Executive Director Blake Boldon is leaving Beyond Monumental. He will become the associate athletic director in charge of the Drake Relays at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The Drake Relays are considered one of the top track and field events in the United States. When Boldon began in 2012, he started as a single employee for the November race and helped build it into today’s non-profit organization with six staff members that hosts the Monumental Mile in June, the Indianapolis Half Marathon and 5K in October and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run in November. Additionally, under Boldon’s leadership, the organization rebranded its parent organization into Beyond Monumental, to better reflect its other initiatives. The Monumental was first run in 2008 and has grown exponentially in its first eight years. The ninth running occurs this year on November 5 and is expected to attract up to 19,000 participants. Now one of the 20 largest marathons in the US, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is the ideal fall marathon for everyone from the first time marathon runner to elite athletes. Nationally recognized as flat and fast, this event has hosted Olympians, PR seekers, and thousands of Boston Marathon qualifiers. Boldon will remain at Beyond Monumental through November to ensure the 2016 event weekend is successful. A nationwide search for Boldon’s replacement is underway.

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