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Carmel Marathon Weekend date change pays off

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Scott Leslie of Rutland, Mass., nears the finish line in first place at the Carmel Marathon with a time of 2:24:46. (Photo by Ann Marie Shambaugh)

More than 4,000 runners and walkers participated in the eighth annual Carmel Marathon Weekend, which included a marathon, half marathon, 8K and 5K. The field represented 43 states and four nations, representing the largest field to date.

The marathon saw a 64 percent increase in participants from last year. Fifty-one percent of the more than 1,000 finishers came from out of state. The half marathon saw an 11 percent increase in finishers.

“It was definitely a risk to move our date forward a few weeks, but it’s safe to say it paid off for ‘Carmel Marathon 2.0’,” said Todd Oliver, race director and president of Carmel Road Racing Group. “The increase in participation was directly related to the new date on the calendar, proven by the big attendance jump of out-of-state runners. The weather cooperated and runners enjoyed our new course.”

Multi-year marathon winner, current full marathon course record holder and past half marathon champion Jesse Davis of Indianapolis also broke the unofficial world record for pushing a wheelchair in the half marathon. He finished the half marathon in 1:19:23 along with Joseph Maley Foundation athlete Kiara Lee.

For full results visit CarmelMarathon.com.

OVERALL WINNERS

Carmel Marathon

Scott Leslie (Rutland, Mass.) 2:24:46

Kelby Laughner (Indianapolis, Ind.) 2:48:51

Carmel Half Marathon

Japhet Kipkoech (Louisville, Ky.) 1:05:40

Rachael Brewer (Tuscola, Ill.) 1:18:28

Indiana Spine Group 8K

John Mascari (Terre Haute, Ind.) 23:59

Katie Kerr (Zionsville, Ind.) 30:13

Indiana Members Credit Union 5K

Gordy Aiken (Carmel, Ind.) 17:09

Paige Woods (Indianapolis, Ind.) 19:37

2-Person Marathon Relay

The Arnolds (Carmel, Ind.) 4:09:41

4-Person Marathon Relay

Meshingomesia Track Club (Noblesville, Ind.) 2:41:47


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