Thousands of runners lined up at the starting line of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.
They ranged from professional runners to experienced marathoners and first-timers hoping just to complete the course. Toward the back, 22-year-old Emily Alley nervously awaited the start.
This was the Greenwood resident’s first half-marathon. When she started training, she was unable to go more than a mile without stopping and gasping for breath. Now, she was aiming at finishing 13.6 miles.