FAQS

What are the start times for the race? What time zone is Indianapolis? How is the climate in Indiana during November? Does the IMM provide special booking for hotel stays? I'm flying in from out of town, what ground transportation is available in Downtown Indy without renting a car? Where should I park on race weekend? I'm a spectator, where can stop to watch the race? What is the deadline for online registration? May I upgrade or downgrade my originally registered event? What is the registration cutoff to have my name printed on my bib? What is the registration cutoff to have my name printed on the IMM Commemorative Poster? May I transfer my entry to someone else? How can I get confirmation of my registration? What if I entered the wrong information when I registered or I would like to change something on my registration? May I get a refund for my entry? Can I defer my entry? Are there any special offers that come free with my registration? Do you offer a Military Discount? Do you have any special tips or maps for spectators? Where and when is packet pick-up? Can someone else pick up my packet? May I pick up my packet on Race Day? How can I sign up for the Pasta Dinner? Is there a gear check? Is there a time limit for each race? I know I'm slow, can I still participate? If I can't meet the 15 minutes per mile pace, can I continue running after the races are over? Can I leave the course and come back? Will there be Runner Tracking available? Will each race be certified? Is the course a Boston Qualifier? What items may I participate with? Are people allowed to wear headsets during the run? Who is responsible for race management? Are there volunteer opportunities still available? Do finishers receive a medal? How can I personalize the back of my medal with my name and finishing time? Will I get my throw-away shirt back? How did the Alanic shirts fit compared to previous IMM shirts? What is the minimum age requirement for the full and half marathon? Will the Monumental have pace leaders? Who can I contact if I have questions about being an elite runner? How will the starting area and corrals work on race morning? Can I have a friend or coach run with me throughout any portion of the event? Will energy gels be available throughout the course? How many restrooms will be available throughout the course? Where do I go if I need medical attention during the race? What is the Kid's Fun Run and how much does it cost? Could bad weather or other conditions cancel the race? What happens if extreme weather happens during the event? If the race is cancelled, will refunds or transfers be allowed? What are the awards for each age group? Does the IMM have prize money for overall place winners? Where will the race award ceremonies be located? If I am checking out of my hotel before the race, are post race showers available? Will there be race day photos available? Will there be Finishers Certificates? How can I check my results?

*** Times Tentative ***

What are the start times for the race?

7:58am - Wheelchair Start
8:00am - Monumental Marathon/Half Marathon Start
8:20am - 5K Start - read more
8:30am - Kids Fun Run - read more

What time zone is Indianapolis?

Eastern Time Zone - Indiana does utilize Daylight Savings Time

How is the climate in Indiana during November?

Indianapolis Daily Averages for the first week of November (2016)

DaySunriseSunset Avg. Avg. High Avg. Low
1 7:12 AM5:46 PM50°F 59°F 42°F
2 7:14 AM5:43 PM48°F 57°F 39°F
3 7:15 AM5:42 PM44°F 53°F 36°F
4 7:16 AM5:41 PM46°F 54°F 38°F
5 7:17 AM5:39 PM48°F 55°F 38°F
6 7:18 AM5:38 PM47°F 55°F 37°F
7 7:19 AM5:37 PM46°F 56°F 37°F
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Does the IMM provide special booking for hotel stays?

Each year, VisitIndy provides the IMM with specific contracted blocks of rooms, but they tend to go very fast. Get your room and manage your reservations today.

For other hotel options, please follow this link.

I'm flying in from out of town, what ground transportation is available in Downtown Indy without renting a car?

There are many good ground transportation options, but IndyGo offers a convenient and affordable transit service. For all the information: www.indygo.net.

Where should I park on race weekend?

In an effort to make your race weekend as stress-free as possible, ParkWhiz was our "official Parking Partner" in 2015. Plans are underway for 2016.

For comprehensive information on race week parking options, check out this resource from our friends at Downtown Indy.

I'm a spectator, where can stop to watch the race?

