsberry||President/CEO, Shrewsberry & Associates|
|John R. Stille||Senior Clinical Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company|
|Hope Tribble||Director, Office of Audit & Performance, City of Indianapolis|
|Jim Obermaier||President, Jenner Group|
|Michelle Gough McKeown||General Counsel, Indiana Charter School Board|
Blake brings a decade of coaching knowledge and experience as an elite runner to the IMM. He comes to Indianapolis from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the head cross country coach for the men's and women's programs. At Penn he was also the Coordinator for the Men's Olympic Development Mile and led a crew of officials for the Penn Relays, the world's largest and oldest annual track and field meet. Also while in Philadelphia Blake became involved with the Children's Crisis Treatment Center, a local not-for-profit organization, serving on the Executive Committee of the Friends of CcTC and as the honorary coach for Team CcTC. While coaching collegiately, he worked with four future Olympians, multiple national champions and numerous All-Americans. As an elite athlete he competed in events ranging from the 1500 to the half marathon, finishing in the top 10 in the U.S. four times.
Blake grew up in Osceola, Iowa and in 2007 became only the third Iowa native to run a sub 4:00 mile. In addition to coaching, he also taught high school and middle school math while pursuing his own athletic career. He has written for Running Times and contributed to Runners' World and Fitness Magazine.
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has seen exceptional growth under Blake's guidance and continues to make strides as a not-for-profit benefiting local public education.
Don Carr of Tuxedo Brothers who has over 25 years of race management experience. Don is currently race director of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure.
Don has directed over 1,000 races of all distances. A few other notable events that Don directs each year are: Big Ten Hoops 5K, Outrun The Sun, Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series, Tri Indy, Freedom Run, Drumstick Dash and Jingle Bell Run.
Don and his wife Robin live in Zionsville with their two sons Alex and Jackson their dog Luke and cat Pookie.
Casey joined the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in August of 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a volunteer assistant for men's and women's cross country and track programs. Prior to his time at PENN he was the graduate assistant for men's and women's cross country and track at Dakota Wesleyan University coaching the 800 to the marathon. In his three years at DWU he had 10 NAIA National Championship qualifiers, three top ten finishers, and coached an All American in the marathon.
Casey has his B.S. in Journalism from Missouri State University and his M.A. - Education Educational Policy & Administration with a second concentration in Secondary Certification & Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University.
Casey was a key influence on the creation of Monumental Kids Movement, a nine week youth running program that aims to educate elementary students on the importance of healthy, active living. The program has grown from one to twenty eight Indianapolis area schools in just three years.
Camille Estes joined the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon staff in March of 2014. Prior to that she was the owner of a race management and timing company (River City Races) and a Fleet Feet Sports running specialty store in Louisville, KY. She brings more than 30 years experience as an athlete, coach and administrator. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, she was on the cross-country and track teams and was the first woman inducted into the school's Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Camille grew up in Louisville, KY and currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband Jim and son Nick, daughter Lyndsey still resides in Louisville, and three dogs and two cats.
Rhiannon comes to the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she recently completed her Master's degree in Mathematics. During her final year of graduate school, she taught undergraduate classes in the Mathematics Department while pursuing her goals as a professional athlete. In May of 2014 won the Canadian Marathon Championships at the Ottawa Race weekend in her home province of Ontario, Canada. While at UAB Rhiannon was a standout athlete on the UAB Blazer's Women's Track and Cross-Country teams, earning multiple All-American and Academic All-American honors on the track. In 2013, she was named to Team Canada for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia where she raced the 10,000m.
Rhiannon grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and has relocated to Indianapolis to work at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and continue to pursue Olympic aspirations in the marathon. She enjoys coffee, musicals and long runs with her 12 year old dog, Ty.
Contact Rhiannon for information on social media content and the Monumental Blog.
Swati Gunale is the newest member of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon team as she joined in June of 2016. Previously, she worked in Business Development in publishing for 10 years and prior to that, had a career in social work. She is originally from Indianapolis and moved back after receiving a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and living in Colorado for several years. Swati enjoys all things outdoors and is an avid hiker, biker and runner. In 2015, she completed her second marathon – the Monumental.
Neale joined the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in August of 2016 after spending the previous seven years at USA Track & Field, where he worked in both the technology and events departments. He brings with him a diverse skill set and experiences gained from seven Outdoor National Championships, four Indoor National Championships, three Olympic Trials, and one World Indoor Championships.
An Indianapolis native and lifelong Hoosier, Neale attended Indiana University – Bloomington, graduating with degrees in Marketing and Technology Management from the Kelley School of Business in 2009. By any measure, he is an extremely passionate sports fan and an extremely average athlete. He enjoys the Indianapolis food and drink scene, dogs, art and design, and Indy Film Fest. He spends his free time exploring the city and sharing all that it has to offer with others. He’s probably eating at Rook right now.
