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Indy Marathon Announces Changes to Event

29 Oct, 2019


Beyond Monumental is excited to announce that three-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor will be in attendance at several events at the 2019 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon race weekend, taking place November 7-9, 2019.

Prior to race day, Kastor will attend the Monumental Shake Out Run and be on site and speaking at the Monumental Health and Fitness Expo. She will also participate as a pace group leader for the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on Saturday, November 9.

Deena Kastor, one of the most accomplished American road runners in history, is a three-time Olympian, 12-time National Champion and currently holds the American Record in the Marathon (2:19:36). In 2004, she ended a 20-year medal drought for U.S. women in the Olympic marathon when she won the bronze medal in Athens, Greece.

She has won both the Chicago Marathon and London Marathon and has held American records in distances from 5K to the marathon.  Her recent book, “Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory” focuses on her experience with mental training and how her attitude ultimately helped her succeed.

“We’re thrilled to have an athlete of such caliber join us at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon,” said Jed Cornforth, Executive Director, Beyond Monumental, “Deena’s remarkable accomplishments are second-to-none, but more importantly her ability to translate her experiences into relatable, helpful advice for all runners, regardless of their goals, is an asset to all of our participants on race weekend.”

I'm really excited to be a part of the Monumental Race Weekend,” said Kastor, “From cheering for all those participating, taking part in the Monumental Shake Out Run, visiting with all my running friends at the expo, and finally, on race day,  leading a pace group, there is nowhere I’d rather be than at this scenic and festive event.”

Deena Kastor Schedule
Friday, November 8
6:00 AM – Monumental Shake Out Run (Location TBD)
2:30 PM – Speaking at Monumental Health & Fitness Expo

Saturday, November 9
8:00 AM – Pace Group Leader for CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon

The 2019 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has sold out for the past seven consecutive years. The 12th annual event takes place on 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 $1,000,000 in 10 years. The CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is a top 20 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. www.beyondmonumental.org

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