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Oyugi sets new Indianapolis Mini-Marathon record

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Nelson Oyugi Nelson Oyugi
Lilian Mariita, right Lilian Mariita, right
INDIANAPOLIS -

Nelson Oyugi, a 21-year-old runner from Kenya, set a new course record as the 2014 500 Festival Mini-Marathon winner. Oyugi looked strong as he finished the race Saturday in downtown Indianapolis in 1:01: 53.

Lilian Mariita, 23, another Kenyan runner, won the women's competition in 1:12:05. It marks the second time she's won the Mini-Marathon.

WTHR's Scott Swan interviewed a man running in honor of his mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.

Carl Palma was crying as he crossed the finish line. Speaking through his tears, he explained why.

"I lost my mom to breast cancer in October and today would have been her 66th birthday," he said. "She ran the Mini from 1992 to 1995, and she convinced me two years ago to run it."

Carl said he was motivated by the memory of his mother, and even wore a banner on his back with her name on it: "Running in memory of Susan Buchanan, 1948-2013."

Carl says running in the Mini means "everything" to him. "It's a way to show my love for her even though she's gone and it's a way to show she's still here with me. I knew it was gonna be hard but I didn't think I was gonna cry when I crossed the finish line."

Check results here. (Note - the site was having problems likely due to heavy web traffic Saturday morning. If you can't access results now, try again later.)

Temperatures remained cool and pleasant throughout the morning - ideal conditions for the race. 

The rest of Saturday will be mostly sunny, breezy (winds W 10-20) and milder. Forecast highs are in the range of 65-70 degrees.

See course maps and street closures here.

All week long, WTHR has been profiling Mini-Marathon participants who overcame the odds to run in this year's event. Julia Moffitt spoke to Rebecca Overman, who survived a traumatic brain injury to learn to walk - and even run again. Mary Milz reported on a pair of friends who take a unique approach to the race. She also talked to a former Brebeuf track standout who made an incredible comeback.

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