Thousands of behind the scenes volunteers make the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon such a success. Here are a few of their stories.
10/1/14 - Franciscan St. Francis Health
Our volunteer of the month goes to our longtime partner, Franciscan St. Francis Health. About eight years ago, they believed in our mission and vision, joined our cause and continue to be our presenting sponsor today. From the beginning, Franciscan St. Francis Health has provided a variety means of support, but perhaps the most significant is a fully dedicated medical team of more than 200 doctors, nurses, athletic trainers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and general staff, headed by Jeffrey M. Peterson, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., medical director of the Franciscan St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Center.
"I am very proud of our team," said Dr. Peterson. "Their expertise in planning, preparing and executing an event of this type and size, from a safety and medical perspective, reminds me of why I chose to work for Franciscan St. Francis Health," he said. "You couldn't ask for a more dedicated group of medical professionals who truly care about their work and the people they serve," he added.
Their medical team's commitment to assist runners throughout the course and at the finish line is top notch. Their expert team is prepared to tend to participants' health needs from start to finish. However, preparing for such a task isn't easy. The team meets regularly months in advance, leading up to the Expo which you'll find loads of information about everything from cold weather training to runner's toe to proper nutrition the night before the race. And speaking of the night before the race, the team comes together to pack, deliver and setup supplies. The morning of the race is go-time. Early risers gather to setup the remaining supplies in the medical tents and in the triage area, while others go to their designated medical stations out on the course to do the same. You'll also find their staff helping with opening ceremonies at the start line, interacting with the media, and taking photos. In addition, their team of athletic trainers are busy riding bikes to their designated areas that they cover on the course. Once the race begins, you'll find them cheering on the participants and waiting at the finish line with medals and refreshments.
As they say, "it takes a village to raise a child," and without Franciscan St. Francis Health, we couldn't pull off such a successful and growing event year after year. So thank you, Franciscan St. Francis Health, for your love of the race, your commitment, your expertise and your energizing spirit! For more about Franciscan St. Francis Health, visit FranciscanStFrancis.org.
9/1/14 - Kellie Stewart
We would like to recognize Kellie Stewart as our volunteer of the month. Kellie served as the Entertainment Coordinator for the IMM from 2010 to 2013. Kellie was tasked with coordinating the entertainment acts and their locations on the course. She spent several hours prior to the event scouting new and current locations to best place the large variety of entertainment groups.
Kellie enjoys many aspects of the IMM. She continually looks forward to the atmosphere on event day, "I love the IMM race day! It's an exciting, fun and inspiring day full of stories and amazing moments. I really enjoy meeting the entertainers along the race course and watching the runners cross the finish line. It's incredibly rewarding to work with all the entertainers and hosts to provide music, fun and inspiration to the runners."
Outside of event weekend Kellie is a strong supporter of the IMM's community involvement, "I love that the IMM gives back to the community and specifically to IPS. I am a Broad Ripple High School graduate and truly appreciate the focus the IMM has on encouraging the young people of Indianapolis to stay active and healthy."
Thank you Kellie for your continued commitment to the IMM!
If you would like more information on becoming a Monumental Entertainer or hosting an entertainment act, please contact, Entertainment Coordinator, Holly Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/1/14 - Gerry & Don St. Peters
Gerry & Don St. Peters We would like to recognize Don and Gerry St. Peters as our volunteers of the month. Don and Gerry have volunteered at several of the past Indianapolis Monumental Marathons as well as the inaugural Monumental Mile. Over the years they have served in various roles which include working at water stations, packet pick-up, and awards.
In addition to volunteering for the IMM, Don and Gerry also volunteer with the Indiana Sports Corp., Amateur Junior Golf Association, Future Farmers of America, and at several other local running events. They enjoy volunteering at events such as the IMM because of their interactions with the other volunteers, participants, and everyone involved.
When the St. Peters are not volunteering for local events, Don enjoys playing golf, serving on the St. Lawrence Parish Council, and is an active member of the St. Louis University and Delta Sigma Phi Alumni groups. While Gerry enjoys spending her time gardening. She is active in garden club on the local, statewide, national, and international levels.
Thank you Don and Gerry for your continued commitment to the IMM!
If you would like to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, please contact our, Community Outreach Manager, Casey Collins, at email@example.com.
7/1/14 - JR Linne
We would like to recognize JR Linne as our volunteer of the month. JR serves as the Co-Chair of the Monumental Advisory Committee after joining in 2013. At the 2013 IMM JR helped organize and serve as the main point of contact for the Finish Line Row. At the inaugural Monumental Mile JR served as the day-of point of contact for all vendors.
JR volunteers because he has a passion for endurance sports. He has seen how transformative training and crossing the finish line can be for people and wants as many people to have that experience as possible. JR said, "I believe in the mission of the IMM and the impact it has already had on IPS. I also wanted to get involved in an organization that does so much to give back locally and will not only make an impact in the students and lives of the runners but a huge economic impact to Indianapolis."
