HISTORIC STAGE SET FOR OLYMPIC CONTEST AND WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
Elite athletes & novelty runners alike fill 2013 Monumental field
October 28, 2013 - INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) on November 2 will play host to two runners who are both running to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon. A time of 2:43:00 is needed for Colleen De Reuck, age 49 and Alana Hadley, age 16. If they both achieve their goal, they could be the youngest and oldest competitors in the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
De Reuck, from Boulder, CO is a four-time Olympian. She holds American masters records in the marathon for the 40-44 and 45-49 age groups and has run dozens of marathons in her career. Hadley, of Charlotte, NC, is the American single-age half-marathon record holder. The IMM will be only her second marathon. Although her marathon debut last May in Cleveland garnered a slower finishing time than anticipated due to a hamstring injury sustained on the course, her half-marathon stats point to success in her Olympic Trials bid.
In addition to these two women, another runner with a time to beat is Mike Fremont, featured in the IMM's Monumental Challenge: Could you beat a 91-year old? Fremont set the single-age world record for 91-yr olds in April, and he now aims to break the age group record for 90-95 at the IMM.
Fremont, De Reuck and Hadley are scheduled to speak at the Monumental Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up on Friday, Nov. 1 to be held in the Indiana Convention Center, Hall A. They will speak at 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm respectively.
Athletes in the 2013 elite runner field include not only De Reuck and Hadley, but over 100 runners representing an unprecedented depth and breadth of talent for the IMM. This group is comprised of runners from 15 states and several countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Hungary, Kenya, and Russia. Two runners have competed for the US in the Track & Field World Championships, and ten for the US Olympic Trials in track & field and the marathon. Several runners have earned NCAA titles and championships.
In addition to American elites De Reuck and Hadley, the women's marathon will see Hungarian Olympian, Ida Kovacs, and two-time winner of the Philadelphia Marathon, Mariska Kramer of the Netherlands. They both boast personal best times four minutes faster than the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon course record.
On the men's side, local elite Jesse Davis, looks to improve on his runner-up finish in 2012. He'll face a trio of Kenyan elites Boniface Biwott, Julias Choge and Geoffrey Kiprotich in addition to Crawfordsville native, Paul Petersen. Petersen was the third American at the 2011 Boston Marathon. All five men are capable of eclipsing the existing course record of 2:17:58 set in 2010 by Kenyan, Leonard Mucheru.
Among the remaining record-breaking field of over 13,000 participants, some special talents will be on display during the Monumental half marathon:
-Pete "the Juggler" Moyer will run the half marathon juggling three balls for the entire duration of the race. He is known for his amazing coordination and multi-tasking abilities. RecordSetter.com, an online compilation of world records, lists Pete as holding over 200. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
-Shane Logan, Beer Half Marathon World Record holder, will attempt to once again run 13.1 miles, drinking one beer at every mile. His current world record is 1hour, 29 minutes, 9 seconds.
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