Meet Lynn Buikema – 2020 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Lynn Buikema

Hometown: Norton Shores, MI

Year of first #IndyMini: 2013

Fun fact about yourself: Next to running, in no particular order, laughing and singing are my favorite!

Favorite place to run: At the beach about a mile from my house. The sound of the water makes me forget I’m working hard or being healthy and just makes me happy. I also love running on a treadmill in front of Gameday, Sportscenter or a good football game.

Advice for first-timers: Smile and take in the course entertainment. The smiling relaxes your face and shoulders and the entertainment relaxes the rest of you!

2020 Challenge Shirt and Medals

All three of the shirts are short sleeved, technical shirts with gender-specific fits. For each challenge, you must be registered for the actual challenge to receive the shirt and medal for that challenge, not just each event separately. Email raceinfo@500festival.com if you’d like to upgrade your registration to a Challenge. The last day to register for the 500 Festival Greatest Spectacle and the Mini Maniac challenges and the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, is Feb. 2. Register here.


The Greatest Spectacle Challenge


Participants of The Greatest Spectacle Challenge will tackle all five of the 500 Festival running events during the spring season, including the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy (February, March & April), the 500 Festival 5K (May 2), and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (May 2). Challenge participants will receive a commemorative shirt and medal as well as shirts and medals for the Miler Series, 5K, and Mini-Marathon! A total of FOUR medals and shirts!

Mega Mini Challenge

Mega Mini Challenge participants will conquer both the 500 Festival 5K and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on race morning (May 2). Participants who register for the challenge will receive a commemorative shirt and medal as well as shirts and medals for the Mini-Marathon and 5K!

Mini-Maniac Challenge

Mini Maniac Challenge participants will take on all 32.1 miles of the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, in February, March, and April, and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 2. Mini Maniac participants will receive a commemorative shirt and medal in addition to the shirts and medals for the Miler Series and Mini-Marathon – a total of three medals!

2020 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy

There’s no better time to reveal the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, shirt and medal than Medal Monday!

The 2020 Podium Finisher medal is outlined with a circle of bricks, a staple of tradition in Indianapolis, which is etched in the bricks. Inside the bricks are three rings sized to reflect the three (blue), six (red), and ten mile (white) events. The name Podium Finisher is etched in the ten-mile ring, which is when participants’ hard work will be rewarded with this medal around their neck at the finish line! An antique nickel circle  includes 500 Festival Miler Series written in white, red, and blue enamel. An IndyCar is racing through the yard of bricks with “presented by OrthoIndy” and the 500 Festival logo etched on the hood. The IndyCar leaves behind a trail of red, white, and blue confetti.

This year’s shirt is a long-sleeved crewneck made of black technical material. The front design is aligned to the left. The event name is written in large letters with blue and red racing stripes going down through it. The stripes have a vintage grunge overlay, matching the theme of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K shirts. The back design matches that of the medal: three rings sized to reflect the three (blue), six (red), and ten mile (white) events. In the center of the rings is Indianapolis, IN, the location of the Miler Series. Beneath that are our partner logos: OrthoIndy, the Pavilion at Pan Am, the NCAA Hall of Champions, and Clif. Right beneath the collar is the event logo.

The only way to earn this awesome shirt and medal is to be registered for the entire 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy (in-person or virtual)! Hurry, the deadline to register is February 2, 2020. Visit indymini.com/register to register now! Can’t make it in-person? There’s a virtual option that still lets you earn this awesome swag!

2020 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K Shirt and Medal

Your hard work will result in some awesome and unique hardware in 2020! Check out the 2020 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K participant shirt and finisher medal, and make them yours on May 2.

Participant Shirt

The front of the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K participant shirt features the official event name largely displayed in the top left corner. Bricks, resembling the famed Brickyard, encircle an IndyCar helmet design from 1945, the year the Hulman-George family purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Uniting the entirety of the design is the state of Indiana in a bright white outline.  Giving the shirt a retro sports tee look is the wording, “Three Point One,” the mileage distance of a 5K, which is written at the bottom of the design in a vintage, athletic font. A grunge layer over the whole shirt design contributes to this unique retro look.

The back of the shirt has the event logo at the top in white. Beneath that in Indy Mini green is the date of the race displayed as 05 02 20. Found below the date in white is, “Indianapolis, Indiana” to commemorate the location of the event and the logos of our great sponsors.

Finisher Medal

This year’s finisher medal for the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K is an antique nickel, square design featuring a laser-etched image of downtown Indianapolis looking from the west on the canal walk. To draw the eye toward the navy and bright green “2020” and “Indianapolis, IN” enamel wording, a portion of the left and bottom of the design has a pattern constructed to add texture and unique depth to the design. Across the top of the medal is “Delta Dental 500 Festival” written in a raised etching with “5K” written beneath it. “5K” is in a larger font with a bright green outline and navy enamel filling to truly showcase the event. The Indianapolis flag filled with navy, white and bright green enamel is located at the bottom right of the medal as an additional nod to the city in which the race takes place. Cut into all of the elements of the medal is the outline of the state of Indiana. It’s a subtle design piece to recognize the greatest state in racing! Flip the medal over and you will find the 500 Festival and Delta Dental logos. There’s also room to have your finish time engraved at the Post Race Party. Holding up your hard earned medal is the iconic checkered flag ribbon with the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K logo on it.

Register now for the 2020 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K before prices increase at 12:01 am ET on January 9! Visit indymini/register to sign up for the 5K, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or one of the Challenges.

Guest Blog: Running With Family

Jason Ronna is a 2020 #IndyMini Ambassador.

Running with your family creates an atmosphere of healthy living that can be passed on from generation to generation.  If your family is anything like mine, you all have different ways of running and run at different paces.  That means you do not always train the same way.  We like to run the same races together and cheer each other on.  It is also a good bonding tool.  Running races is one of the few ways you can compete at the same level as your kids without competing against them.  In our family, everyone runs their own race and you only compete against yourself.  

We ran the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon as a family for the 1st time last year.  My wife Wendy and I ran the half marathon in the rain, while our daughter Rylee ran the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k.  On May 2, 2020, the Ronna Family will all be running the Indy Mini together.  If you plan on running the race as a family take plenty of pictures and post them to one of our Facebook pages or groups.  Take advantage of all the activities the Mini Weekend has to offer.  Make a Family Day of the Expo at Lucas Oil Stadium and take part in all the family oriented activities.  It will be an experience your family will treasure for a lifetime and will become an annual event to look forward to every year.

REGISTER FOR THE 2020 ONEAMERICA 500 FESTIVAL MINI-MARATHON AND THE DELTA DENTAL 500 FESTIVAL 5K BEFORE PRICES INCREASE AT 12:01 AM ET ON JANUARY 9! VISIT INDYMINI.COM/REGISTER TO SIGN UP.