Record numbers run in Monumental Marathon

Proceeds from run go to IPS charities

INDIANAPOLIS - Saturday's cold, wet weather didn't slow down thousands of runners hitting Indianapolis streets.

This year's Monumental Marathon saw record attendance, partly due to last-minute entries from some people scheduled to run in the New York City Marathon that got canceled.

Indianapolis Public Schools students passed out essentials, like fruit and water, to runners at the finish line.

"We've had a great group of folks out here and the main story at the finish line and throughout the course is just the support from the IPS students," said Monumental Marathon Executive Director Blake Bolden.

But threatening to overshadow that story were events that have taken over local and national headlines for much of the past week.

After superstorm Sandy sent millions running for their lives, city officials in New York made the controversial call to cancel of one of the country's preeminent racing events, the New York City Marathon.

"New York is the world's largest marathon. Who doesn't want to run that, right? It's kind of like a bucket-list type race," said Fort Wayne native Michael Keefer.

Keefer was scheduled to fly out Saturday to participate in the New York events, but he and more than 200 other runners were forced to trade in the Big Apple for the Circle City.

"But hey, there is more important things in life and right now the New York citizens need our help more than anything, so it's appropriate that it got canceled and I'm glad I'm here today," he said.

Proceeds from this year's race will go to help various IPS charities.

In the past five years, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has donated more than $250,000.

 

For full Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2012 results, click here .

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