Jed Cornforth Brings Experience, Enthusiasm to Growing Non-Profit
“Jed brings a wealth of knowledge of non-profit management that will be key in leading Beyond Monumental,” said Katherine Coble, president of the Beyond Monumental board of directors. “His experience with strategic planning, business development, and operations in different sports organizations will be an asset in his role as Executive Director.”
No stranger to the sport, Cornforth is an Ironman Triathlete and a marathon runner. Collegiately, Cornforth competed for Hastings College (Nebraska) in both cross country and track & field where he was a 6-time team captain. He served as a volunteer at the 2016 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and is a 6 – year board member of Bicycles for Humanity – Indiana.
On joining the organization, Cornforth said, “I’m excited to unite my passion for endurance events, business, and Indianapolis. Beyond Monumental is more than just a marathon – it serves the Indianapolis community through its support of local public education, youth fitness, and employee wellness.”
Beyond Monumental’s signature event, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, was the 18th largest marathon in the U.S. in 2016 with record participation. The event also saw its first ever title sponsor, CNO Financial Group, named earlier in 2016. Both the marathon and half marathon are among the fastest growing in the industry, and in combination with the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K and Monumental Health and Fitness Expo, the race weekend generates an estimated impact of $8.4 million (source: Visit Indy). In addition to the November event, Beyond Monumental also hosts the Monumental Mile in June, and the Indianapolis Half Marathon and 5K in October.
As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, Beyond Monumental Marathon has donated more than $825,000 to support local public education, including $150,000 in 2016 alone. The organization seeks to spread health and wellness throughout Indiana through their events, youth running program, and employee wellness program, Apex Monumental Challenge.
About Beyond Monumental
Beyond Monumental is a 501 (c)3 that provides the Indianapolis community with a complement of activities built around their premiere event that promotes healthy living & fitness for all ages (both runners and walkers.) Beyond Monumental gives back to the Indianapolis community by supporting youth programming that reinforces healthy lifestyles for young people, with an emphasis on working with urban students and Indianapolis Public Schools, donating more than $875,000 in eight years. The CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is a top 20 marathon in the US and is nationally recognized by Runners’ World as one of “Ten Great Marathons for First Timers”. The 10th annual running is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017.