The Monumental Marathon Blog will be hosting content from a wide range of authors. We have lined up posts from our staff, elite athletes, and prominent community members. We want this blog to be a source of insightful information about running, Indianapolis, and our event as a whole.

Best of #BeMonumental Vol.2

April 14, 2015

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by You!

To read the first installment, click here. We love hearing about all of your running and training on social media throughout the year and as you work towards November - our best content comes from you! Sometimes we just need to take a moment and highlight some of the great things you've posted, tweeted and shared either by mentioning us or using the #BeMonumental hashtag. Kee... [ read more ]

Top 7 Reasons to Volunteer at a Race

April 8, 2015

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by Judy Hasselkus

Behind every awesome race experience I've had as a runner, there was a team of volunteers who helped deliver a safe and enjoyable race. So, what compels someone to give away a Friday afternoon to sort through shirts or hand out race packets? Why give up a Saturday morning to stand on a street corner repeating phrases like "right turn runners, lookin' good," or pour ye... [ read more ]

Top 5 Reasons to Practice for Race Day

March 31, 2015

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by Kim Gale

How many times have you heard the saying "Practice Makes Perfect"? If you grew up in a home similar to mine, you heard it often. Whether it was playing the piano, throwing free throws in the driveway, or giving the dreaded speech in class, my parents often encouraged me to practice. If it was worth doing, it was worth doing right! I'll be the first to admit that while I took th... [ read more ]

The Best Races in Indianapolis Part 2 :
The Races

March 24, 2015

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by Chris Galloway

To read Part 1 of "The Best Races in Indianapolis" Click Here. The following is a list of the most common races that I try to run every year. Polar Dash - 1/1/2015 Size: 700 Location: Noblesville Benefitting: Tatum's Bags of Fun Cost: $25-$40 I like to do the polar dash because it is on New Year's Day and is it necessity that I start my year off in a competitive fashion ... [ read more ]

The Best Races in Indianapolis Part I :
Race Criteria

March 19, 2015

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by Chris Galloway

One of my favorite parts of running is the excitement of a new year and new goals. By this time in the season you can start to see if those goals that you set in December or January are going to be realistic or not. Goals for a runner can be measured in a lot of different ways. Some will look at the number of miles they put in per week or per month or per year. Some w... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month :
Accidental Inspiration

March 10, 2015

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by Brandi Wolf

I often describe myself as a recovering Type A personality - I love to write out a to-do list just to be able to cross off my daily accomplishments. I'll outline and edit and rewrite a vacation packing list over and over to make sure I don't forget anything (you know, so I can cross that off my to-do list). And in the "before children" era, most things generally followed my w... [ read more ]

Is 'Fund-racing' Right For You?

March 3, 2015

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by Chrissy Vasquez

Congratulations! You've decided to register for a race! Maybe it's your first or you're an old pro, regardless it's always a big step to officially commit to a race. Have you ever considered "fundracing" for your favorite cause while you train to complete your race? What exactly is fundracing? It's a rewarding experience; you make a commitment to raise money for a non-... [ read more ]

Community Partners : Teachers' Treasures Helping Kids

February 24, 2015

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by Sarah Eutsler, Teacher's Treasures

What were your favorite school supplies? Chances are, you have a fond memory of that fresh box of crayons, the crisp pages of a blank notebook, a fancy new Trapper Keeper in your favorite color. Supplies played a big role in your school day, getting you from kindergarten to cap and gown. And there's a good chance you had easy access to them. Every day, thousands of Ma... [ read more ]

Monumental Movie Review : McFarland, USA

February 19, 2015

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by IMM Staff

On Wednesday night, three of the IMM Staff members were treated to a special early screening of the upcoming Disney Movie, "McFarland, USA" (courteously invited by Indiana Invaders). The movie stars Kevin Costner as Jim White - a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high school where he brings together an unlikely group of students to form the school's first cross countr... [ read more ]

A Marathon Through the Lens

February 17, 2015

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by Karl Zemlin

I have participated in the Monumental Marathon for several years, but not as a runner. I'm one of the camera-toting folks wearing a bright yellow vest. We're out on the course getting photos that let you cherish your amazing accomplishment. For the 2013 and 2014 races I've been up in the lift at mile 7 - right before the half marathon route splits from the full marathon. Ma... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month:
Kicking off the Training Season

February 10, 2015

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by Andrew Staroska

Ahhhh training season. A blessing and a curse this time of year. While I'm glad to be back on a training plan and following the set schedule, there are some things I have to work to overcome. First and foremost is upping my miles. I was running around 15-20 miles a week for the last few weeks during the crappy and cold weather I've been dealing with. Simply put this won't cut i... [ read more ]

I Hated Running! Why am I Still Doing it 30 Years Later?

February 3, 2015

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by Laura Neidig

Very few runners can state with any clarity why they run. Motivation is different for everyone. I've found, in my decades of running, that my own motivation has changed through the years. Here's why I started, why I'm still at it, and a few years in between: Attraction When my soon-to-be high school Cross Country coach came over to my middle school to recruit runners,... [ read more ]

The Best of #BeMonumental

January 27, 2015

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by Rhiannon Johns

As much as we try to bring you exciting, worthwhile content on our social media channels, the true stars of the show are YOU. This week we take a brief moment to highlight a few of our favorite posts, videos, ideas, and stories that you've so graciously shared with us by posting on our facebook page and by using the #BeMonumental hashtag. The Monumental Training Tab L... [ read more ]

Staying Monumental

January 20, 2015

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by Steve Gilbert

Editor's Note: Steve Gilbert was featured as a Monumental Story in 2013. On June 18th, 2004, Steve Gilbert was diagnosed in the early stage of aggressive prostate cancer. Later that year he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. For a short video that shares part of his story to health, click here. People often have an analogy that relates to their outlook on their lives. Ye... [ read more ]

Top 5 Ways to Get Out the Door

January 12, 2015

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by Rhiannon Johns

In the first part of my running career I was lucky to be part of either a high school or college team, where a group of competitive, dedicated people came together to run faster. Just ... One ... Mile This meant that I had the added benefit of obligatory runs, weight training, cross training and injury prevention. Since moving to a post-collegiate running career and ... [ read more ]



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