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Along with educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of healthy living, and combating community deterioration, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is passionate about helping fund charities whose missions are consistent with that of our organization.

In just our first six years, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has donated more than $500,000 to Indianapolis Public School Charities including, but not limited to, the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation, the Simon Youth Foundation, Mind Trust and College Summit. Of course it would not be possible without the help of our participants, sponsors and volunteers.

Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation

The IPS Education Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1984. The purpose of the foundation is to provide supplemental funds for IPS academic programs and staff development. These funds are made possible by contributions from IPS employees, community organizations, local businesses and individual IPS supporters. Future goals include: provide emergency funds for school uniforms to IPS families in need; provide tuition reimbursements to IPS staff members for professional development and support Academic Summer School.

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Since 1998, Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) has worked to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through focused initiatives with SYF's public school and post-secondary education partners. SYF accomplishes this through two primary initiatives: non-traditional schools called SYF Academies and a post-secondary scholarship program. During the 2013-2014 school year, students will be enrolled at 23 Academies in 13 states partnering with more than 50 school districts. For 15 years, SYF's nationally recognized program has ignited hope by graduating more than 10,000 at-risk students at a 90% rate, and awarding more than $10 million in post-secondary scholarships to over 3,600 graduates in 42 states. To learn more, visit syf.org.


College Summit

College Summit is the nation's premier college access program for low-income students. College Summit's success around the country has been extraordinary. For example, nearly 80% of students who participate in College Summit's summer workshops enroll in college, compared to the national average of 46% among low-income students. These students remain in college at a rate of 80%, far above the national average of 64% among students across all income levels.

Mind Summit

The Mind Trust is a nonprofit striving to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Mind Trust is building a network of the nation's highest-impact education initiatives, helping to launch life-changing schools, and advancing bold plans for transforming the city's education system. Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has impacted more than 41,800 students through its work.


The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is also very proud to partner with many other Organizations and Charities to help them reach their goals. One way we accomplish this is to offer savings on registrations when those organizations have causes they've set up. Have a look at our current list of partnering charities and determine if you will "run for a cause."

Leukema & Lymphoma Society Team In Training logo

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society' Team In Training (TNT) program is the world's largest and oldest endurance sports training program! TNT has helped over a half million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers cross the finish line at their chosen event and has raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving cancer research. No matter your level of athleticism or fitness, TNT has a training program that will help you go from where you are now to completing a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, triathlon or century bike ride. Your training coach and fundraising support system will be there to help you every step of the way, and you will never experience a sweeter victory than the one achieved as part of TNT.

This year TNT will be supporting runners and walkers wearing purple at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, as they raise funds to beat cancer and train on behalf of another's life. For more information or to join the Team, visit www.teamintraining.org/in and call 317.860.3840 today. GO TEAM!

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Founded in 2008, Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a national 501(c)3 non-profit committed to raising funds needed for research to find safer, more effective treatments for pediatric cancers, the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget goes to all pediatric cancers combined, and lack of funding is the primary reason many children do not survive.

Through the concept of local events and grassroots efforts, Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides the support and resources for individuals and groups to raise funds. Today, over $5 million has been granted for research to some of the nations' leading pediatric cancer centers. Want to Be a Good Cookie? Learn more about how you can join the fight...www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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Imagine a race where hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you join the St. Jude Heroes team in the fight against childhood cancer. At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital the world's sickest children battling cancer and other deadly diseases are being treated for free - no family ever pays for the care their child receives.

This is your opportunity to turn your race into something heroic and raise funds to give kids worldwide the chance to live a full and healthy life.

Join our team and you can be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind race weekend experience that includes free race entry, training, hotel accommodations, pasta party and more!

To become a St. Jude Hero, please visit www.fundraising.stjude.org/monumental, or contact Nichole Ornelas at 317-587-0925.


Joy's House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day services. We assist our Guests (clients) by sharing an embracing, safe and accepting environment while providing family caregivers peace of mind, education and ongoing understanding and encouragement. Many of our Guests are no longer able to stay at home alone safely due to basic aging or a variety of diagnoses. Joy's House services are designed for those with a wide range of abilities and interests.


