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500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 5K

Indy 500 Festival Mini Marathon and 5KIt’s May, and for Indianapolis that means Indy 500 hundred all the time! The 500 Festival is a month-long celebration of the race and our city. It kicked off this weekend with the 38th annual 500 Festival Mini Marathon. I ran the accompanying 5K.

Okay, so ran is a subjective term. Still, I finished, and it was so much fun, my husband and I are actually considering doing the official half marathon next year! Yeah, we might be a little bit crazy. Still, it’s a big event in Indianapolis and the largest half marathon in the country — it would be fun to be a part of that.

Even if I walk most of it.

500 Festival Mini Marathon and 5K in IndianapolisFor both races, there is live music, not only at the start and finish, but throughout the course. I had my own tunes, but I kept taking out my headphones to be a part of the action. There were bagpipes and rappers and belly dancers and so much more. It was an entertaining morning, and a good run through Indianapolis.

The weather was beautiful, and the sun sparkling off the Indianapolis skyline made me so proud to live here. The 5K course takes you over the canal and through the White River State park area. The 13.1-mile course continues on to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with some of the mini-marathon on the actual track. There is even a timing checkpoint right on the Yard of Bricks.

I want to experience that, so I guess it’s time to start training for longer runs. Luckily, Indianapolis is blessed with plenty of walking/running paths and several fun runs to enjoy along the way. I just have to get my body moving. I’ll be slow — much slower than this year’s record-setting 1:01:53 — but I’ll still get a medal at the end!