ActiveIndy developed a couple of good options for our spectators in 2014. Have a look at the maps they created by clicking here.

What is the deadline for online registration?

The deadline for online registration for the Monumental Mile is June 1st at 11:59 p.m.

The deadline for online registration for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Fun Run is November 1st at 11:59 p.m. Please note we have sold out the marathon for the last four years so the sooner you get your registration in the better.

May I upgrade or downgrade my originally registered event?

Yes. If you would like to upgrade to the Half Marathon or Marathon, or downgrade to the Half Marathon or 5K, please email register@monumentalmarathon.com or call 317-454-8519 for details. If you downgrade you will not be refunded the difference in events, and if you upgrade you will be required to pay the upgrade difference. You may upgrade/downgrade by email until Monday, October 12, 2016 at 5:00pm.

What is the registration cutoff to have my name printed on my bib?

You must be registered by 11:59:59 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2016 to have your name custom printed on your bib number. This is for all participants in the Full, Half and 5K event. If you chose to switch to another distance after the deadline, your name will not be custom printed on your bib.

What is the registration cutoff to have my name printed on the IMM Commemorative Poster?

You must be registered by 11:59:59 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 to have your name printed on the IMM Commemorative Poster.

To see a copy of the 2014 poster, click here.

May I transfer my entry to someone else?

Yes. The person who is taking your place will need to fill out the paper entry form (please contact register@monumentalmarathon.com to get the paper entry form), put your name in the "Transfer of Entry" blank on the form, and submit a $20.00 transfer fee. We must have a signed note from the original registrant included with the form that states they are agreeing to transfer their entry. Completed forms can be mailed to: "Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, 202 E. Market St. Indianapolis, IN 46204. The deadline for submitting transfers is October 12, 2016.

How can I get confirmation of my registration?

Log in to Eventbrite account here.

What if I entered the wrong information when I registered or I would like to change something on my registration?

Log into your Eventbrite account at www.Eventbrite.com, choose your event entry, click on the Edit button and make your changes. Please note that changes can only be made through the account of the person who purchased the registrations. If you need to set up an Eventbrite account, make sure you use the email that you purchased the registration under.

For any questions or help, email register@monumentalmarathon.com or call 317-454-8519.

May I get a refund for my entry?

No, there are no refunds.

Can I defer my entry?

Per the refund policy in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Run registration, all entries are non-refundable. If you cannot participate due to pregnancy, injury or military deployment, we do offer deferrals to the 2017 running events with proof. Please submit either your doctor's note stating injury/pregnancy or proof of deployment to register@monumentalmarathon.com by October 7, 2016. There is a deferral fee of $20.00.

To remain fair and consistent, deferrals do not extend to anyone besides the injured, pregnant or deployed participant and we must receive proof by October 7, 2016. Deferred entries cannot extend past the following year. No exceptions.

Are there any special offers that come free with my registration?

In 2015 we partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a 'virtual goody bag' in an effort to go green and provide additional benefits to our participants. Plans are under way for 2016.

Do you offer a Military Discount?

To honor those who serve to protect our freedom, Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is proud to offer US Military members, veterans and their families, 10% off the participant registration price. To receive the discount, email or mail a copy of your picture Military ID or a copy of your DD214 to the IMM office. To email, click here and attach your document or mail to Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, 202 E. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. We will then contact you with the promotional code to use when registering.

Do you have any special tips or maps for spectators?

Take a look at our Spectators page.

Where and when is packet pick-up?

Race bibs and packets will be available at the Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, November 3rd from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Friday, November 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall A at 100 South Capitol.

No race packets will be mailed and there is no race day packet pickup.

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes. In order for someone to pick up your packet, they must present one of the following:

May I pick up my packet on Race Day?

No, there will be NO race day packet pick-up.

How can I sign up for the Pasta Dinner?

Signing up for the pasta dinner can be done during online registration.

