Awards & Accolades

Indianapolis is a world-class city and Beyond Monumental hosts world-class races. Here are a number of reasons why Indy and Beyond Monumental should be your top race resource.


Awards & Accolades

IM Qualifies for the USA Today Sports Active Alliance


10 Great Marathons for First-Timers

Runner’s World

One of The 15 Fastest Fall Marathons to Earn a BQ – #12

Daily Burn

Best Marathon in Indiana

Vacation Home Rentals, Trip Advisor

7th most competitive marathon women’s field of 2014

Runner’s World

10 Best Races to Qualify for the Boston Marathon


Best Marathons in Indiana

Runners Goal

One of the Best Races to do with your Kids


One of the top 10 Boston qualifiers

Running USA

Top 9 Best New Marathons

Runner’s World

One of the 9 Marathons That Push the Envelope


Coolrunning.com Featured Event

Cool Running

“One of the best in America, period. The swag you will receive is excellent, the expo is tremendous, the downtown race location is ideal for an out-of-towner and the fairly flat, scenic course is optimal for a personal best.”

Lance Bergeson, DesMoinesRegister.com

Best Marathon in Indiana

Race Raves

Best Boston Marathon Qualifying Races

Race Raves


City Way (& The Alexandar) – The Country’s Best Hotel Art Installations to See Right Now

Travel and Leisure

Indiana State Capitol – Indiana is one of the few states in the nation that has all three branches of government operating out of the historic state capitol building


Chatham Tap on Mass Ave – Named one of the top 10 sports bars in the U.S.

USA Today

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Ranked the #1 museum for families in the country

USA Today

Arts Garden – Engineering Award of Excellence National Winner – 1998

Modern Steel

Lucas Oil Stadium – “Retractable Roof is first, and largest, of its kind”

Lucas Oil Stadium – 2009 Sports Facility of the Year

Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal

Lucas Oil Stadium – Site of Super Bowl XLVI

Lucas Oil Stadium – 2011-2015 Big Ten Football Championship Games

Lucas Oil Stadium – 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship (again in 2015)

Eli Lilly – 2014 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”

Human Rights Campaign

Eli Lilly – 2014 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”


Butler University – 2013 Top-Ranked Regional Universities in the Midwest – #2

US News & World Report

Indianapolis Museum of Art – 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Eli Lilly – 2013 100 Best Companies

Working Mother

Eli Lilly – 2013 Best-Adoption Friendly Workplace – Top 100

Dave Thomas Foundation

Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 2014 Men’s and Women’s Big10 Conference Championships (again in 2016)

Cultural Trail – 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award:Public Space

International Downtown Association

Cultural Trail – Bold Moves and Brave Actions

Project for Public Spaces

Cultural Trail – 2012 Monumental Affair Award

Indy Chamber


Franciscan Health – 2012-2014 – Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence


Franciscan Health – Number 1 in Indiana for overall cardiac services

Franciscan Health

Apex Benefits – 2011-2014 – Best Places to Work in Indiana – Top 10, Small Employer Category

Best Places to Work in Indiana

Apex Benefits – 2013 – Fit Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement

American Heart Association


One of the top 20 cities for young professionals


Best Places for Business and Careers – #8


The Worlds Most Livable Cities


Next Top 10 cities for Tech Jobs – #6

Fast Company

One of the Top 10 Cities for Wildlife in 2015

National Wildlife Federation

Top 10 Best Downtowns in 2015 – #3


One of the Best Vacation Spots in 2015

Men’s Health

Nation’s Top 10 Busiest Submarkets – #8

Property Management Insider

Best in the US – #6

Lonely Planet

2014 Best Airports in America – #1

Conde Nast Traveler

Top 10 most dazzling Christmas trees


The 20 Best US Cities For Culture #2

Business Insider

Best Cities to See from a Bicycle Seat


52 Places to Go in 2014, Indy #34

New York Times

USA’s Best Convention City

USA Today

Indy Rocks!

New York Post

10 Best Cities for Families to Visit

Parents Magazine

America’s Coolest Street Art

Travel + Leisure

7 Walkable Cities, Indy – #1

Rejuvenate Magazine

“Even when it’s not hosting the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day weekend, this bustling metropolis is still running at top speed.”

ALIVE Magazine

“Without a doubt, Indianapolis has demonstrated that any sports event is not only welcome but will be well taken care of and remembered.”

Sports Travel Magazine

“Indianapolis is a vibrant destination with much to offer meeting groups, and now it is easier than ever to access the city’s various points of interest, thanks to the 7.5-mile, $63 million Indianapolis Cultural Trail.”

Meetings Focus

“This is a terrific American city, a worthy city, a city of hidden charms and historical significance.”

New York Post

“Indianapolis is one of those places that residents don’t want the masses to know about, lest they spoil its perfect blend of bustle and easygoing Midwest mentality that makes it such a livable and lovely city.”


Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014, #3


A Best City to View from a Bicycle Seat: “This bustling heartland metropolis is going out of its way to cater to cyclists, both local and visiting.”


Cultural Trail recognized as the Biggest and Boldest Step by Any American City: “Indianapolis, whose name is synonymous with speeding cars, is building world-class facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians right through the heart of downtown.”

Project for Public Spaces

Best Airport in North America 2013

Airports Council International

Most Walkable Downtown in America

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Voted Best Museum for Families

USA Today

See the full list at VisitIndy.