THE APEX BENEFITS MONUMENTAL KIDS MOVEMENT IS A SCHOOL-BASED RUNNING CLUB POWERED BY A HEALTH AND WELLNESS CURRICULUM.
MOTIVATORS LEAD STUDENTS THROUGH THE SEVEN-NINE-WEEK PROGRAM THAT EDUCATES YOUTH ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE, PROPER DIET, AND HEALTHY LIVING. THIS FALL, STUDENTS WILL COMPLETE THE INDY HALF MARATHON AT FORT BEN 5K OR THE APEX BENEFITS MONUMENTAL KIDS 5K.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP BEYOND MONUMENTAL FOSTER A LIFELONG LOVE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE NEXT GENERATION?
Did You Know? Proceeds from the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and other Beyond Monumental events support our innovative program, the Apex Benefits Monumental Kids Movement (MKM).
This #GivingTuesday give the gift of health & well-being by supporting Beyond Monumental and the Apex Benefits MKM program as we partner with local schools and educate Indianapolis students about the benefits of exercise, proper diet, and healthy living!
Your support and participation in our events provides students in our program with the tools to live a healthy, active lifestyle and achieve things they never thought possible!
In 2021, Apex Benefits became the title sponsor for the Apex Benefits Monumental Kids Movement. A total of 884 students from 33 schools in 3 Marion County school districts participated in the program. 328 students crossed the 5K finish line at the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben and 556 students crossed the finish line at 20 school and district-hosted races.
In 2020, the Monumental Kids Movement was retooled to fit schools’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Beyond Monumental Team created training videos to pair with the program curriculum that was provided to 13,000 K-8 students enrolled in Indianapolis Public Schools.
In 2019, the Monumental Kids Movement had more than 2,500 students from 55 schools participate in the program, and received support from 425 volunteers. 1,571 students crossed the finish line for the 5K at the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben or the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K.
In 2018, the Monumental Kids Movement expanded in Marion County with the MSD of Pike Township participating in the program for the first time. 1,719 students and 437 volunteers from 58 programs participated in the 5K at the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben or the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K. Participating programs included 40 schools in Center Township, 13 schools in MSD Lawrence Township, 2 schools in MSD of Pike Township, 2 schools in MSD of Washington Township, and 1 program from MSD of Wayne Township.
In 2017, the Monumental Kids Movement saw a record number of programs and graduates! 1,739 students and 422 volunteers from 61 programs participated in either the 5K at the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben presented by Wild Eggs or the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K presented by Chipotle. Participating programs included 45 schools in Center Township, 12 schools in MSD Lawrence Township, 2 schools in MSD Wayne Township, and 2 schools in MSD of Washington Township.
In 2016, the Monumental Kids Movement had a record 1,337 students graduate and participate in the 5K at the Indianapolis Half Marathon or the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K. The program served students across Marion County for the first time with 37 schools in Center Township, 15 schools in MSD Lawrence Township, and 2 schools in MSD Wayne Township.
In 2015, the Monumental Kids Movement saw its growth reach an all-time high of 962 graduates and more than 1,000 participating students. In its fourth year it also had a record number of participating programs with 35 throughout Center Township.
In 2014, the Monumental Kids Movement increase graduates by 15%. In just three years, the IMM youth running program has grown from a pilot program at IPS Super School 19 to 31 participating schools. The inaugural program culminated with 150 students running the Monumental 5k.
Along with the successful growth in participation, the Monumental Kids Movement saw improvement in the students' aerobic capacity. The Fitnessgram PACER Test, a multi-stage running capacity test, was conducted on the students at the beginning and end of the program. A comparison of the results shows a 12% increase of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone.
The Monumental Kids Movement also wants kids to establish healthy eating habits. A survey was conducted of over 680 students at the start and finish of the program. The results showed increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in consumption of soda.
On March 17, 2014, Monumental Kids Movement students gave their medals to patients at Riley Children's Hospital as part of the Medals4Mettle program.
In 2013, the Pre and Post Pacer Test for the Monumental Kids Movement saw an 8.7% increase in Pacer Test scores for over 1,100 fourth - eighth grade students. Educational initiatives were also a success, as the Pre and Post eating survey showed positive behavioral results: students reporting having consumed any "salad or green vegetable" the previous day increased from 57% to 75%, and students reporting eating fruit the previous day increased from 54% to 92%. Likewise, students indicating that they had consumed at least one dairy product the previous day increased from 76% to 84%.