Mini-Marathon winner sets new record by one second

Nelson Oyugi. (WISH Photo)
Nelson Oyugi. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Preliminary results indicate this year’s OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon winner broke a 12-year-old record by one second.

Nelson Oyugi from Santa Fe, New Mexico won the race with a preliminary time of 1:01:53. The previous record, 1:01:54, was set in 2002 by Gabriel Muchiri.

Oyugi beat out more than 30,000 runners to win.

Lilian Marlita from Hebron, Kentucky won the women’s race, while Gyudae Kim from Champaign, Illinois winning the wheelchair race.

Ben Hendricks, from Brownsburg, won the men’s 5K for the third consecutive year.

“It’s always fun to get a win,” Hendricks said. “You can’t beat that.”

Whitney Bevins-Lazzara was the first woman from Indiana to cross the finish line after the 13.1 mile run.

Many runners had inspiring stories to tell how they got to the start line this year.

“I’m here because this has been on my bucket list for probably 10 or 20 years,” one man told 24-Hour News-8′s Lori Wilson.  “I’ve recently lost 310 pounds so it’s my day to come out and put all the training for the last two years to work!”

Others took part for a cause including Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who participated in the 5K race with Olivia Newton-John to raise cancer awareness.

“It was great fun,” said Newton-John. “To be able to walk for an important cause like “Pink and Blue” which is breast cancer and prostate cancer (awareness) and made it special to work with coach and his lovely wife and my husband. It was a beautiful morning!”

It was also especially fast. Many runners said the wind helped propel them through the last part of the course.

Participants noticed some changes this year at the mini marathon. For the first time, the race began in separate waves to cut down on so much congestion near the startline.

There was also entertainment between each wave.

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