Beyond Monumental Donates $65,000 to Central Indiana Youth
INDIANAPOLIS – The 9th running of the Indianapolis Monumental Mile took place Wednesday evening on Monument Circle to celebrate Global Running Day and promote a healthy and active lifestyle in Indianapolis and surrounding communities. Recreational runners, families, dogs and their owners, and elite runners alike challenged themselves on the new one-mile course that concluded at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument with refreshments, food, and celebration.
During the festivities, Beyond Monumental recognized 2021-2022 school year donations totaling $65,000 through its Apex Benefits Monumental Kids Movement to three local school districts; Indianapolis Public Schools, MSD of Lawrence Township, and MSD of Pike Township. In 2021, thirty-three local schools and 884 local youth participated via the program that educates young people on the benefits of exercise, proper diet, and healthy living. More than 15,500 students have participated and nearly 1.4 million dollars has been donated since the program’s inception.
In addition, the winners of the Monumental Corporate Cup were crowned. The Monumental Corporate Cup is an employer-based wellness initiative where companies compete with other similar sized companies for bragging rights, a travelling trophy and a donation to their preferred charity. The winning companies are:
· The Runners Forum (small business category)
· Apex Benefits (medium business category)
· CNO Financial Group (large business category)
2022 Indianapolis Monumental Mile Race Results:
The final two (of 10) races of the evening brought excitement to Monument Circle as champions were crowned in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Race Divisions. Benjamin Nagel was victorious in the men’s elite mile. Benjamin’s winning time of 4:10.92, edged Raymond Magut’s runner-up posting of 4:15.61. Mary Munanu finished with a time of 4:40.16 to claim the women’s elite mile title, beating out Berenice Cleyet Merle with a time of 4:41.52.
Youth Male: John Turnbull, 4:46.86
Youth Female: Taylor Tragesser, 5:31.36 (new event record)
Open Male: Mark Guyer, 4:24.46
Open Female: Abbey Warth, 5:20.33
Master’s Male: Jesse Davis, 4:34.68 (new event record)
Master’s Female: Kim Novick, 5:31.06
Lance Nelson and his pup captured the first ever Doggie Dash win in 5:33.96. The Doggie Dash benefited Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Beyond Monumental will donate $5 of every Doggie Dash registration to Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services.
Beyond Monumental’s main event, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, will have its 15th running this year on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Registration is open at monumentalmarathon.com.
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 nearly $1.4 million in 13 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 15th annual running is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2022. www.beyondmonumental.org