Monumental Marathon back in person after going virtual in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Monumental Marathon runners took off at 8 a.m. Saturday for the 14th annual marathon, half marathon and 5K. 

Last year’s event was held virtually due to COVID-19.

Over 13,000 people were expected to participate and staff with Beyond Monumental are keeping COVID-19 in the back of their minds.

“We actually spaced out the start line and staging area so we can get everyone through appropriately,” Jed Cornforth, executive director at Beyond Monumental, said. “And we basically took out some elements like inside tents for Saturday afternoon just to help it be more open and fresh air and everything.”

Dane Mize, a runner in the marathon this year, says his first Monumental Race was in 2018.

“This one is going to be particularly fun because my entire family is running. My daughter will be running with me. She’s 12. My wife’s running with me. My father-in-law’s running it with me. This one’s going to be a unique experience,” Mize said.

Mize says he ran five to six days a week for the past 18 months to train for the race.