How Clif Bar Conquers the #IndyVirtualChallenge

The 500 Festival is so excited to have Clif Bar as the presenting partner of the 2020 Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge! Participants from all over the world have taken on the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, presented by Clif Bar, benefitting the 500 Festival, to conquer 500 miles of physical activity now until Dec. 31, 2020. Some Clif Bar team members are even getting in on the fun and accepting the #IndyVirtualChallenge! Check out some of the incredible Clif Bar team participants below: 


Ben Hall – Reliability Engineer

With all of my planned summer and fall races cancelled or moving to virtual, it’s hard to stay motivated to train as hard as I would have for an in-person race.  The Indy 500 Mile Challenge is a great way to stay motivated to log some miles. Running is my favorite way to complete miles but lately I have also been getting into mountain biking at a few of the trails around town.


Clif supports our fitness in a ton of ways.  I get free entries to so many races a year that I sometimes struggle to find enough other races to use up my athletic stipend (I’ve always managed to use it up though).  I’ve also gotten to run some of the larger marathons with the support of Clif Bar including Boston twice and NYC. 


To help me conquer my #IndyVirtualChallenge, I’ve been eating a lot of cinnamon roll Z-bars before I head out for a run! 


Dave Tintelnot – General Manager


I am participating in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, presented by Clif Bar, benefitting the 500 Festival, to stay active during this crazy year. It is a good way to stay motivated and keep training up. Running is my happy place, so that is definitely my favorite way to complete my miles.  


Clif Bar supports our health and fitness by giving each employee an athletic stipend each year to pay for entry fees into races. Also, all Clif Bar locations have gyms onsite.


To help fuel my #IndyVirtualChallenge, I love Clif Bloks Tropical Punch and Clif Bar Peanut Banana and Dark Chocolate, made right here in Indianapolis. 


Rebecca Leary – Community Project Coordinator


My husband, Shawn, and I are both participating in the #IndyVirtualChallenge because it’s good motivation to be active through the rest of the year and it’s also a good reason to get out of the house. Our daughter was born in March so she can also participate by going on walks with us. Though she really just likes napping during our walks, adding a little resistance training by pushing the stroller.


Clif Bar encourages employees to be active in many ways. They encourage us to participate in Wellness Challenges and provide many race entries.


I love the Kid ZBars as a snack to keep going throughout the day. My husband eats a Clif Bar for breakfast every morning because it gives him sustained energy for the day.


Ted Maslanka – Sanitation Manager

I am participating in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, presented by Clif Bar, benefitting the 500 festival, because It felt like it would be something positive to do in 2020.  It has been surprising, once I started tracking, how active life is on a daily basis.    


 Individually, I like tracking miles while kayak fishing on water.  I do miss the excitement of participating in live events, but I’ve also enjoyed setting goals and accomplishing virtual events, like the 500 Festival virtual races, on my own time.  Getting outdoors and hiking isn’t anything new, but is an activity I appreciate completing with my wife, the kids, and my dog.        


Fitness and healthy lifestyle, of all kinds, is a large part of the culture at Clif Bar.  There is a lot of positive camaraderie, encouragement, and support at Clif Bar Baking Company in Indianapolis.  


I have two favorites Clif products that help to fuel my #IndyVirtualChallenge: Clif Bar Peanut Butter Banana Dark Chocolate and Clif Bar Nuts and Seeds.


 Your #IndyVirtualChallenge miles aren’t just for the summer! Register today for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, presented by Clif Bar, benefitting the 500 Festival, or the Indianapolis Freedom 100 Mile Challenge, and complete your miles through December 31, 2020. Learn more at  

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