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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Marathon proceeds donated to charities at tonight’s IPS board meeting

INDIANAPOLIS – Outstanding volunteers, sponsors and nearly 3,500 runners from 43 states and seven countries made last year’s inaugural Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon a success – and now others are poised to benefit from the event.

Proceeds totaling $25,750 will be donated tonight to several charities associated with Indianapolis Public Schools: IPS Education Foundation, Mind Trust and College Summit.

Tonight’s ceremony will be held in the IPS Board of Education meeting room at the Indianapolis Public School Administration building 120 E. Walnut St.

A short ceremony gets under way tonight (March 17) at 6:45 p.m. with IMM President Carlton Ray and IPS Superintendent Eugene White,

“These three charities improve the quality of life for IPS students and the schools, and we’re excited to be able to support their missions with proceeds from the IMM,” said Ray.

“The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is a wonderful event and we’re privileged to be asked to part of it,” said White.

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is the title sponsor of the IMM, which also includes a half marathon of 13.1 miles.

“The marathon is an excellent way to promote health and wellness and is an outstanding opportunity to support children in the Indianapolis Public Schools,” said St. Francis CEO Robert J. Brody

The 2009 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon will be held on Nov. 7The urban courses are sanctioned and certified by the standards of USA Track and Field, the national body of road racing, with the marathon course serving as a qualifier for the 2010 and 2011 Boston Marathon.

To learn more about the event, its supported charities and its organization, go to

For more information about St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers visit