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#IndyMini Ambassador Q&A: LeAnne Manuel

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Q: How many Indy Minis have you run?

A: I have ran the 5K in 2015, and the Mini in 2016.

 

Q: Who or what inspires you to run?

A: I am inspired to run the Mini because the atmosphere is unmatched. The people, the entertainment, the volunteers, all create a unique race culture that supports every person on the course doing their best.

 

Q: What is your favorite Mini memory or experience?

A: My favorite Mini experience is when running along Main St in Speedway. You can see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lots of people line the street there to cheer on the runners and walkers to the entry of the Speedway. When you are on the track, you are becoming part of the legacy of the Indianapolis 500. It is the boost you need for the second half of the race to finish strong.

 

Q: What advice would you give to someone running the Mini for their first time?

A: My advice that I give 1st time runners is to not try anything new on race day. This includes clothes, shoes, and nutrition. I try to have the same breakfast, and I use the same snacks to keep my energy up on the course. Sweet things turn my stomach, so instead I run every race with a handful pretzels in my running belt to eat 1 at a time for energy.

 

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#IndyMini Ambassador Q&A: Denise Smith

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Q: How many Indy Minis have you run?

A: This is my first Indy Mini as a participant. Last year, I volunteered at the water station at IMS. My house is within the Mini route. I can stand on my front porch and watch as the participants go by on both W. Michigan Street and 10th Ave.

 

Q: Who or what inspires you to run?

A: I am inspired to be active by my children and, especially, my grandchildren. I don’t want them to think that being older means that a person can’t lead an active and healthy life. My four grandchildren look forward to our walks together and my eight-year old granddaughter has done a 5K with me. I also want people to know that walking is a very acceptable and inexpensive form of exercise that offers a wide variety of health benefits.

 

Q: What is your favorite Mini memory or experience?

A: My favorite Mini experience was in 2000. My five children and I participated in the inaugural 500 Festival 5K. The Indiana Pacers were in the playoffs and my two sons were able to with and meet several of the NBA players.

 

Q: What advice would you give to someone running the Mini for their first time?

A: For first time participants, I would suggest that they don’t try anything new on race day. Whether it’s clothing, shoes, accessories, food, drink, or even headphones, make sure it’s all been tried out ahead of time. Also, trust your training and enjoy the experience. Know that there are thousands of people cheering you on and you never know who could be watching and inspired by you.

 

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