Weekend Indiana

Blog > Weekend Indiana > Alana Hadley Wants To Set A Monumental Marathon Record & Raise Autism Awareness

Alana Hadley Wants To Set A Monumental Marathon Record & Raise Autism Awareness

17-year-old running to raise money for Autism Society of Indiana

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.

 

Weekend Indiana

It may not rise to the level of the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I. But a century later, both sides in...
Your host was not as dumb as some in the media; he did not challenge Joey Chestnut's eating prowess (wibc.com file...
You had me at Frozen. Okay, you had my 6-year-old at Frozen. The two big numbers from the biggest album in years (...
(image courtesy of RealMickFoley.com) Mick Foley not only loves Christmas - which you learn in his first massive...
Seth Rollins (right) is much nicer than this face, probably nicer than the interviewer on the left (photo courtesy...