In addition to volunteering for the IMM, JR also volunteers with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, ExactWellness, Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Sigma Kappa.
Thank you JR for your continued commitment to Medals4Mettle and the IMM!
6/1/14 - IPS Students & Staff
We would like to recognize Indianapolis Public School students and staff as our volunteer of the month. In the past two years over 750 IPS students and staff members have filled a variety of volunteer roles during the IMM Health and Fitness Expo and Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. The variety of roles include the preparation and distribution of participant packets, finish line set-up, start line set-up, finish line/ runners services, and as course marshals along the course.
Thank you to the students and staff from Arsenal Technical High School, Broad Ripple Magnet High School for Arts & Humanities, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, George Washington Community High School, H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle School, John Marshall Community High School, Northwest Community High School, and Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy for your continued commitment to the IMM!
It's our mission to support these students and all those enrolled in public schools throughout Indianapolis. We love their help and it's been exciting to have them contribute.
5/1/14 - Sally Powell
We would like to recognize Sally Powell as our volunteer of the month. Sally is the Medals4Mettle Coordinator for the Indianapolis Chapter. In her six years as a volunteer for Medals4Mettle she has collected thousands of medals from local events and gifted them to patients at area children's hospitals.
Sally enjoys the time she spends in the hospitals with the patients. "To see the looks in the patients' eyes makes me thankful for what Medals4Mettle is all about," Powell said.
Medals4Mettle's mission is to provide an opportunity for endurance athletes and runners to pay it forward by enabling the gifting and awarding of earned medals to others who demonstrate similar mettle, or courage, as they face life's challenges.
The IMM and Medals4Mettle have partnered together since 2012. In 2013, 23 participants of the Monumental Kids Movement wrote letters and/or donated their finisher's medal to M4M to be given to patients at Riley Children's Hospital. (VIDEO)
Sally will be collecting medals this Saturday at the Mini-Marathon in the Indy Runners tent located in Running Club Village. She will also be volunteering at the inaugural Monumental Mile on June 5th.
Thank you Sally for your continued commitment to Medals4Mettle and the IMM!
4/1/14 - Emily Horn
Emily & her husband, Ben Horn We'd like to recognize Emily Horn as our volunteer of the month. In 2013, Emily served as the Co-Entertainment Coordinator for the IMM. Emily coordinated the entertainment acts and their locations on the course. She spent several hours prior to the event scouting new and current locations to best place a large variety of entertainment groups. Emily also designed and implemented the entertainment packet pick-up at the IMM Health and Fitness Expo.
Emily enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how the IMM is planned and executed. One of her favorite moments of the event was being near the finish line to see everyone cross and the mixed emotions they had.
Emily has volunteered with Girls on The Run, a run for a cause partner of the IMM. She enjoys the mission of helping young girls grow in confidence and self-esteem, through running. The excitement they share once they have completed their first 5K is inspiring to her.
3/1/14 - Artie & Erica Stevens
We would like to recognize Artie & Erica Stevens as our volunteers of the month. This past year Artie and Erica staffed the t-shirt exchange at the IMM Health and Fitness Expo. The first time IMM volunteers enjoyed meeting new people, making sure the participants had the proper t-shirt, and seeing their excitement.
Artie and Erica are no strangers to volunteering. They also give time to the Wheeler Mission Ministries Drumstick Dash, Center for Women and Children, and Indy Metro Church. Artie and Erica volunteer within the children's ministry at Indy Metro Church, which is an IMM Run for A Cause Charity Partner.
Thank you Artie & Erica for your commitment to the IMM!
2/1/14 - Phil Dant
We would like to recognize Phil Dant as our volunteer of the month. In the past four years Phil has filled a variety of volunteer roles during the IMM Health and Fitness Expo as well as on event day. Over the years those roles include the preparation and distribution of participant packets, working in the results tent, at the finish line, and helping at a water station on the course.
Phil is an avid volunteer for several groups including the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana Sports Corp., Visit Indy, 500 Festival, The Eiteljorg Museum, Special Olympics Indiana, Heartland Film Festival, Gleaners Food Bank, Visiting Nurse Service, Inc, and USA Track & Field.
He has volunteered at many different events throughout the years with some of the more memorial being the 2012 Super Bowl, USA Track & Field National Championships, and several Special Olympic events.
Check out this video of Phil's contributions to Super Bowl XLVI here in Indy (2012)
XLVI Faces: Phil Dant, Promotions Committee
Thank you Phil for your continued commitment to the IMM and the entire Indianapolis community!
1/2/14 - Ann Berkemeier
We would like to recognize Ann Berkemeier as our volunteer of the month. Ann has been with the IMM from the beginning as she has volunteered for all six event weekends. Throughout the years she has filled several roles at packet pick-up and on event day. In 2013 she helped with packet pick-up set up and packet pick-up at the two day IMM Health and Fitness Expo as well as Gear Check on Saturday morning.
