Record number of runners to race in Monumental Marathon Saturday

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A record number of runners will race in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Saturday. The sixth annual race includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K and a Kids Fun Run. More than 13,000 runners are registered.

Franciscan St. Francis Health is presenting the marathon. CEO Bob Brody said having an event like this in Indianapolis helps make the entire community healthier.

“You don’t just decide to run a marathon, you prepare to run a marathon. There are conditioning programs all over the city we sponsor some here at St. Francis. Most people find it to be a very rewarding experience, you get to feeling better about yourself, find that you have more energy,” said Brody.

Part of the registration costs for the race goes toward two causes. The Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation will receive $90,000 and the non-profit organization College Summit, which helps high schools raise their college enrollment rates, will get $30,000.

The public is encouraged to line the route Saturday morning and cheer on the runners. Drivers in and around downtown Indianapolis should also be aware of street closures.