The Pasta Dinner will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM. In 2015, the dinner was held in the Steak'n Shake Awards will be located near the finish line off of Washington Street between Missouri Street & West Street, on the north side of the Indiana Government Center Parking Facility. Plans are under way for the location of the 2016 Pasta Dinner. The meal will be a dinner buffet including pasta options, salad, bread, dessert and beverages.

Direct any questions to our Participant Relations Manager, Camille Estes, at register@monumentalmarathon.com.

Is there a gear check?

Gear Check will be available race morning starting at 6:30am. In 2015, Gear Check was located off of Washington Street between Missouri Street & West Street, on the north side of the Indiana Government Center Parking Facility. All gear must be picked up by 3:00pm. You will be provided a clear plastic bag when you pick up your packet at the Expo. YOU MUST USE THIS BAG AS YOUR GEAR CHECK BAG. Please use the pull-off tag on your bib to label your gear check bag. All bags will be subject to search and any bag other than the clear plastic bag provided to you at the Expo will be turned away. Unattended bags not within the Gear Check area will be removed by Security. Any gear left at the gear check tent will be donated to a local charity.

Is there a time limit for each race?

The time limit is 6.5 hours for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. The course will close on a rolling schedule, with the finish line closing at 2:45 p.m. This means that marathon runners must be able to sustain a pace of 15:00 per mile in order to finish ahead of the course closure. Half marathon runners must be able to sustain a pace of 15:00 per mile for the first ten (10) miles in order to finish ahead of course closure. The last three (3) miles of the half marathon can be at substantially slower pace of 30:00 per mile. The 5k course requires an 18:00 per mile pace.

I know I'm slow, can I still participate?

The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon welcomes all those who can finish in the 6 1/2 hour time limit. If you plan on participating but cannot average a 15:00 per mile pace, please be aware that our permit dictates that streets that comprise the route be reopened to vehicular traffic.

The SAG wagon will travel at the course closing pace behind both the half marathon and full marathon participants. It will be available to pick up participants at aid stations who choose to discontinue the race (under non-medical circumstances). As participants are picked up, they will be taken back to the finish area as time and other factors permit.

If I can't meet the 15 minutes per mile pace, can I continue running after the races are over?

If participants choose to continue running after the course closes, they do so at their own risk and will be asked by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to move off the streets. No times are recorded after 2:45 p.m. for either the marathon or half marathon. Finisher medals will be awarded only to those finishing within the specified time limit.

Can I leave the course and come back?

All participants who leave the course will be disqualified.

Will there be Runner Tracking available?

Yes, you'll be able to follow your favorite runner or walker from the convenience of your mobile device.

Will each race be certified?

The IMM is certified by USATF. All USATF rules apply.

Is the course a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, and due to the flat, fast nature of our course, many people PR!

What items may I participate with?

Participants WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the IMM with animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, or inline skates and must wear their bibs at all times.

Are people allowed to wear headsets during the run?

For safety purposes, we recommend that people do not wear headsets so they can hear important information along the course.

Who is responsible for race management?

Don Carr of Tuxedo Brothers who has over 25 years of race management experience. Don is currently race director of the Indianapolis 500 mini marathon.

Are there volunteer opportunities still available?

Please check our volunteer schedule for descriptions, times, locations and a registration link.

Do finishers receive a medal?

ALL Finishers in the Full, Half, 5K and Kids Fun Run will receive a finishers medal. Any finishers completing the course outside the 2:45pm time limit, will not receive a finishers medal.

In 2014, many recipients asked about the notch in the corner of the medals. That notch is a part of a four year medal series that the IMM introduced in 2014. Any participant who receives a medal in years '14, '15, '16 and '17 will also receive the "White Star Medallion" that completes the 5 pieces of the Indianapolis flag. For more information, please watch this segment that ran on WISHTV.

How can I personalize the back of my medal with my name and finishing time?

The IMM will have on-site engraving from PR Medal Engravers. Commemorate your achievement on race day with personalized engraving. Pre-purchase when you register online for $15.00 or on race day for $20.00. Pre-purchased orders will be provided to PR Medal Engravers so you can proceed straight from the finish line to have your medal engraved. If you missed medal engraving when you registered, please visit PR MEDAL ENGRAVERS for more details.

