To celebrate 100 days until the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, we’re highlighting the story of one of our participants. For Susan, the 2020 Indy Mini will be her 100th Indiana half marathon!
Susan Skelton is an #IndyMini Ambassador Alumna and completed her first Indy Mini in 1997. Since then, she has accomplished more than a hundred half marathons, including 35 different races across Indiana. She’ll reach 100 Indiana half marathons completed on May 2, 2020.
“One of the greatest gifts that participating in half marathons has given me is the friendships I’ve made along the way. I’ve met so many incredible people and they all have their own amazing story. I hope that I’ve been able to encourage others to step outside their comfort zone and try something they may have thought was impossible. It doesn’t matter your age, your size, your gender, if you have the will you can complete a half marathon. I especially love meeting a first time half marathoner and cheering them along the way. One of my favorite quotes is from John Bingham which is ‘The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.'”
Susan is a member of the Half Fanatics Club (#2965) on Earth Level (the 6th level out of 9), the 50 States Half Marathon club (she’s completed 28 states so far), and the 100 Half Marathons Club (completed her 100th in September 2016). She’s also a member of the Speedway Running Club and the Wabash Valley Road Runners Club.
“I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my wonderful husband, John who continues to believe in me and this crazy journey I’m on.”
“I truly believe that half marathons (and other distances) are keeping healthy and happy. And as an added bonus, you get to collect a bunch of beautiful medals as well.”