At the 20th annual Indianapolis Marathon, Fred Miller III took home the laurels, finishing with a time of 2:41:39.
His time was over 10 minutes faster than Garret Burnett, who took second at 2:52:23. Benjamin Price took third at 2:54:30.
As the Indianapolis hits 20, it's very much a race on the rise. Runner's World named it one of the top-10, must-run marathons for 2015.
Marathons are big civic events, and you could practically feel the excitement coming out of the race's Twitter feed:
In the women's field, Natalia Rivas came in first at 3:04:34. Second place went to Angela Reckelhoff at 3:14:08 and Camille Brune was third, with a time of 3:18:10.
The top five finishers for men and women were as follows (courtesy of Online Race Results):
|1. Fred Miller III||2:41:39|
|2. Garret Burnett||2:52:23|
|3. Benjamin Price||2:54:30|
|4. Matthew Moody||2:59:02|
|5. Dan Heinz||2:59:06|
|1. Natalia Rivas||3:04:34|
|2. Angela Reckelhoff||3:14:08|
|3. Camille Brune||3:18:10|
|4. Kiley Trennepohl||3:23:29|
|5. Mark Allen||3:24:32|
While the top runners for Indianapolis are clearly dedicated and enthusiastic runners, this is not an elite field by any stretch. However, like similar events in other communities, the race demonstrates the true greatness of sports for the purpose of building stronger citizens and stronger communities.
Numerous tweets today showed the important role the marathon plays in driving the non-profit scene in Indianapolis. Team Tourette was on hand to represent for their important cause:
Other runners were motivated by the daily struggles that others in their lives have had to overcome:
With 20 years now in the book, the Indianapolis Marathon will no doubt look to create new history in the years to come.