Will I get my throw-away shirt back?

No, all clothes thrown along the race course will be picked up and donated to local charity.

How did the Alanic shirts fit compared to previous IMM shirts?

The 2015 shirts remained consistent with the 2013 size chart.

What is the minimum age requirement for the full and half marathon?

The Monumental Marathon requires a minimum age of 16 years old. The half marathon requires a minimum age of 10 years old.

Will the Monumental have pace leaders?

Our pace team is coordinated by the Director of the Monumental Training Program and Elite Athlete Coordinator, Matt Ebersole. Finalized plans are underway for 2016. See the Pace Team page for a list of the 2015 pacers.

Who can I contact if I have questions about being an elite runner?

Please send elite runner requests or comments to our Elite Athlete Coordinator, Matt Ebersole, at elite@monumentalmarathon.com.

How will the starting area and corrals work on race morning?

There are five corral levels at the start line; Elite/Seeded, Level A, Level B, Level C and Level D. Elite participants will be assigned yellow bib numbers and be placed in the front Elite/Seeded corral. Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D participants will have a brightly colored sticker placed on their bib that will allow them entrance into their respective corrals. Click here for an illustration. Corral placement must be requested in the registration process and is based on estimated finish time provided. Corrals are as follows:

Elite Level

Monumental Marathon

Open Men sub 2:43/Master Men sub 2:48

Open Women sub 3:00/Master Women sub 3:05

Monumental Half Marathon

Open Men sub 1:12/Master Men sub 1:18

Open Women sub 1:25/Master Women 1:30

Seeded Level

Monumental Marathon

Open Men sub 2:50/Open Women sub 3:10

Monumental Half Marathon

Open Men sub 1:15/Open Women sub 1:28

Level A – sub 1:30 half/3:10 full

Level B – sub 1:45 half/3:30 full

Level C – sub 1:58 half/3:45 full

Level D – sub 2:09half/4:10 full

Any questions on Elite status, please contact our elite athlete coordinator at elite@monumentalmarathon.com.

Time verifications for corral placement must be submitted with registration and you must be registered by 10/18/16. Registration's after 10/18/16 requesting corral placement must bring time verification to packet pickup at the Health and Wellness Expo and present at the Corral Placement table to be considered and receive placement.

Those who are not given a corral sticker will line up behind the corrals according to their pace per mile or estimated finish time. Signage will be utilized at the start to specify the pace per mile and estimated finish times.

Can I have a friend or coach run with me throughout any portion of the event?

No. All participants must be registered and wearing their assigned bib number. If you are looking for pacing assistance, we provide our Monumental Pace Team to help you reach your goal.

Will energy gels be available throughout the course?

Yes, energy gels will be available along the Monumental Marathon course near miles 10.5, 15.5, and 22 and near mile 8.5 of the Monumental Half Marathon course.

How many restrooms will be available throughout the course?

All aid stations on all courses will provide water, medical personnel, and restroom facilities. Port-o-lets are available at the start and finish lines as well as every aid station along the course. We ask that you please be kind and courteous to the Indianapolis residents and neighborhoods.

Where do I go if I need medical attention during the race?

There will be 21 medical stations available to participants throughout the race course. These 21 stations will be located at the aid stations along the full marathon, half marathon, and 5k courses. There will also be one medical station at the start and one medical station at the finish line. For medical emergencies, an ambulance will be called to transport the participant to a local hospital. The participant is responsible for any medical transportation fees.

IMPORTANT: It is recommended that participants write any medical conditions, medications, allergies, and emergency contacts on the backside of their race bib and wear their race bib at all times during the event.

What is the Kid's Fun Run and how much does it cost?

The Kid's Fun Run is about 1/3 of a mile, and is flat and fast. They will start at the official start line and run through the official finish line. Kids will be greeted by their favorite mascots when they finish. Participants must be between the ages of 4-10 years old. Registration is required and can be accessed through the online registration link or by submitting the printable entry form.

