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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.


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 ]

Top 5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group

January 5, 2015

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by Trena Roudebush

Whether you're just starting out as a runner (or a run/walker or a walker), chasing a new distance or eyeing a personal best, training with a group may be the 'get there faster' answer you've been looking for. Here are a few reasons why:. Groups help motivate and hold you accountable. Training with a group can help you get into a routine of running. Knowing that someon... [ read more ]

Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration
Seven Reasons You Can't Miss This Event

December 30, 2014

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by Amanda Dorman

Celebrate New Year's Eve Indy style. When most cities have the traditional "ball drop," we will be counting down to 2015 with a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd. Here are the top seven reasons you want to come to Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration brought to you by The Union Construction Industry. A suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crow... [ read more ]

A Holiday Reflection

December 23, 2014

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by Blake Boldon

More than seven weeks have quickly flown by since the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and the holidays are suddenly here. Thanksgiving came and went, the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting moved our sport forward for another year, our Monumental Appreciation Celebration flew by and somehow company holiday parties are behind us, all with time seemingly standing sti... [ read more ]