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Monumental Marathon draws NYC runners

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Despite the rain, sleet, and cold temperatures, thousands of people took to the pavement Saturday for the Indianapolis Marathon, half marathon and 5K runs. 

A couple hundred of those people joined the race last minute, after the New York Marathon was canceled as clean up continues from super storm Sandy.

With a lot of encouragement and determination, Indiana native Amanda Royalty finished 26.2 miles. Royalty said after the Monumental Marathon, "It was a whirlwind, but I feel good."

The Frankfort High School Cross Country runner was supposed to run New York City's Marathon on Sunday. When she found out it was canceled Friday evening, the New York resident came back home to Indiana. Royalty told Eyewitness News, "We booked a flight at 7PM. Got into Indy at 11:30PM. Slept, got up and ran my fastest race yet! It was very nostalgic because I lived here for 6 years."

Race organizers say this year, participation was up by 15-percent, with nearly 11-thousand runners and walkers . Like Royalty, a couple hundred of them were planning to head to the Big Apple.

New Jersey resident Joann Sandano runner picked Indy over New York City this weekend, only because she's on a mission to run races in all 50 states. The Hoosier state is her 46th feat.

The Monumental Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. 

Race organizers say Saturday's cooler temperatures made for fast times on the course. The overall winner of the Marathon was Aleksey Alexandrov in two hours and 18 minutes. For the Half, the fastest time was 1 hour and four minutes from Jason Ordway.

WTHR's own Mary Milz, Jeremy Brilliant, Jennifer Carmack and Executive Producer Perry Pace all ran Saturday as well. 

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