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MONUMENTAL STORIES

12/25/13 - Season of Giving for the Monumental

by the IMM

More Than Just a Race

If you see a few more 2013 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) hats around this winter, here's why: This week the Monumental Marathon donated more than one thousand of winter hats to local charities.

Youth-serving organizations School on Wheels, Hawthorne Community Center, and Concord Neighborhood Center were recipients of the hats, and the IMM is thrilled to be able to add a little something to help keep kids warm this winter. In addition, organizations that provide direct services to families and veterans received hats as well, including Dove Recovery House, Wheeler MIssion, the Julian Center, Horizon House and HVAF (Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation.)

These donations are made possible with the support of Franciscan St. Francis Health and Apex Benefits. Hundreds of additional hats were shared with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services through Franciscan St. Francis Health to help keep emergency personnel warm while serving the community.

Nearly 14,000 registrants and 11,500 finishers left for a surplus of the hats, and giving back to the community that has embraced this event was a natural fit.

Pine Tree Elementary School Movers & Shakers Pine Tree Elementary Movers & Shakers The IMM has given back in other ways as well. 2,000 finisher medals from the 2011 races were donated earlier this year to the Indiana Sports Corporation's Geared for Health program. This outstanding program collects donated sports equipment and distributes it to underserved local young athletes.

Promoting exercise as a way to relieve stress, feel good and have fun is the goal of the Pine Tree Elementary School Movers and Shakers club, part of the Avon Community School Corporation. Some of the medals in the Geared for Health donation went to these fabulous kids in recognition of their efforts and commitment to exercise. Monumental medals on students go a long way in empowering our mission of combating childhood obesity. Job well done!

Lastly, we were thrilled to have Bankers Life Fieldhouse as our arena to showcase the wonderful work being done right in our own community. The IPS Education Foundation, Simon Youth Foundation and College Summit all received checks from the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon at the Indiana Pacers home opener in October.

IMM Check Presentation 2013
IMM Check Presentation 2013

Our positive community impact is a direct result of the wonderful support of our participants, volunteers and sponsors. Thank you!