13 Point 1 Things to Look for During the Indy Mini!

Tips from 9-time finisher and 3-time ambassador, Chris Day

1) Indy Mini Expo – Come early and stay late!  In addition to picking up your bib and shirt, take the time to browse the many vendors and collect all the great freebies throughout!

2) Race Morning Prerace Festivities – Come early, it’s a party in the street with 40,000 new friends!  Get to your corral early and enjoy the festivities!  How many beach balls can you hit?

3) The start line – Don’t forget to start your watch, but then look up!  Who’s that celebrity in the bucket overhead waving the green flag this year?  Then look to your right and SMILE for the cameraman – You’re now on the jumbotron!!

4) The Indianapolis Zoo is on your right during mile 1 – If you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of the elephants on top of the hill!

5) Play that funky music!  While you still have all this energy, be sure to cheer for the on course entertainment.  Sing, clap, cheer and grab a high five from these folks as you pass by! 

6) Speedway – The town…not the track – You’ll find mile 5 on Speedway’s charming Main Street which greets you with revitalized streetscapes and a booming downtown.  You won’t get this kind of crowd support again until the finish line.

6) IMS Entrance Tunnel – The steepest downhill of the course lasts 20 seconds and is followed by the steepest uphill on the course as you enter the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway!  It’s such a little thing, but get those roller coaster arms in the air and hear the echo of your cheers before you dig deep to push up the steep incline.  The best is yet to come!

7) The Gold Mile – A new and powerful section along the back stretch of IMS pays tribute to the men and women of Indiana who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.   Smile as you reflect on how lucky you are to be doing what you’re doing in that moment.

8) Yard of Bricks – The tradition for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 to kiss the bricks is passed on to you!  Stop and take your turn and smile for the camera man over head. 

9) Celebrity Sighting! – As long as you’re taking a break 7.5 miles in, why not stop and say hello to Channel 13s Dave Calabro and running legend Frank Shorter who broadcast live from this location throughout the morning?  Don’t be afraid to take the selfie!

 10) The Volunteers – From start to finish the race couldn’t happen without these men, women, children and public servants who gave up their Saturday morning to help you reach your goal!  Don’t forget to thank them!

11) Victory Mile – That last mile may feel like a long one, but it’s no longer than each of the previous 12.  Keep your head up and keep smiling.  The IUPUI track and field stadium is on your right where the Indy Eleven play their soccer matches, followed by the world class natatorium where Olympic swimmers and divers have competed for years. 

12) The FINISH Line!  SMILE!  You did it!  The pain is temporary but that finisher photo will last forever.  Arms overhead in the powerful “V” pose!  Now go get the medal and get an official finisher photo!  Oh, and don’t forget that free banana… you earned it!

13) Post Race Party – Whether your post race party includes Michelob Ultra or Chocolate Milk, this is where you’ll find it!  Reconnect with your friends and family and retell the battle stories of your epic morning!

Point 1) SHARE – If you didn’t post it on social media, did it really happen??  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IndyMini – and while you’re inspiring others, make that commitment to join us again in 2020! 

My Mini Story- Bob Craw

Bob Craw of Louisville, Ky., is an Army Veteran who wanted to get his health back under control after he suffered with his weight for most of his adult life. Bob’s weight was beginning to affect him emotionally, physically and mentally. He tried various methods to lose weight but nothing seemed to work for him and after a while he began losing hope but, he did not give up. Bob began walking and then advanced to jogging and running during his workouts. Later in 2016, Bob took a leap of faith and he decided to participate in the Derby Festival Mini, a half marathon located in his hometown, Louisville, Ky. He completed the entire race without any pain with a time of 3:07.

Completing the Mini had opened a new door for Bob and he continued to run, starting with 1.5 miles and reaching three and four miles after a while. After picking up more races, Bob noticed the weight shed and by the end of 2015, he weighed under 250 pounds for the first time in several years. He lost an incredible total of 75 pounds by 2016. Also by this time, he completed four full marathons and several short distance races. This year, Bob will be participating in the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon along with thousands of others who also run for a greater purpose. This year’s Mini will be his seventh half marathon and he has set the goal to beat the time 2:07. By sharing his story of how running changed his health for the better, Bob hopes to continue to encourage others to make positive changes in their own lives.

Join Bob on May 4 for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon! Register online at indymini.com/register. Online registration will close at 12:01 am ET on April 29 so don’t delay!

Christi’s Crew

Tim Hoffa, Jr. of Winamac, Ind., and his wife, Christi, were signed up to complete the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon together. In August 2017, his wife was diagnosed with Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Due to her treatments and procedures, Christi was unable to do the Indy Mini. However, Tim and Christi completed the 5K instead, just seven months after she received her bone marrow transplant. After completing the 5K, both Tim and Christi were both determined to complete their first Indy Mini together now in 2019 and signed up.

