INDIANAPOLIS — Athletes representing all 50 states and 12 countries converged in Indianapolis Saturday morning for one of the nation's largest marathons.
Despite gusting wind and rain making for less-than-ideal conditions, runners raced to the finish Saturday during the 15th anniversary of the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.
Spirits were high for participants of the sold-out race, and for the more than 50,000 spectators lining the route.
The route went through the downtown area and then through some of the city's most iconic neighborhoods.
In Riverside Park, the Common Ground Urban Line Dance Group kept the energy high and runners energized with dance moves.
The marathon recorded many fast performances, 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 in 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, the 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.”
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CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon:
- Men’s Champion: Jacob Heslington, Provo, UT (2:18:56)
“This win means so much to me. My family inspired me," Heslington said. "They’ve sacrificed a lot. I work full-time and have a forty-five-minute commute each day. I’m so glad I stayed healthy, it’s just so good to have everything pay off.”
- Women’s Champion: Jennifer Pope, Plano, TX (2:37:22)
“This is amazing, I just won! I was with the pack for the longest time and then all of the sudden I was by myself. I had a great time on the course. A lot of people screaming your name, it keeps you moving. It was great,” Pope said after finishing.
CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon
- Men’s Champion: Tom Anderson, Seattle, WA (1:03:34)
- Women’s Champion: Lauren Hurley, Boulder, CO (1:09:49)
CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K
- Men’s Champion: William Bauschke. Mishawaka, IN (15:12)
- Women’s Champion: Petronela Simiuc, Toledo, OH (16:33)
Complete results can be found here.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event, set for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. It will mark the first time that the event will take place in October. Registration will open on Jan. 1, 2023, with special Monumental Resolution pricing.