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Friday, November 13, 2009

A Monumental Day for Indy

Photos by Lee Ann Abercrombie-Logan

Part of St. Francis' medical team. This group staffed the triage area.

This runner is exhilirated as she crosses the finish line on the half marathon course.

Runners await the start of the 2nd running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.

Mathew Chesang of Eau Claire, Wisc., finishes first in the marathon, trailed by last year's winner, Richard Kandie.

And the race is on. Just a few faces among the nearly 6,000 on hand for this year's race.

CEO Bob Brody and Dr. John Baldea (left) are interviewed by WISH-8 reporter Dick Wolfsie moments after the marathon participants began their journey.

Mark Rode of Indianapolis finishes first among those choosing the half marathon course.

The St. Francis medical volunteers followed the action along the marathon course.

And when the dust settled... the second running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was a success. Nearly 6,000 runners took to the city streets for the Nov. 7 event, which included a 26.2 mile trek and a half marathon.

"Truly, the marathon is a test of endurance for athletes and we are proud to return as title sponsor of this event," said St. Francis CEO Robert J. Brody, speaking at the opening ceremony. He was joined at the stage by IMM President Carlton Ray, IMM Executive Director Julie Patterson, Mayor Greg Ballard, IMM Honorary Chair Bob Kennedy (Olympiad marathoner) and others.

St. Francis had nearly 200 volunteers assisting in a variety of way, most notably a team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals led by Dr. Jeff Peterson.

Under a sun-splashed sky, a crisp 52-degrees and steady breeze, the participants began their individual paces with the "William Tell Overture" blaring in the background. Then came the wait.

Mark Rode of Indianapolis was first to cross the finish line for the half marathon (1:10:55). Mathew Chesang of Eau Claire, Wisc., led the full marathon field (2:21:03). Paul Erway of Shelbyville, Ky. won the wheelchair group (2:23:25). And Molly Brown-Boulay of Franklin, Tenn., finished first in the full marathon among women competitors (3:07:28).

For the results and other information about the 2009 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, go to