#IndyMini Ambassador: Christiana Howton

A record-breaking 42 #IndyMini Ambassadors are training, recruiting and inspiring others in preparation for the 42nd running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. We’re sharing their stories through a series of blog posts; 2018 Ambassador Features.  Here is one of their stories. 

 

Christiana’s Story

 

I decided a couple years back that I wanted to become a better me, and I found that by running. I heard about the Indy Mini through a friend and from social media, and I thought it would be a great race to participate in. I have been hooked ever since!

 

Christiana’s #IndyMini Experience

My first year was in 2016. In 2017, I completed the Mega Mini Challenge.

My favorite thing about the Indy Mini – aside from the participants and running the track – would have to be the crowd. They always stand out with so many people, from spectators and live bands to water stations and those who represent the city. They are so supportive and show so much love to those in this race.

One thing that will always stand out to me is the note I received when I checked in at the Expo my first year. It read: “Christiana- Thanks for the #IndyMini shout-out on Instagram! We’re so excited to have you and definitely kiss those bricks! -500 Festival Staff”

That would have to be the start of my love for the Indy Mini and what brings me back every year, and for so many years to come.

 

Christiana’s Advice

My advice to first-time participants would be: whether you are a beginner or professional, runner or walker,  just have fun. I was told once not to set yourself a PR but to just enjoy this race. This is a fun race and you want to soak it all in the best you can. If nothing else, for your first year, soak in all the Indy Mini has to offer and return next year ready to crush any and every goal you have.

 

Feeling inspired by Christiana’s story? If you’re interested in participating in the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, click here

 

Christiana, along with our other Ambassadors, will be sharing her training experience and motivation leading up to the race. Follow along and share your experience using #IndyMini on social media!

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