For runners, fall is prime road race time. Dozens of marathons, half-marathons and 5K events are scheduled throughout central Indiana in the coming weeks. The inaugural Mill Race Marathon is Sept. 28 in Columbus. The Monumental Marathon, Indianapolis’ only full marathon, is Nov. 2. Many Johnson County residents will be taking part. They have shared their stories of why they’ll be racing in the coming weeks. Some are primed to set their personal bests. Others are aiming to simply cross the finish line. A few are using the events to mark birthdays and other special occasions.
‘I didn’t know what energy was’
Two years ago, Dan Hutton couldn’t imagine running one mile, let alone 13.
The Franklin resident weighed nearly 300 pounds and was struggling with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and borderline diabetes. He never considered exercising and only marginally changed his diet to avoid sodium, fat and excess calories.