This past Saturday (5/2/2015) I ran in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon. Because we were traveling and attempting to do two half marathons in two days, I had our friend that lives in Indianapolis to go to the expo and pick up my race packet.
Well, Saturday evening, at our friend’s house, I started preparing my gear for the race the next morning. Upon pulling out my race bib from the packet, I noticed there was a card paper clipped to my race bib. When I detached the card and flipped it over, I found the following personalized note.
Now I do not recall putting this anywhere on the registration, so either my friend Dave advised them of this, or they researched out my blog. Anyway it was discovered, this was a nice touch by the 500 Festival team.
Thanks to the 500 Festival team, especially Ben Pawelak, whom I never met. Based on this kind act, and my race experience this past weekend, I would highly recommend this race if you are looking for a race in Indiana.
On Saturday, I will be running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon. This will be the first leg of a back to back half marathon with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.
As a racing fan, mainly of Nascar, but also the Indianapolis 500, I am excited to do this race because we get to run miles 6 to 8.5 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In doing so, as you run across the race track Start/Finish line, you can take the opportunity to “Kiss The Bricks” just like the race winners do. I plan to take this opportunity, without regard to my race time! This is a chance I cannot pass up. You will get to see my efforts in the race recaps the week after the race.
I just found out some awesome news. I am running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 2nd. This is the largest half marathon in the country with over 35,000 runners.
ok… ok…. the awesome news…. I got Wave 1, Corral C placement. That means I am starting toward the front, and Corral C out A-Z is not too shabby.
This will go well toward my having to get to Cincinnati soon after the race to prepare for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon the following day!
What are the start times of each wave?
Wave 1 – 7:48 am
Wave 2 – 8:00 am
Wave 3 – 8:15 am
Wave 4 – 8:30 am
Wave 5 – 8:45 am
How many people are in each wave?
Each wave will feature approximately 6500 participants.
How long will the gap be between each wave?
Each wave will start in 15 minute increments. With an average of approximately 900 – 1000 participants crossing the start line per minute, there will be a 7 to 8 minute gap between the clearing of the previous wave and the start of the next wave.
In two months I will run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis, IN for my 9th state toward my 50 By 50 Challenge.
Below is a video of the course route.
Also, if you would like to see the course route, click here.
The countdown clock above is on display at OneAmerica in Indianapolis, IN. My friend Dave Daniel works there and supplied the photo.
On October, 20, 2013, I will be running with a bunch of friends in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. This will be my 2nd time running this race. The first time I ran it in 2011, was my first half marathon. Now this will be my 12th half marathon.
They have just unveiled the medals for the half (mini) marathon and Coastal 5k. Quite interesting design this year, but the 2011 medal is still the largest medal on my wall! Can’t wait!