CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Joins AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking Qualifying Series


INDIANAPOLIS –July 16, 2019 – Beyond Monumental is proud to announce that the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is now a member of an elite group of marathon races that form the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group World Ranking Qualifying Series, the first ever global age-group marathon ranking system.

Participants in an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race will earn points according to their age, time and gender, aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

From this ranking, the top age group runners from around the globe will qualify for a place at the second annual AbbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships which will take place in 2021. The qualifying period coincides with Series XIII of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, starting and ending at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (October 13, 2019 – October 11, 2020).

“The CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is well known for being an ideal place for exceptional performances from our participants looking to set a personal best or compete for an age-group championship,” said Jed Cornforth, Executive Director of Beyond Monumental. “Being part of this exclusive group of qualifying races will allow our incredible athletes to be highlighted and ranked on a global level.”

The spread of the selected marathon events that are part of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings creates a truly global series throughout the year, giving runners across the world the chance to be part of a new era of age group marathon running.

The 12th Annual CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will take place Saturday, November 9, 2019. Registration is open online.

About Beyond Monumental

Beyond Monumental provides the Indianapolis community with a complement of activities built around their premiere event that promotes healthy living & fitness for all ages. Beyond Monumental gives back to the Indianapolis community by supporting youth programming that reinforces healthy lifestyles for young people, with an emphasis on working with urban students and Indianapolis Public Schools, donating more than $1.3 million in 11 years. The CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is a top 15 marathon in the US and is nationally recognized by Runners’ World as one of “Ten Great Marathons for First Timers”. The 12th annual running is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2019.