Fast Finishers Celebrate a Long-Awaited 2021 Carmel Marathon Weekend
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Contact: Kim Jackson
11th Annual Event Returned to Live Racing with Six New Course Records
CARMEL, Ind. (April 3, 2021) – Sunshine and cool temperatures met participants at the start line of the 11th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend today, for the event’s return to live racing in 2021. Nearly 3,000 people from 40 states crossed the finish line.
The elite field of more than 50 runners produced six new course records. Overall winners include:
Carmel Marathon Presented by Franciscan Health
Male – Adam Schroer, 2:22:10
Female – Kathy Derks, 2:36:47*
Carmel Half Marathon Presented by Drewry Simmons Vornehm
Male – Jordan Kyle, 1:04:22*
Female – Jane Bareikis, 1:14:44*
Indiana Spine Group 10K
Male – David Evans, 31:33*
Female – Emily Ambrose, 37:35
Indiana Members Credit Union 5K
Male – Mark Satterly, 15:50*
Female – Lauren Minor, 18:02*
* Indicates new course record
Full results for today’s races are available at CarmelMarathon.com.
Derks, of Appleton, Wisc., took almost six minutes off of the previous women’s full marathon course record. “I was training for this run for a 2:45 but three weeks ago, I decided to just go for it,” said Derks. “Going into the race I knew there would be a couple of hard stretches, but I took advantage of the tail wind when I could. Head down and grind it out.”
Kyle, now a Carmel resident after starting his running career in his hometown of Fishers, Ind., came out on top with a new course record in the men’s half marathon. “It was an awesome day,” said Kyle. “I really appreciate everything that goes into these events, especially during these tough times.”
Bareikis, from Crestwood, Ill., echoed his comments. “With no races going on, it’s amazing they put together this race today,” said Bareikis, winner and new course record holder for the women’s half marathon. “The second part of the course was tough, but I worked hard at it. A little bit of wind but otherwise perfect conditions.”
After staging a virtual-only race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carmel Marathon Weekend moved to an in-person event in 2021, with registration number restrictions and COVID-19 policies in place in accordance with local guidelines. A virtual race option was also available to participants.
“We are so incredibly pleased with today’s event, really starting with the new outdoor location for the Fitness Expo yesterday,” said Todd Oliver, race director for the Carmel Marathon Weekend. “Of course there were added challenges this year, but thanks to everyone’s cooperation we were able to host a safe and successful live race. It was just icing on the cake to have nice weather, resulting in some fast times on the course. We have to thank all of our participants, volunteers and partners for their part in making this event one to remember!”
The 12th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Registration details will be available at CarmelMarathon.com.
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About the Carmel Marathon Weekend:
The 11th annual Carmel Marathon Weekend on Saturday, April 3, 2021 will feature the Carmel Marathon Presented by Franciscan Health, the Carmel Half Marathon Presented by Drewry Simmons Vornehm, the Indiana Spine Group 10K, the Indiana Members Credit Union 5K and a marathon relay. The Carmel Marathon is the second largest marathon in Indiana and the largest running event in the city of Carmel. The event offers a fast course (certified Boston Qualifier) through the popular Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana. To learn more, please visit CarmelMarathon.com.