As the Monumental Marathon stepped off downtown Saturday, hundreds of runners were among those who should've been in New York City for their run.
Organizers of the New York City Marathon were forced to cancel the race at the last minute, as the city continued to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
For those who couldn't get a flight to New York or who heard about the cancellation before leaving, Indianapolis provided an alternative marathon.
"I was getting on a plane yesterday afternoon to go to New York and then my racing buddy Jim ... gives me a call. He said, 'The race is off,' so we got off the plane ... called the race director here and he said he'd let us in," runner Erik Frywald said.
Monumental Marathon founder Carlton Ray was a presence at the starting and finish lines. Ray was happy to welcome even more runners to Indianapolis for this year's race.
"We have wonderful monuments, wonderful people, (and) wonderful neighborhoods. We wanted to highlight the city," Ray said.
Organizers estimated that more than 100 runners were supposed to run in New York City. Indianapolis offered runners a marathon, half marathon or 5K race.
"You train so hard to get through a marathon and there aren't that many of them. It just worked out great that the people of Indianapolis were welcoming enough to have us come down here, after we couldn't get into New York," runner Jim Holtquist said.