In addition to volunteering for the IMM, Ann volunteers at her church, St. Mark Catholic Church, the St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry, and several other endurance events that raise funds for charitable causes. She is inspired by those who participate in the races and feels this is one way she can contribute to the cause.
Outside of volunteering Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, Art, their four children and three grandchildren. She's also an avid walker who gets in 5 1/2 miles each morning.
Thank you Ann for your continued commitment to the IMM!
12/11/13 - Anthony Williams
We would like to recognize Anthony Williams as our volunteer of the month. Anthony volunteered over 18 hours of his time at the two day IMM Health and Fitness Expo in 2013. His duties included serving as Volunteer Check-in Coordinator as well as helping coordinate the logistics for the preparation of participant packets.
In addition to volunteering for the IMM, Anthony has been a volunteer for IMM charity partner Back on My Feet since 2011. He currently serves as the Team Organizer for their Wheeler Mission Team. He has also been involved with the Miss America organization for over 10 years, serving in numerous capacities.
Anthony is an avid runner who has completed one marathon and several half marathons including the last three IMM half marathons. He is currently preparing for his second full marathon in the spring of 2014.
Earlier in 2013, Anthony had a Monumental Story of his own when The Huffington Post featured an article detailing how his passion for running helped him lose over 100 pounds. Read the entire story here.
Thank you Anthony for your commitment to the IMM and good luck with your continued preparation for a spring marathon!
11/20/13 - Volunteer Appreciation, Recognition & Celebration
The 2013 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was a success thanks to the approximately 2,000 volunteers who selflessly gave of their time, talent and energy to ensure that our runners and walkers had a first class experience.
Earlier this year we started the tradition of recognizing a "Volunteer of the Month" but in November we have almost 2,000 Volunteers of the Month.
From filling water cups, rolling commemorative posters, cleaning garbage or simply giving a high five, they made the Monumental Marathon a possibility. Tonight we were able to recognize and show our appreciation for these fantastic groups and individuals at our 2013 IMM Volunteer Appreciation Party. We were fortunate to host the celebration at the Rhythm! Discovery Center where volunteers were treated to music from the outstanding Skyfall Steel Orchestra, delicious food and treats from PEARings: Frozen Yogurt and Beyond and cold beverages from Flat 12 Bierworks.
Join us in thanking them for all they do to make our event special for our participants. Of particular note are our Water Stop Spirit Award Winners. Our two-time defending champions, Cardinal Ritter High School Cross Country returned to the winner's podium but this time in third place. Congratulations to our three winners:
First Place - International School
Second Place - Roncalli Track & Field
Third Place - Cardinal Ritter Cross Country
For a special sneak peak of the fun our volunteers had with the Skyfall Steel Orchestra tonight, check out our short YouTube video:
2013 IMM Volunteer Party Sneak Peak
10/2/13 - Chuck & Diane Little
We would like to recognize Dr. Charles and Dianne Little as our volunteers of the month. Dr. and Mrs. Little have volunteered in a variety of roles since 2009 including the set-up of elite athlete aid stations, elite athlete pre-race coordination, the set-up of entertainment along the course, and helped answer any questions our participants may have while serving as "Ask Me" volunteers.
Dr. Little is an avid runner who is participating in his 9th Columbus Marathon and his 11th overall this fall. Dianne enjoys participating in local 5ks and half marathons. Dr. and Mrs. Little also have a passion for education as Dr. Little has worked as a teacher, principal and Superintendent of Schools since 1969. He currently is a clinical professor at Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis in the IU School of Education.
9/2/13 - Coach Rick Ford
This month we would like to recognize the efforts of Coach Rick Ford. He and his Cardinal Ritter cross country team have staffed water station R on the marathon course since 2010. Since taking over the water station on 30th St. they have provided a party like atmosphere that very few rival as they have won the water station spirit competition the last two years.
Between Rick's passion for distance running and teaching his team the importance of volunteering, the Monumental water station experience has turned into a tradition for the Cardinal Ritter cross country team. They have become so committed to the IMM and our cause that in 2013 the athletes volunteering on Nov 2 could potentially miss some teammates competing at the state cross country meet on the same day.
8/2/13 - Teresa Altemeyer
Our inaugural volunteer of the month is Teresa Altemeyer. She and her husband Don have hosted a band in the front yard of their home on Washington Blvd since the Monumental started in 2008. In addition to supporting the Monumental in this capacity, they share our passion for supporting public education in Indianapolis. Both have been long time supporters of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) including having a daughter who taught and is currently a principal within IPS. Teresa, a wonderful artist, has hosted all types of bands from punk rock to a group of teenage flutists. Teresa invites neighbors over to cheer Monumental runners and walkers as they go past their beautiful home on mile eleven of the marathon. Their informal neighborhood cheer station has grown to a race day celebration of over 100 supporters. Her enthusiasm for the Monumental and our mission of supporting IPS is unsurpassed. Thank you Teresa!
If you would like more information on becoming a Monumental Volunteer or if you would like to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, please contact our, Community Outreach Manager, Casey Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.