Running for Joy is a volunteer-led effort started by Joy's House volunteer Andy Johnson and continued by Joy's House Board member Eric Averitt. The team's purpose is to raise money for Joy's House Guest Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance so that all families have access to our services. In 2014, Team Running for Joy is dedicated to raising $14,000 while supporting each other in achievement of monumental fitness goals.

For more information, visit www.joyshouse.org and www.running4joy.com or "Like Us" on Facebook.

ALZ Stars logo

Challenge yourself to change the course of Alzheimer's disease by signing up to be an ALZ Star. Go the distance in the fight against this devastating disease by training for and completing the 2014 Monumental Marathon while raising valuable funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

To become an ALZ Star, please contact Amber Sermersheim at 317.587.2214 or asermersheim@alz.org.

Easter Seals Crossroads Logo

For over 75 years, Easter Seals Crossroads has been improving the lives of children and adults with special needs, disabilities or challenges by promoting inclusion, independence and dignity. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals Crossroads offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. We provide top-quality, family-focused and innovative services tailored to meet the specific needs of the individuals we serve.

The Crossroads Champions are ambassadors for ability and will be participating in the Monumental Marathon to raise funds that will support the programs and services at Easter Seals Crossroads. Anyone can be a Crossroads Champion - sign up today!


JDRF is the leader of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community-unifying global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. Through a transformative vision, breakthrough innovations, and effective operations, JDRF is working to remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D.

Join Team JDRF today and in return for fundraising, you'll get team apparel, training with Blue Mile's expert coaches, a personal fundraising web page and we'll cover your marathon registration fee! For more information or to register, visit this link or contact MFanning@jdrf.org.

Finish MS Logo

Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

Lace up your shoes and Join the Movement® to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Finish MS encourages those participating in endurance events to fundraise in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society while embracing the joy of movement.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Due to the damage caused by MS, people with the disease know something about moving that most of us don't understand - moving is not a guarantee.

Your participation in Finish MS helps supports cutting-edge research for a cure as well as life-changing programs and services for thousands of Hoosiers affected by MS. If you're thinking of running the Monumental this year - or any race - and would like to use your involvement as a platform to raise critical funds and awareness for the MS Movement, we'd be honored to have you on our team.

To learn more or register, please visit http://bit.ly/finishMSindiana.

Team Riley Logo

Team Riley gives athletes supreme motivation to push toward the finish line: every stride brings hope to sick and injured children at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. By joining Team Riley, walkers and runners can participate in the event of their choice while raising funds for Riley Children's Foundation - the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital that supports Riley's life-saving pediatric research programs and family-centered care.

As Indiana's only comprehensive and nationally-ranked children's hospital, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics more than 230,000 times as well as an additional 100,000 times in clinics and hospitals staffed by Riley physicians throughout the state. Join Team Riley by clicking here.

Team World Vision logo

In Africa they say, "Water is Life." About 724 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. Children and women often walk five to ten miles a day to gather water that isn't even safe to drink; water that can make them sick. More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation than almost any other cause - more than AIDS and .malaria combined.

Team World Vision empowers people to experience life transformation through endurance races, community advocacy, and social giving for vulnerable children worldwide.

Team World Vision runs so that children in Africa can have clean water and fullness of life. Will you join in and participate with us at the Monumental Marathon to help provide safe and sustainable clean water to those in need?

To learn more or to register please visit www.teamworldvision.org/indy.


Playworks is the only organization in the country to send enthusiastic, trained adult program coordinators into under resourced schools, where they enhance and transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day. These "coaches" become part of the school community. They organize games and activities during recess, provide individual class game times and run a leadership development program during school hours. They also run physical activity programs and developmental sports leagues during non-school hours. By believing in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, Playworks transforms the school climate by increasing the social, emotional, behavioral and physical health of kids.

Get into the game and join the Playworks team because play is truly monumental!

back on my feet logo

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national non-profit 501(c)3 that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives to achieve employment and independent living.

BoMF Indianapolis partners with residential programs at HVAF and Wheeler Mission to address the emotional and social issues of homelessness. Our organizations work together to provide a supportive, structured environment to help resident members with recovery, attain gainful employment and stable housing.

After demonstrating dedication to the program, which includes maintaining 90% attendance, resident members move toward self-sufficiency through our Next Steps program. In Next Steps job skills training and financial literacy are provided and grants are available to assist in removing barriers of gaining employment and housing.

