Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

( 61 reviews )
98% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Indianapolis,
    United States
  • November
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Javier Mere

Chicago, Illinois, United States
9 6
"Looking for a PR, look no further!"
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Javier Mere's thoughts:

If your new year's resolution is to PR in the fall, look no further than Indy. I live in Chicago and have run Chicago for many years, and I can confirm what others told me about Indy - the extra 4 weeks of training makes for a better chance of cooler temps than early Oct in the Midwest!
11/3/2018 could not have been a better day to run. Starting temps were in high 30s and 2 mi wind. Access to the start line is incredibly easy. I was in corral A and knowing the race has about 15k runners, I was a little worried about being able to get to the front of the pack. I was able to walk straight to the front of the corral 15 min before gun time , do a couple of strides where the elites did theirs and get ready to go.
Note that the HM course is the same as the full marathon for the first 7 miles. It's important to be aware of this because your pace may be off as people sprint pass you the first miles. If you're looking to OQ or BQ, there are pacers for both.
The course is flat and loops around the city. It has some small rolling hills in the middle between miles 12 and 18 and then a big downhill in mile 19 and then all flat to the finish. It goes through neighborhoods. Crowds are not bad, but they are not like in Chicago, NYC, or Boston.
Runner reunite was fairly easy and convenient at the finish line. We stayed at the Hilton and getting back to and from the hotel was super easy!

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