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.

Francisan St Francis Training Tips Series #1: Hydration

July 1, 2015

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by Franciscan St Francis

St. Francis Sports Medicine physicians recommend keeping your body hydrated while maintaining your body weight. Maintaining proper hydration levels is a key step in receiving and keeping complete hydration. To maintain appropriate hydration levels: - Keep morning body weight near normal baseline - Drink adequate fluid intake - Check urine color to make sure it is pale ... [ read more ]

The Production Puzzle

June 23, 2015

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by Laura Neidig

Producing a great video is a lot like putting a puzzle together. There are quite a few pieces, but if they all fit together perfectly, you can create something stunning. "Because I Can" hit the mark. The 5-min video produced with footage shot at the 2013 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) had the right cast of characters, a talented cinematographer, a compelling story line ... [ read more ]

Best of #BeMonumental, Volume 3 (#MonumentalMile Edition)

June 16, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

The Monumental Mile took place in downtown Indy on Thursday, June 4. Records were set, PRs were demolished, and donations were made to local public education! As usual however, our favorite moments of the evening come from our participants. You did a great job of sharing your #MonumentalMoments on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram - we've highlighted some below: ... [ read more ]

Putting the "Monumental" in the Monumental Marathon

June 9, 2015

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by Caroline Burnet

In the Oxford Dictionary, "monumental" is an adjective defined as "great in importance, extent, or size". The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon therefore seems aptly named, and not just because it passes by Monument Circle. Monumental Preparation: Preparing for a marathon involves a massive investment in time and energy. Take the couple of hours I spend each day running, add t... [ read more ]

Who to watch at the Monumental Mile

June 2, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

After your race at the Monumental Mile on Thursday, be sure to stick around and to watch the elite races! With a $2000 prize purse, and additional time bonuses of $1000 for sub 4:00.00 (men) and sub 4:30.00 (women), we've got a lineup of locally based elites that are set to run very, very fast. Frezer Legesse Returning Champion Frezer Legesse boasts a lifetime best o... [ read more ]

Top 5 Reasons to Run (only!) One Mile

May 26, 2015

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by Rose Scovel

I am a distance runner. I didn't start running until I was 32 and started racing with a 3 mile race. I have trained for, and run, three full marathons and 48 half marathons in the past seven years. Why would I race only one mile? While I admire track meets and like watching them on TV and recently attended one night of the Drake Relays live, I still sometimes think... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month :
Perry Hovermale

May 19, 2015

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by Perry Hovermale

Editor's Note: Perry Hovermale is our featured blogger with a twist - he keeps a video blog. You can check out his Monumental Marathon 2014 video blog here. His story is below. If you would like to be a featured blog of the month, e-mail rhi.johns@monumentalmarathon.com! In the spring of 2009 I was overweight (weighing 250 lbs), and extremely unhealthy. I was a commu... [ read more ]

5 Best Biking Events You Can't Miss

May 12, 2015

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by Carole Terry

Editor's Note: Our friends at the Indy Star recently published: "Top 10 biking events of the summer". Here's another perspective from Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) president, Carole Terry. May is Bike Month! And the mission of Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) is to provide opportunities for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride their b... [ read more ]

Finding My Way to Being Monumental

May 5, 2015

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by Caitlin Hannon

I remember the first time I ran five miles. I was in middle school, and I made my dad drive a route in our neighborhood so that I knew where one mile began and ended. And I ran. It wasn't really much of a run, at that time. I was probably moving at a 13:00 minute pace, but I was moving. For me, my evening runs were an escape-running away from the awkwardness of middle school, t... [ read more ]

Four Reasons to Come and Visit us This Weekend!

April 28, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

We had a great time meeting many of you last weekend at the Illinois Marathon & Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. If you missed us, don't worry - you have another chance to register in person and get a $10 discount this weekend! We'll be at two great expos this weekend: The 500 Festival One America Mini Marathon Expo and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon P&G Health and Fitnes... [ read more ]

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 ]



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