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.

Your Favorite Running Accounts are Coming to the #IndyMini

With nearly 30,000 participants, there are a lot of faces to be seen at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. The first round of recognizable runners are the women behind some of your favorite Instagram accounts, blogs, and podcasts.

Lindsey Hein- @lindseyhein626

Lindsey is the host of the popular running podcast “I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein“. She interviews Professional and Olympic runners, as well as everyday runners chasing down big goals. She is passionate about running, community and family. Lindsey has completed 16 marathons and and coaches runners virtually as well as locally here in Indianapolis with Athletic Annex; a group training for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon. She has run the Mini Marathon 10+ times and is super proud of her hometown race. She is the mother of four young boys and you’ll find her around running around the city with them in tow. 

Janae Baron- @HungryRunnerGirl

My name is Janae Baron and I am a wife, mom, blogger and runner!   I am passionate about my family and love spending as much time as possible with them.  I live in Utah and love to train hard and race.  I compete in everything from the 5k to a 50 miler!  I’ve been writing about running on my running blog since 2010 and love the amazing community of runners that I get to be a part of because runners are the best. Check out Janae’s race recap of the 2019 Indy Mini HERE.

Sarah Canney- @sarah.canney

Founder and host of Rise.Run.Retreat. and author of the popular running blog, RunFarGirl, Sarah Canney has developed a loyal following thanks to her authentic voice and talent for storytelling.

After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years as a young adult, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. As Sarah became more involved in the running community, she was inspired by the connections she had made to create Rise.Run.Retreat in 2015.

Sarah’s mission is to help women gain confidence, find strength and make authentic connections through running. As the host, she creates a place for women to be inspired and experience personal growth through running.

Sarah is also a RRCA and USATF Running Coach and since she began running in 2003 has become a competitive mountain runner and was a member of the 2018 US National Snowshoe Running Team, finish 9th at the World Snowshoe Championships in 2019.

Kimberly Clark- @trackclubbabe

A native of Southern California, Kim discovered a love for running 7 years ago. She enjoys sharing the ups & downs of her journey with her followers on Instagram, while encouraging others to dream big. She has traveled to 57 countries & has big goals for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. This will be the second year Kim is coming to Indianapolis for the Indy Mini and 5K. You can read her race review from 2019 HERE.

Charlie Watson- @therunnerbeans

Charlie Watson is a Registered Dietitian,  author of soon to be released Cook Eat Run (a cookbook for runners/athletes) and chronic oversharer. She oversharer about running, eating and life on her blog, www.therunnerbeans.com and Instagram @therunnerbeans. Charlie is a Six Star Finisher and currently training for a BQ!  This will be the second year Charlie is coming to Indianapolis for the Indy Mini and 5K. You can read her race review from 2019 HERE.

You can listen to a live recording of Lindsey Hein’s podcast, “I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein” at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Friday, May 1 at 4 pm inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Afterward, you can meet all four women during a Meet and Greet session. Follow #IndyMini on social media for the latest updates and news!

Still need to register for the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon? Sign up before prices increase on January 1!

Guest Blog: Running Through the Holidays

Jeffery Chapman, a 2020 #IndyMini Ambassador from Indianapolis, shares how he runs through the holiday season.

What does distance running have in common with the holidays? Endurance.


Growing up, I always thought the holidays were a chaotic time of year. It was weeks – sometimes months – of planning: an endless list errands, impossible logistics to coordinate, and of course there is cleaning and shopping. In addition to that, there’s juggling work and social schedules to find compatible times before it all finally finishes with a single-day, grand finale. That sounds a lot like training for a half-marathon, right? Now, as I enter my mid-life years with a spouse and career, I realize that prepping for the holidays as a kid in my parent’s house was basically the equivalent of a 5k run before a full marathon – I was only getting a brief glimpse of what I would really be doing.


There’s no doubt about it, getting ready for the holidays is stressful and time consuming. Despite how important a perfect turkey for Thanksgiving may be, carving out the time for yourself is equally important. When I talk about running and why I do it, I almost always come back to the same motivating factor – I’m prioritizing my own physical and mental health. We can become so consumed with the “season of giving” that we forget to give a little back to ourselves.


Leading up to my multiple-destination holiday tour of visiting what feels like every suburb around the Chicagoland area, I make sure that I’ve seen my chosen family which consists of good friends, neighbors, and co-workers. One of the best parts of that is a lot of my friends have common interests. Nearly every Sunday I can be found running at Ft. Harrison State Park with a great group of people. That group of people is motivating and inspiring but more importantly they hold me accountable. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many Sundays I would have slept in until way-later-than-acceptable instead of getting some miles done. Having people hold me accountable means that I make sure I hit the pavement every weekend. If I’m training for a run while out of town, they know how many miles I should be running and will be waiting to hear what my pace was – this keeps me training.


While having running friends makes things easy, I also use exercise as a way to explore new places and workout trends. Since moving away from the Chicagoland area, there are literally hundreds of new places that have opened for exercise. I try to pick out a couple new places and give them a try; you never know when you’ll find your next hobby. By venturing out into new places I’ve been able to keep my running routine in check while also experiencing a new bouldering gym, Pilates gyms, boot-camp style classes, cycling clubs, and many more new trends.


