IU dance marathon raises $1.6M for hospital

A 36-hour dance marathon has raised about $1.6 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

About 1,300 participated in the marathon at the Wildermuth Intramural Center at Indiana University in Bloomington over the weekend, The Herald-Times reported. Each person raised at least $500 to participate.

Marathon spokeswoman Claire Shirley said the event did not allow any sitting or sleeping. Spectators were allowed to watch, support participants and provide them food.

Since its founding in 1991, the dance marathon has raised $8.5 million for the children's hospital, part of the Indiana University Medical Center.

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