Could bad weather or other conditions cancel the race?

Extreme weather (lightning, high winds, snow, ice, extreme temperature, etc.) could cancel the race. There are also instances of other emergency situations (power outages, city-wide alerts, etc) that could affect the start/cancellation/continuance of the races. In case of delay or cancellation, immediate notification will be made through IMM Facebook (Facebook.com/MonumentalMarathon) and Twitter (@IndyMonumental) and our website (MonumentalMarathon.com).

What happens if extreme weather happens during the event?

If extreme weather or an emergency situation becomes an issue, the Command Group will meet and determine the status/future of the event. Depending on the situation the event may be delayed or cancelled. Information will be relayed to the Race committee via cell phones/radios. Participants will be notified along the course by course monitors and race officials. Participants will be required to use their best judgment, based on the situation, as to the next best course of action.

If the race is cancelled, will refunds or transfers be allowed?

No, should the event be cancelled due to extreme weather or other emergency, there will be no refunds or transfers.

What are the awards for each age group?

In addition to providing a new 20 oz glass to all award winners, we proudly partnered with Athletic Annex for the 2015 Age Group Awards. Plans are underway for 2016.

MARATHON AGE DIVISIONS ( male & female )( 2015 )
16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

HALF MARATHON AGE DIVISIONS ( male & female )( 2015 )
10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

5K AGE DIVISIONS ( Male & Female )( 2015 )
11 & under, 12-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

New in 2015
The top three overall finishers (both men and women) in the 5k will receive the following:

Also New in 2015 : Bob Kennedy's #3RUN7 Challenge!
Win your age group and break the existing age group record in either the 13.1 mile or 26.2 mile races and win a free pair of Saucony shoes from Athletic Annex!
Click here for more details

Does the IMM have prize money for overall place winners?

All cash awards are based on 'Gun time' only. 2016 plans are underway, but 2015 prize structure was as follows:

Marathon Overall (male & female)
1st place $1,200
2nd place $ 750
3rd place $ 600
4th place $ 400
5th place $ 250

Marathon Indiana Residents Only (male & female)
1st place $ 250
2nd place $ 150
3rd place $ 100

The intention of this cash incentive is to help support and develop the local running community in the state of Indiana. For that reason, click here for our formal policy.

Marathon Masters (male & female)
1st place $ 250
2nd place $ 100
3rd place $ 50

Half Marathon Overall (male & female)
1st place $ 500
2nd place $ 400
3rd place $ 300
4th place $ 200
5th place $ 100

Half Marathon Masters (male & female)
1st place $ 150
2nd place $ 100
3rd place $ 50

Where will the race award ceremonies be located?

Although there will not be a formal award ceremony, awards may be picked up at the Steak 'n Shake Awards Tent. Awards for 5k may be picked up after 9:30 am and the half marathon may be picked up after 10:30 AM. Full marathon awards may be picked up after 11:30 am. Awards must be picked up by 2:30 PM. Awards will NOT be mailed after the event. All finishers in the Full, Half, 5K and Kids Fun Run will receive a Finisher's Medal.

If I am checking out of my hotel before the race, are post-race showers available?

Post-Race showers will be available at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA at 242 E. Market Street. Just show your finishers' medal or race bib.

Will there be race day photos available?

MarathonFoto will have an army of photographers on hand to make sure you can chose from several great photos of your heroic effort.

Will there be Finishers Certificates?

MarathonFoto will provide free finishers certificates. Finishers will receive an email as soon as they are ready to view.

How can I check my results?

There are many different ways to check your results after you finish. Visit the Results Tent to the right of the finish line to receive a print out of your finish time and your splits. The unofficial overall results will be posted next to the South Government building to the right of the finish line. Results will be listed by finish time and include your overall place and age group place. You may also view a live update of your results at www.monumentalmarathon.com. If you have questions about your results, please visit the Results Tent during the race or e-mail register@monumentalmarathon.com.

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