Since 2011, BoMF has had more than 90 resident members complete the Indianapolis Monumental 5k, Half and Full Marathon races. Our resident members and volunteers are excited to train for the 2014 races.

If you are interested in running with BoMF Indianapolis or FundRacing in conjunction with your IMM experience, please visit http://indianapolis.backonmyfeet.org.

ALS Indiana Logo

Imagine running or walking for 90 minutes! That's how often a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. The financial cost to families of persons with ALS is exceedingly high. As the only not-for-profit voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, we direct the largest privately-funded research enterprise engaged to uncover the mystery of a disease that affects as many as 30,000 annually.

Help us take back those 90 minutes and join Team ALS to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease and help us create a world without ALS. For more information, visit www.alsaindiana.org, or email Jill Bennett at jbennett@alsaindiana.org.

medals 4 mettle logo

Medals4Mettle is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half-marathon and triathlon finishers' medals. To date, they have donated over 18,000 medals to children and adults around the world who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their lives. The athletes who donate their medals to the organization do so in a recognition of spirit, determination, will, hope, and the human potential to persevere in the face of adversity.

Please consider passing the spirit by donating your medal or providing funds to purchase new Medals4Mettle ribbons to attach to donated medals.

To learn more or register, please visit, www.medals4mettle.org.

girls on the run logo

Girls on the Run is a not-for-profit, character development program which combines an interactive curriculum with the joy of running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Please help us encourage and cheer on the girls that will be running the Indianapolis Monumental 5K this year!

To learn more or register, please visit, www.gotrhamiltoncounty.org.

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LOVING SOUTH AFRICA (LSA) is a non-profit organization that partners with outstanding grassroots organizations in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to bring HOPE to those who are suffering from injustices related to HIV/AIDS. LOVING SOUTH AFRICA is committed to seeing these partners become sustainable, effective and unified as they work to bring healing to an area that is considered ground zero in the worldwide AIDS pandemic. LSA supports its three FRONTLINE PARTNER organizations through undesignated operational support, professional development and income-generating projects. Since its inception in 2004, LOVING SOUTH AFRICA has distributed over $1 million in funding to promote healing in The Valley of A Thousand Hills.

Runners and walkers are invited to join Team LSA to raise funds and learn more about the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Become a change-maker in South Africa while training with new friends in Indianapolis! Learn more at www.lovingsa.org or contact Jen Gunnels at jgunnels@lovingsa.org to find out how you can join Team LSA!

Team ServLife logo

ServLife International is an Indianapolis based non-profit organization, which works to propel reconciliation and justice by building global community to plant churches, care for children and fight poverty. ServLife began 20 years ago deep in the heart of the 10/40 window in north India. In 2003 we expanded into Nepal, launching children's homes and eventually church planting and micro-finance programs. We operate primarily in remote villages with unreached people groups, where the average income is about $1-2 per day. ServLife partners with local leaders in India and Nepal to address systemic issues of poverty as well as investing in future infrastructure to empower a stronger economy and society.

Runners and walkers are invited to join Team ServLife and run for justice for the poor of India and Nepal. Find out more about Team ServLife, our team activities and perks by visiting servlife.org/join-team-servlife/ or by emailing admin@servlife.org.

Autism Society of Indiana

The Autism Society of Indiana serves all people affected by Autism in Indiana.

Our mission is to improve the lives of all people affected by autism in the state. "People affected" means individuals with autism, their families, teachers, physicians, therapists, bus drivers and coaches. We do this by providing individualized information and support referrals to individuals who are affected by autism today. We understand that autism is a lifelong disability. ASI provides support, advocacy, and increases awareness and acceptance throughout Indiana. We are the first point of contact for people around Indiana when they need support, input, or a shoulder to cry on. Our staff all have close family members on the spectrum. For individualized support by one of our Indiana Allies, call: 1-800-609-8449 or email us at: info@inautism.org.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The cancer experts at Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center work diligently to provide patients with the latest therapies, while addressing their unique needs and guiding them and their families through the treatment process. We know that in addition to outstanding medical treatment, patients require a variety of services that address their emotional and financial needs during a very difficult time. Your donation can help. Visit www.iuhealth.org/simon-cancer-center to learn more or contact Katherine Squadroni at ksquadroni@iuhealth.org.