Melissa Cooney, a Sports Marketing Consultant, brings over 10 years of sponsorship, marketing and sports knowledge to Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. Having just started her own consultancy business after many years of seeing a need to help events gain awareness with sponsors, by uncovering assets and adding value improving client activation. Working for herself allows her the opportunity to work with partners she believes in and can work with for the long haul. Cooney was most recently the Director of Sales for Heatsheets. Prior to that, she spent 4 years as the Director of Development for Chicago Area Runners Association. At CARA, she grew the Sponsorship Dollars over 400% year over year by uncovering assets and partnering brands activate while talking directly to their target audience.
In 2006, after deciding to run Boston in 3:56 to check off her "Bucket List", she was hooked. Currently, a runner on the BAA, she just completed her 10th marathon and reached her goal of the highly sought after "sub 3". "Find what you are passionate about and go after it relentlessly".
Melissa is continuously learning as much as possible about health and wellness and enjoy sharing her passion with other people. Melissa's first-hand knowledge of the sport about what it means to runners is exactly why she can talk the talk and help races find those brands she believes in. She has contributed to Runners' World Magazine, NOW Ambassador, Volunteers with Girls on the Run, and loves to run to keep up with her 3 year old daughter.
Matt Ebersole is the founder & coach of Personal Best Training. Matt has coached over 7,000 athletes since 1991 including thousands of beginners, hundreds of Boston Marathon qualifiers, and 7 Olympic Trials qualifiers. Coach Ebersole has served as the IMM Elite Athlete and Pace Team Coordinator since 2013.
Contact Matt for information on the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Elite Athlete Program
Laura Neidig works for the Riley Children's Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children, as the Senior Communications Officer. She is a 4-time Emmy award winner and freelance writer.
Laura volunteers her time as photographer for the Indianapolis Men's Chorus and several other area non-profit organizations.
A New Jersey native, she graduated from the University of Scranton with a BA in Communications, and has been running since 9th grade.
Lesley Stoeffler has been training runners to "get out and run their lives" since 1997 and running even longer herself. She has been the Half Marathon Training Coach for the Indianapolis YMCA since 1997 and a Pacing Coach for Indy Runners since 2005. She runs several races each year, including half marathons and marathons in the spring and fall. Lesley is the Director of the Indy Runners Spring Training Program and serves on the Indy Runners Board of Directors. A local property management firm owner, she serves on the steering committee of the YMCA Bike Hub, the Keenan-Stahl Boys and Girls Club and serves as the Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Indianapolis Rotary Club. Every Wednesday evening she leads the charge with the Downtown Y Run – which typically has 30-40 runners and walkers doing a 5 mile downtown loop.
Lesley has competed in many half marathons (she has 44 under her belt – including four Monumental Half Marathons) and 4 full marathons. Originally a sprinter and soccer player during high school and college she loves the mental and physical health benefits of long distance running. Lesley also road and mountain bikes and strength trains to "fight the effects of age and gravity."
Lesley's passion for runners and walkers of all speeds and abilities makes her the ideal coordinator for the Perseverance Pack, whose members are dedicated runners and walkers who stay inspired for the long haul. Whether you are new to running or have just slowed down over time…now is the time to commit to your Monumental Race!
Jon is joining the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon team this year as an intern student working with Casey Collins in Community Outreach. He is currently enrolled in the University of Indianapolis’ Masters of Sports Management program. In addition to his current educational pursuit, Jon has a B.S. in Finance & Insurance from Ball State University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis, and a Masters of Project Management from Penn State University. He currently works for Rolls-Royce Corporation here in Indianapolis.
Jon grew up and still lives on the south side of Indianapolis, graduating from Perry Meridian High School where he ran cross country, along with playing baseball and basketball. He has participated in several half-marathons and currently trains with the Miles4Myeloma cycling team that promotes awareness and raises money to fight Multiple Myeloma.
Jon is married to Jennifer and has two daughters, Samantha and Josie. Samantha is a senior at Ball State University studying secondary education and Josie who is a 5th Grader at Jeremiah Gray Elementary School.
How to Get Involved
Monumental Advisory Committee
Members of the committee serve as a support and advisory network for the Monumental Marathon in the areas of membership, event planning, fundraising, service, and strategic planning. Read more.
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon offers a variety of internships each fall and limited opportunities in the spring and summer. Candidates will be considered on the following timelines:
Spring internships - on a case-by-case basis
Summer internships - June 1 through August 1
*** Now Accepting Applications
Fall internships - August 1 through December
*** Now Accepting Applications
Communications Coordinator Intern ( Description of Duties )
Business Development Coordinator Intern ( Description of Duties )
Hospitality Coordinator Intern ( Description of Duties )
Community Outreach Coordinator Intern ( Description of Duties )
Interested applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in helping out with course entertainment please send an email to email@example.com.
IMM Charity Team
Fight childhood obesity in Indiana with the IMM Charity Team: Team Monumental Kids, Support Monumental Kids Movement and Run for a Cause!
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
202 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204