12th annual event starts with sleet and ends with course records
CARMEL, Ind. (April 9, 2022) – Nearly 3,500 participants lined up for the 2022 Carmel Marathon Weekend events and took to the streets of Carmel, Indiana today in cold and windy conditions. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, runners broke four existing course records and tied one record.
Overall winners include:
· Carmel Marathon Presented by Franciscan Health
Male – Steve Froeschle, 2:20:48*
Female – Peighton Meske, 2:39:48
· Carmel Half Marathon Presented by Drewry Simmons Vornehm
Male – Raymond Magut, 1:04:22**
Female – Mary Munanu, 1:12:42*
· Indiana Spine Group 10K
Male – Jarrett Mattingly, 31:20*
Female – Lucy Dobbs, 35:43*
· Indiana Members Credit Union 5K
Male – John Poray, 15:52
Female – Kimberly Muller, 19:07
*Indicates new course record
**Indicates a tied course record
Steve Froeschle, from Davenport, Iowa, broke the men’s full marathon course record by one minute. “I probably didn’t adjust my plan as much as I should have with the weather,” said Froeschle. “I wanted to hit 2:18 for an Olympic Trial qualifier. It worked out the first half but I had to just put my head down and get through the second half. Overall I was happy to get the win and a PR in the process.”
Peighton Meske of Knoxville, Tenn., took nearly 20 minutes off of her previous personal best time to win the women’s full marathon. “It was a tough course with the wind today, so it was all about staying focused and putting your head down. The lead cyclist was really motivating when it got rough. It wasn’t the exact time I wanted to get for an OTQ [Olympic Trial qualifier] but I’m really happy with a 20-minute PR and can’t wait for next year.”
With participants traveling to the area from 43 states and five countries, Hoosier hospitality and the typically unpredictable Indiana spring weather was on full display. More than 300 people took part by volunteering at Friday’s Fitness Expo, along the race course at aid stations, or handing out medals and snacks at the finish line. With the course passing through many of Carmel’s popular parks, trails and cultural districts, local residents bundled up to cheer on runners and walkers.
“It was inspiring to see so many people persevere despite the weather and make good on all of their training,” said Todd Oliver, race director for the Carmel Marathon Weekend. “Our volunteers and Carmel community members made it such a fun event, coming out to cheer on their neighbors and visitors. We really had everything here today—a finish line marriage proposal, the 50 States Marathon Club reunion, a local Carmel Police Department officer running the full marathon, and countless personal records and Boston-qualifiers throughout the field. We’re already excited about getting started for 2023!”
The 13th annual Carmel Marathon Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023. Registration details as well as 2022 race results will be available at CarmelMarathon.com.
About CRRG Events:
CRRG Events is an event management and production company with more than 20 years of producing successful running events. Based in Carmel, Indiana, CRRG Events has staged and managed events across 11 states ranging from a 1-mile football halftime race to ultramarathons. For more information, please visit CarmelRoadRacingGroup.com.
About the Carmel Marathon Weekend:
The 12th annual Carmel Marathon Weekend on Saturday, April 9, 2022 will feature a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K, as well as 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.