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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Meet Megan Knigga Sheets- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name:  Megan Knigga Sheets
City/Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2007

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

In 2006 my beloved Nana passed away after a very long and devastating battle with lung cancer. By the winter of that year, I was lost in more ways than one. I had become very depressed and withdrawn. I remember watching the Mini-Marathon participants during my tenure as a 2004 500 Festival Princess. I remember seeing the pride that filled the finisher’s faces and just simply being in awe of their accomplishment. I decided that as a whole, our family needed a goal and something to work for during 2007. So as a Christmas gift I signed my whole family up for the Indy Mini. At first, all 10 family members were very unhappy with me since I come from a family of non-runners. But having the mini to look forward to and train for gave us a common goal and something other than our grief to focus on. Watching all 10 members of my family cross the finish line that day in May in 2007 is by far my proudest Indy Mini moment. I am very proud to say that I have signed up for 12 Indianapolis Mini-Marathons…trained for them…and most importantly…crossed that finish line 12 times. Each time I sign up for the mini I know my Nana is sitting right there on my shoulder…urging me along.

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

In order to keep motivated I think about the finish line during all of my training runs. The elation and pure joy of crossing that finish line after conquering 13.1 miles can’t be replicated and that is what keeps me motivated. This year I’m also using my friends to motivate me as well. We are sharing workouts via social media and seeing their progress makes me want to get out there and crush my workouts.

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

Sign up. Make a schedule of training runs and stick to it. You have to carve the time out for yourself. You can absolutely do this. I understand having outside responsibilities; I am a full-time night shift nurse, wife, and dog mom to 4, including a puppy. But I make the commitment and I understand that my training time is sacred “me” time. Running a mini sounds so daunting, but break it up in chunks. I break it up in 5Ks. This makes the distance seem less intimidating and it works for me. Once you finish the Indy Mini you will undoubtedly sign up for it the next year because race day is so exhilarating. The 500 Festival puts on a top-notch race and it’s incredible to see the city and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from such a new and unique perspective.

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

My number one song for motivation is “This is Me” by Kala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble. It is the best song for starting runs. According to iTunes here are some of my other most played songs, “Shark in the Water” by VV Brown, “Now That We’ve Found Love” by Heavy D and the Boys, and “Love Man” by Otis Redding. My music tastes are actually pretty eclectic. It’s not uncommon for my playlist to go from Katy Perry to Fleetwood Mac and then to Jason Aldean. I will listen to pretty much anything with a good beat for training runs. I love finding new music so if you have something new, send it my way!

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?

Diet Coke, Chick-fil-A, and my dogs. I’m very food motivated and I’m very obsessed with my dogs. I would be happy as a clam if I had these things on that island. I’m fairly certain that my loved ones would also say these things are the things that sustain me in everyday life, not just what I would require if I was stranded on an island.

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

Meet Morgan Shiflett- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Morgan Shiflett
City/Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2017

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

My favorite #IndyMini memory is running the race with one of my best friends and celebrating afterwards!

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

Sticking to a plan and enjoying every single run is what motivates me the most.

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

You will have good and bad training runs, appreciate the bad runs more than the good. Training for your first mini marathon is a great challenge that helps you focus on doing something good for yourself and ultimately is such a rewarding journey.

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

The Middle by Zedd.

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?

Someone I loved, workout clothes and a good book!

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

Meet Cynthia Marshall- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Cynthia Marshall
City/Town: Camby, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2019

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Going to the expo in 2018 and meeting Meb Keflezighi. I loved the atmosphere and the excitement everyone had for the Indy Mini and the 500 festival. I knew right away this was something I wanted to be a part of in the future.

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

Black Girls Run Indy group. They make sure I get my long runs in on the weekend and keep me motivated throughout the week.

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

Don’t be intimidated by the large crowd. That’s what has stopped me from signing up in the past. Everyone is there to support each other. It doesn’t matter you run, walk, or have to crawl to the finish line. You have a whole city of runners rooting for you!

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

No particular song. But I always listen to something upbeat and inspirational to cleanse my mind and spirit while I run.

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?

It’s definitely not an item but I would have to say my daughter! I couldn’t imagine being anywhere without her. Having her by my side would be all I would ever need.

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Meet Kevin Anspach- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Kevin Anspach
City/Town: Mooresville, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2015

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Running around the track at IMS for the first time. The history that exists on that asphalt motivates me to power through the rest of the miles. Of course, finishing my first #IndyMini after losing 80lbs was unforgettable! It was an incredible, life changing journey for three years, that was complete when I crossed the finish line.

 

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

My wife has been my support through all of my newest and latest challenges, even though she thinks I’m crazy! I talked her into running her first #IndyMini and am so excited to see her at the finish line! My coach, Michael Winn, has helped me hit my target goals and gave me the knowledge needed to be successful at running. My biggest motivation will always be to stay as healthy as I can, in honor of my father and older brother who passed away too early.

 

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

If it scares the heck out of you to sign up, that means you need to do it! Definitely find a good training plan for the pace you want to keep, and do not skip a workout! The couch is not your friend! To fuel your training and keep your body’s performance at it’s peak, find a food regimen that works towards your goals. I personally have been a big fan of the Paleo eating regimen. I don’t consider that a diet, just clean eating. Make sure you have rest days built in to your workout plans. Your body needs that time to recover and stay healthy.

 

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

I generally don’t run with music, unless I am on the treadmill. If I do, it is a workout station on iHeart Radio. When I am running outside I like to take in my surroundings. ( And listen for approaching dogs.. )

 

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?

Running shoes, oofos recovery sandals, and lots of sun tan lotion!

 

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