Alana Hadley Wants To Set A Monumental Marathon Record & Raise Autism Awareness
Alana Hadley finishing last year's Monumental Marathon in Indy (image courtesy of Alana & Mark Hadley)
Alana Hadley is your ordinary high school senior, at least she will be on Monday when the school year starts. She is visiting colleges, having fun with her friends, running marathons in well under three hours. You know, as you do when you are a teenager.
Last year, Hadley met the 'B' standard for the U.S. Olympic trials when she ran a personal best 2:41:55 at the Monumental Marathon in Indy. For this year's Monumental, she has her sights on the 'A' standard of 2:37 or better, which would qualify her for financial assistance in possibly making the Olympic team. That time would also set a new Monumental course record; it was established last year when four-time Olympian Colleen De Reuck ran 2:39:22.
If Hadley breaks the course record and and meets the A standard, she will win bonus money, some of which she plans to donate to the Autism Society of Indiana - Alana's younger sister and cousin have autism. You can be part of the ASI's Monumental Team, or you can support the effort by purchasing a t-shirt HERE. Hurry - the shirts are only available until September 4!
As the father of a daughter who is on the autism spectrum, it was a privilege to talk to Alana - listen to it below, and it will be fun supporting this effort while training for the Monumental myself.
Alana Hadley is 17 years old and is very, very close to qualifying for national assistance in competing for a spot on the Olympic marathon team. She will try to reach that goal in November at the Monumental Marathon in Indy, and at the same time, raise money for the Autism Society of Indiana.