On Christi’s 38th birthday, she lost her brave fight against AML, 15 months after her diagnosis, with Tim and family by her side.

Determined to honor the commitment he made to his wife, Tim signed up for the 2019 Indy Mini and began his training. While some days have been more difficult than others, he remains motivated by the promise he made and knowing the memories of his wife will be with him the entire 13.1 miles.

On May 4, Tim will join the thousands of Indy Mini participants as they push along the course together. Each with their own story which drives them to carry on throughout the race. For Tim, he’s determined to not just start the race, but to cross that finish line with his family, to honor Christi and the wonderful legacy she left behind.

Meet Andrew Bartolacci- 2019 #IndyMini 2019 Ambassador

Name: Andrew Bartolacci
City/Town: Indianapolis
First year of #IndyMini: 2014


Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Watching my wife and dad finish the race.


Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

My family, my students, and my personal goals.


Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

Just do it. Commit. There’s no way you’ll regret it.


Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“Eye of the Tiger”


Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Foam roller, hammock, and pillow.


Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.


Meet Kirstin Maguire- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Kirstin Maguire
City/Town: Columbus, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2016


Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

2017 I got to have a total fan girl moment on the Indy 500 track by high fiving Meb Keflezighi and wishing him a happy birthday.


Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Having registered for a big race like the Mini, then following a training plan. I’m pretty disciplined once I have a goal.


Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

First sign up, just do it. That provides the motivation to train. Train for the race , so on race day you can do what you trained to do, enjoy the course, crowds and that amazing finish line!


Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

Glorious by Macklemore
“So when I leave here on this earth, did I take more than I gave?
Did I look out for the people or did I do it all for fame?”.


Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

My foam roller, running shoes and a fine Kentucky bourbon.


Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.

Meet David Beaty- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: David Beaty
City/Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2015

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Running with my mom.

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

My teacher Ms. Housefield.

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

It’s the most amazing feeling when you cross the finish line

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“500 Miles”.

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Garmin, AirPods, zoomfly shoes.

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.

#IndyMini Terms

Whether it’s your first half marathon or just your first Indy Mini, here’s a helpful glossary of terms to help you prepare for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon!

Carbo-loading: A strategy used by endurance athletes, such as runners, to maximize the storage of glycogen (or energy) in the muscles and liver. Your dinner before the Indy Mini should be light but carb heavy.

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Chip Time: Chip time will represent your personal finish time from when you cross the start and finish lines. Age group awards use chip times.

Corral: A sectioned area at the lineup of a race that separates participants into their different pace groups. There are 4-6 corrals in each wave and are labeled A-Z, with A being the fastest. Corral assignments will be sent with your participant guide in mid-April. Once you’ve been assigned a corral, you can only move back to a slower pace, you won’t be able to move forward to a faster pace.

Course entertainment: Bands, musicians and performers line the Indy Mini course to provide you with entertainment and motivation through the 13.1-mile course!

Gold Mile: The Gold Mile pays tribute to fallen service members and their surviving families (Gold Star Families). This motivational, mile-long segment of the Indy Mini course features patriotic décor and hundreds of volunteers lining Mile 6 at the backstretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering participants encouragement at the toughest peak of the course.

Gun time: Gun timing starts the race clock for everyone at the initial pistol shot. Regardless of when you actually crossed the starting line, the time from pistol shot to finish line will be your official time. Overall awards are based on gun time.

Kiss the bricks: The tradition of “kissing the bricks” was started by NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett. After his Brickyard 400 victory in 1996, Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrott decided to walk out to the start-finish line, kneel and kiss the Yard of Bricks to pay tribute to the fabled history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indy Mini participants often stop to take part in this tradition as they cross the yard of bricks inside IMS.

Long Run: The weekly mileage buildup, the most important run of the week consisting of 25-30% of your weekly mileage, which can range from 4-14 miles typically for an Indy Mini training program.

MPM: Minutes per mile

Pace: The speed you’re running which is determined by mile and/or by milestone for longer running events.

Pit Station: Our water stations with a little Indy 500 flair! There are 11 water and five Gatorade Endurance Formula stations along the course and at the start and finish lines.

Proof Time: Your official time from another running event 5K and over that proves you can run at a pace estimated for the Indy Mini. For our race, proof time must show you can complete it in 2 hours or less.

Runner Services: At the finish line you’ll receive bananas, cookies and water from our volunteers to immediately refuel after conquering the 13.1 miles of the Indy Mini!

Seeding: For the Indy Mini, you qualify for seeding (placement) in Wave 1 if you have proof that you can run the Indy Mini in 2 hours or less.

Timing Chip: A device on your bib that measures your time as you cross the electronic mat at the start and finish lines, as well as other places along the course.

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Wave: A smaller group of runners starting at different times to stretch the field out. You’ll be assigned a wave based on A wave start helps eliminate a bottleneck at the beginning of the race (and traffic congestion throughout!) There are 5 waves for the Indy Mini.