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The marathon and half-marathon kicked off during the early morning of April 20. Even with temperatures in the 30s, the participants were ready to run. (Photos by Christian Sorrell)

The marathon and half-marathon kicked off during the early morning of April 20. Even with temperatures in the 30s, the participants were ready to run. (Photos by Christian Sorrell)

On April 20, more than 3,500 runners from 39 different states and six countries took part in the third annual Carmel Marathon. Runner Jesse Davis won the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 49 seconds, beating his previous course record. In 2012, Davis also won the Carmel Marathon and in 2011, he won the Carmel Half-marathon. George Towett won this year’s half-marathon with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 46 seconds. Pius Nyantika won the KeyBank 8K with a time of 24 minutes and 1 second. Team Honey Badger won the marathon relay with a time of two hours, 33 minutes and 52 seconds.

The runner recovery area just past the finish line was filled with cookies, drinks, fruit and more for runners to grab after completing the 26.2 mile run.

The runner recovery area just past the finish line was filled with cookies, drinks, fruit and more for runners to grab after completing the 26.2 mile run.

For more results and information on this year’s Carmel Marathon, visit www.carmelmarathon.com.

Robert Klawans of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Kelly McGovern of Bartlet, Ill., participated in the half-marathon. “We did a little slower than we would have liked, but the course was tough!” said Klawans.

Robert Klawans of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Kelly McGovern of Bartlet, Ill., participated in the half-marathon. “We did a little slower than we would have liked, but the course was tough!” said Klawans.

Several tables were covered with medals for all of the day’s events in preparation for the runners’ return.

Several tables were covered with medals for all of the day’s events in preparation for the runners’ return.

Mike Ferguson of Fishers ran the Keybank 8k with his dog, Max. “He loves coming out, getting to run and see everybody,” Ferguson said. “He could probably run it again!”

Mike Ferguson of Fishers ran the Keybank 8k with his dog, Max. “He loves coming out, getting to run and see everybody,” Ferguson said. “He could probably run it again!”

Jesse Davis catching the banner as he takes first place at this year’s marathon.

Jesse Davis catching the banner as he takes first place at this year’s marathon.

Davis, just minutes after crossing the finish line.

Davis, just minutes after crossing the finish line.

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