500 Festival Mini Marathon 2014

The 500 festival Mini Marathon was on Saturday here in Indianapolis. This race has around 30,000 runners and is a big deal here. It’s super crowded and a lot of people chose not to do it for that reason, but regardless, if you’re a runner in Indianapolis- you always know a ton of people doing it and it’s fun to either run yourself or go down and cheer. It was such a perfect day to run & spectate (minus a few headwinds) on parts of the course (I heard this per Glenn), that there was a men’s course record set so must not have been too bad! It was ran in 1:01:53.

I ran this race on a whim as a training run last year because someone gave me their bib and Glenn did the same this year. We are big fans of using a race for that- it’s more fun to train in a race right? And if someones giving you their bib…. ok, done.

Here is the difference of Marshall at the expo last year to this year:

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Mini Marathon 2014

My wild child.

Glenn’s sister Marlee and her boyfriend Mark came in to town for the race, (Our second overnight houseguests in the new house!) they were both going to run, but she ended up getting injured so he ran and she came down and cheered with Marshall and I. We also met up with my friend Lisa who was cheering on her husband Ryan (one of my best friends from high school… who snuck in just under 2 hrs with hardly any training! I think I’ve convinced him to let me train him for next year….) and some others. Glenn actually wore Lisa’s bib for the race (tore it off 200 meters from the finish & threw it at us because he was afraid he might place her in top 15… it was funny.) There was a time in such a large race that that would have never been a thought. But he works hard and he’s much faster now. He ran 1:24 something, so I don’t think it would have ended up being an issue, but just in case.

Here he is throwing the bib at us as he came in to finish. And for those of you wondering- no he did not take a medal.

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I got down to the finish in time to see Whitney Lazzara finish as the first American Woman. She was working for it and I felt so happy for her because I know she’s been training hard. I have recently gotten to know Whitney a bit and she is such a humble, sweet person- she ran 1:17, in 6th place overall.

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 And here is the first overall female: (1:12:03)

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We had so much fun hanging at the finish line- I love the atmosphere and it was just a beautiful day. Not to mention Marshall behaved better than I ever would have imagined. 
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With Lisa- she’s 24 weeks pregnant with a baby girl!
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Marsh & Aunt Marlee
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Mom & Marshman watching the runners. This kid knows whats up.
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Go Runners!

During Mini Marathon week, I had the opportunity to do a segment on Fox 59 news on preparation for the mini marathon- on Monday we talked about fueling for the race and on Friday we talked about what to wear. It was way fun to bring in the props and talk about what I love to do. Below are the two segments.

Whether you had a PR yesterday or were out there running for fun with friends or whatever- it was a beautiful day to run. Though I only ran 3-4 miles… I ran home from the race (love that we are that close to downtown) it was very refreshing (minus my foot which hurt the whole time, but whatves)

It was a big day on Saturday though for us– after the race, we rested up a bit, then went to Jacks first birthday and Emily’s Graduation Party. Then on Sunday AM we had our first neighborhood shindig- a cajun breakfast. We met so many new neighbors and everyone was so welcoming- we are so thankful we landed here.

Party Hoppin’:

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Did you run the mini? How did you do?

If I saw you out there, you better believed I cheered for you!

What’s your fav part about spectating big races?

Are you against running under someone else’s name? (I don’t think they were doing transfers at that point, but we honestly didn’t look into it too much. Hassel free yo…) If we were racing for realz, we’d want our own name on bib for sure.


  1. It was a fun race this year with perfect weather. It’s very cool that you got on tv. I could see myself in the background behind the reporters when I watched a youtube video of the race broadcast!

    1. Lindsey Hein

      That’s awesome!! Congratulation on the race!! 🙂

  2. This was my first year running the race and I really enjoyed it. The organization was great and with the wave start it didn’t feel that big at all. I enjoy all of the things that I get to see while spectating that I don’t normally see while running. It’s great to cheer on the elites and even better to cheer for everyday runners/walkers who are out there giving it everything they have.

    1. Lindsey Hein

      Congratulations on the race Andrea! That is great! Oh yes, I agree they are always very organized at this race. I forgot to mention the wave start in my post, but I meant to ask some people if it felt less hectic and crowded with it. Looking back, I do think the finish area was much most spread out (making it easier to spot your runner!). I’m with you- spectating is so fun and it’s also motivating. Congrats again!!

  3. I love spectating big races because it’s like a huge party! It’s also exciting when there are elites running and I am blown away by how fast they are

  4. Dan

    Yep — loved hearing your voice and seeing you cheering down the stretch.
    A great race for me – made me glad I ran Boston the way that I did as the legs recovered in time for a PR.
    No problems with using the # to get in a good training run with support (and people can’t complain that extra resources were consumed because it was a number used that was already paid for and planned for).
    As for spectating that is hard to say. Love seeing the top dogs (both genders). Love seeing those that I’m there expecting to see. But probably really enjoy the surprise of seeing someone I didn’t expect to see … especially if they are having a kick ass day!

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