Athletes representing all 50 states and 12 countries from around the globe, converged in Indianapolis this morning for the 15th annual CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K.
Today’s event marked the 10th consecutive sellout of one of the country’s fastest-growing and most popular marathons. More than 50,000 spectators lined the streets of Indianapolis to cheer on participants seeking personal records and Boston Marathon qualifying times. Despite today’s less-than-ideal conditions, many fast performances were turned in including a new course record for the women’s half marathon. Lauren Hurley’s time of 1:09:49 establishes her as the fastest women’s half marathoner of the event’s 15-year history, topping last year’s record of 1:10:43.
“Today was a thrilling conclusion to our 15th Anniversary celebration,” said Jed Cornforth, Executive Director, of Beyond Monumental. “Witnessing the culmination of months of training and sacrifice was awe-inspiring. We can’t thank all of the participants, the thousands of volunteers, dozens of community partners, and the city of Indianapolis enough for making the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon one of the premier events in the country.”
“What a great day for Indiana and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon,” said Gary C. Bhojwani, Chief Executive Officer, CNO Financial Group. “It was remarkable to see the culmination of all the hard work and dedication from the thousands of participants, volunteers, and supportive family and friends. For us, this title sponsorship represents our commitments to health, well-being, and the central Indiana community – and that was on full display today. A special thank you to Mayor Joe Hogsett for his support, and we look forward to another great race next year.”
As the title sponsor of the event for the seventh consecutive year, CNO Financial Group’s commitment to health, wellness, and the central Indiana community align with Beyond Monumental’s mission to educate Indianapolis youth on the benefits of exercise, proper diet, and healthy living.