In short, running during the holidays doesn’t have to be another added item on the to-do list. It can be the thing that you look forward to. It’s a chance to try something new and meet new people while also giving you the opportunity to get out of mom’s house for a couple of hours (if you’re like me and just need some alone time).


If all else fails, just tie your shoes and hit the pavement – you’ll be glad you did.

Black Friday 2019 Deal: Free OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Scarf with Registration!

Black Friday is quickly approaching but we’re starting our deal early! Register for the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon starting at 12:01 am ET on November 26, 2019 through 11:59 pm ET December 2, 2019, and receive a one-of-a-kind knitted #IndyMini stadium scarf! The colors match last year’s beanie, and is the perfectly cozy addition to your winter apparel. The stadium scarf is two-sides, so the designs show no matter which way you wear it! Let the world know you’re training for America’s Best Half Marathon. Plus, you can show off your stadium scarf inside an iconic stadium when you pick up your #IndyMini packet at field level in Lucas Oil Stadium. This exclusive deal is only available for a short time and supplies are limited so register quickly to get yours! Already registered? Purchase yours at a special Black Friday price here.

About the scarf
The two-sided Indy Mini stadium scarf is navy, red, and white, and is 4 feet in length and 7 inches wide. Its knitted soft, acrylic material will keep you comfy and warm all winter long! Across the middle of the scarf is “Indy Mini” with a red Indiana as the “I.” Beneath that reads “OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K.” Each of the sides are identical, with red racing stripes and white and navy checkers like the flag, which symbolizes the end of the Indy 500. A variation of the torch and stars from the Indiana state flag is above a smaller version of the Indy Mini design that’s in the middle.

Questions? Email us at raceinfo@500festival.com. Check below for the answers and terms & conditions of our promotion.

How do I get a scarf?
Simply complete your registration for the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, or one of the Challenges, and you’ll automatically receive this commemorative gift. This offer is only available for Mini-Marathon and Challenge registrations and is not valid for Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K or 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, registrations. No code is necessary.

How long is this deal good for?
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Black Friday scarf promotion will run from Tuesday, November 26 at 12:01 am ET through Monday, December 2 at 11:59 pm ET. No rain checks will be accepted.

How many scarves will I get?
One scarf per person

When will scarves ship?
Scarves will ship the week of December 9 and should arrive by December 24. Scarves will be shipped to the address on the registration. You will receive an email when your scarf ships.

Can I register someone else up for the Indy Mini so they receive the scarf?
Yes! Follow the instructions on the registration form for registering someone else. However, please note that the scarf will ship to the address on the registration if you were planning a surprise.  

Why Do Participants Love the Indy Mini?

What makes the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon so awesome? We surveyed participants and here is what some of the top reasons are!

1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

No other race gives you the chance to be on the track of the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and kiss the bricks (okay, there’s another one but we won’t make you qualify in a field of 33 going over 200 MPH). How legendary is IMS? It’s the largest sporting venue in the world and has been around since. That’s history, tradition, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience you get with your Indy Mini registration at no additional charge. 

2. The Gold Mile

As you enjoy the spectacle of the Speedway, you will reach the Gold Mile, a section of the course that pays tribute to the sacrifice made by fallen service men and women. Their families and volunteers will encourage you while you honor our soldiers. At the Expo, you can also pick up a Gold Mile bib to run in memory of a service member. 

3. Course Entertainment

Headphones aren’t a necessity during the Indy Mini, or should we say this 13.1 mile long concert? Nearly 500 entertainers line the course, from gospel singers to rock bands, string quartets to DJs. 

4. Hoosier hospitality

Ope, let me sneak right past ya to say our participants rave about the Hoosier Hospitality when they do the Indy Mini. From volunteers to businesses around the city, we’re all excited to celebrate the Greatest Spectacle in Running and help you have the best experience.

5. The Swag

Year after year, participants have a finisher medal and participant shirt fit for May. Past medals and shirts have incorporated recognizable Indy 500 attributes, such as the milk bottle, the Pagoda, and IndyCars. Coming soon: the 2020 shirt and medal reveal!

6. Expo

Step inside the field level inside Lucas Oil Stadium pickup your race packet. With over 90,000 square feet of exhibit space, you can check out some awesome vendors in the industry and fun activation to prepare you for the race. Two legendary sporting venues. One epic race weekend. 

5. Post Race Party

Here’s a party worth going to the distance for! After you receive your hard earned medal and grab your runners services goodies, reunite with friends & family and throw down at the Post Race Party in Military Park. 

Don’t miss out on the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon! Register now and see for yourself what makes our race one of the best in the U.S. on May 2. Register at indymini.com/register and share your training on social media by using #IndyMini!

2020 #IndyMini Ambassador Spotlight

Name: Danielle Shively

Where You Live: Lafayette, IN

Year of First Indy Mini: 2015

Fun Fact:
Never ran track or played sports until high school.  Volleyball and short distance were my thing, but long jump was my favorite. I became a group fit instructor as an adult and did everything to avoid running until 2015. 

Favorite Place to Run:

Outdoors on state park trails, wooded or paved, and when visiting Indy the Canal of course. 

Advice:

Running takes time, patience, and dedication.  Listen to your body and be patient for the transformation.  The running family is very welcoming to beginners, and extremely supportive on all levels.  Reach out ask for help and realize we all had to start somewhere.  There is never a question to be embarrassed by so don’t be afraid to ask, and most importantly enjoy your journey and realize that even your story will inspire someone new.