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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nov. 7 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has strong international field

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 6,000 participants will take to city streets for the second running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 7.

The runners hail from Kenya, the United Kingdom, Austria, Brazil, Honduras and Canada, and 44 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Among the field are Kenyans Richard Candle and Zeddy Chepkoech, last year’s champions in the men’s and women’s division.

“Our goal for this year’s race was 5,000, so we’re obviously pleased this event has generated widespread interest,” said IMM Executive Director Julie Patterson.

On-line registration is now closed, but would-be participants can still register at the IMM Health and Fitness Expo, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, 11a.m.-7 p.m.; or 6 a.m.-7a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Indiana Convention Center.

The race features a full marathon (26.2 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles). Both courses will begin near Washington and West streets and will end their trek on Robert D. Orr Drive to the finish line, 200 yards east of West Street.

The 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 2009 Boston Marathon.

This year’s race also marks the second time St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has been the title sponsor and provided volunteers. The medical team includes 13 physicians, 50 nurses, 15 trainers and 10 physical therapists, and is lead by Jeffrey Peterson, M.D., a family practitioner and sports medicine expert.

Nearly 40 other St. Francis employees also will be on hand as volunteers in various capacities.

To learn more about the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, go to

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has three hospitals in Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Mooresville and operates a medical office building in Plainfield. St. Francis Hospital is part of a network of 13 growing hospital campuses in Indiana and Illinois owned and operated by the Mishawaka-based Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. For more information, go to


Order of Events
Friday November 6 (from 11 a.m. to 7 pm)
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness expo will host host 30 exhibitors featuring PUMA running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. The Health and Fitness Expo is located in the Indiana Convention Center - 500 Ballroom on Friday November 6 (from 11:00 am to 7 pm).
See the outstanding list of speakers that will be giving informative presentations:
IMM Health and Fitness Exposition Speaker Schedule Friday November 6
11:00 Welcome from the IMM President Carlton Ray
11:30 Hal Higdon author of “Marathon the Novel”
12:00 St. Francis Dr. John Baldea, MD on Nutrition and
1:00 Dane Rauchenberg author “See Dane Run”
1:30 Benefits of massage Terry Fletcher
2:00 Question and Answer with Organizers
2:30 Hal Higdon author “Marathon the Novel”
3:00 Ask the Race Director, Don Carr
3:30 American Cancer Society
4:00 St. Francis Dianna Miller- Wilson, RSPGT on Sleep &
5:00 Dane Rauchenberg author “See Dane Run”
5:30 St. Francis Joe Sagorsky, MS, ACSM Exercise
Specialist from Indiana heart Physicians on
“Target Heart Rate Training”

Late packet pickup will be at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness expo at the Indiana Convention Center from 6 am to 7:15 am
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Opening Ceremonies Location and Timeline
Opening Ceremonies will be located close to the start line near the intersection of W. Washington St and Missouri Ave. at the South State Office Government Center.
7:25 Opening Ceremonies begin Matt Morris or Julie Patterson introduces Carlton Ray
7:25 Carlton Ray
7:28 First Lady Cheri Daniels
7: 30 Mayor Greg Ballard
7:33 St. Francis CEO Robert Brody
7:35 IPS Superintendent Dr. White Speaks
7:38 Color Guard moves into place
Vocalist sings National Anthem
7:42 Kevin Armstrong gives Benediction
7:45 IMM Honorary Chairman Bob Kennedy handles official start
START LINE is located near the opening ceremonies on W. Washington St. (east of Missouri)
7:55 Wheelchair athletes start
8 Half Marathoners and Marathoners start at the same time
Finish line is located just north of the start line on Robert D. Orr Plaza (west side of the State Capitol building)
2:30 pm Finish line closes; last participant must be finished by this time.