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The Monumental Kids Movement is a nine week youth running program culminating with students running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 5k on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. The bi-weekly program focuses on educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living. Seventy-five percent attendance is required during the bi-weekly program for students to earn a free 5k race entry.

On March 17, 2014, students who took part in the Monumental Kids Movement gave their medals to patients at Riley Children's Hospital as part of the Medals4Mettle program.

Check out the original story at theindychannel.com.

In 2014, the Monumental Kids Movement has 28 participating schools. Those schools are...

The Monumental Kids Movement is changing the health and wellness of area kids and we want you to be a part of it. Please contact our Community Outreach Manager, Casey Collins at casey.collins@monumentalmarathon.com for further details.


In 2013, the Monumental Kids Movement saw remarkable growth in participation. From one IPS school in 2012 to 16 schools in 2013. In 2012 the IMM created the 8-week youth running program, with IPS #19 serving as the pilot school. The inaugural program culminated with 150 students running the Monumental 5k.

IPS 19 Finishes the Monumental 5K

Julie Herdman, Physical Education teacher at IPS #19, with students and staff at the finish of the 2012 Monumental.

Along with the successful growth in participation, the Monumental Kids Movement saw improvement in the students' aerobic capacity. The Fitnessgram PACER Test, a multi-stage running capacity test, was conducted on the students at the beginning and end of the program. A comparison of the results shows an average increase of over two points.

The Monumental Kids Movement also wants kids to establish healthy eating habits. A survey was conducted on over 600 students at the start and finish of the program. The results showed increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in consumption of sodas. For those interested, click here to read the results of the survey. Also check out the performance progress report that includes letters from some of the participants.


The Monumental Kids Movement is a collaborative partnership with the following organizations;

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