PASCA MYERS WINS EIGHTH ANNUAL INDY WOMEN’S HALF MARATHON
Country’s Seventh Largest Women’s Half Marathon Draws Thousands to Downtown Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (OCT. 1, 2018) – Pasca Myers was the winner of the eighth annual Indy Women’s Half Marathon, held on Saturday, Sept. 29 in downtown Indianapolis. Myers, who is originally from Kenya and currently lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa, won the race in a time of 1:16:03, the fastest time on this course in five years. Rachael Brewer of Champaign, Illinois placed second and Taryn Thor of Kokomo, Indiana, rounded out the top three race finishers on a day that was picture perfect from start to finish. The event’s reputation as one of the fastest fields for women-only half marathons was again evident as seven states were represented in the top 10 finishers.

In the 5K, Evansville’s Lauren Minor won in a time of 17:46, followed by second place runner Ashley Schacht and third place finisher Jessie Hoffman. Both Schacht and Hoffman reside in Indianapolis. Cash prizes were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the half marathon and the top three finishers in the 5K.  More than 1,600 women ran the half marathon or 5K event.

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Rescue Labradore and Star of the “Run Bella Run to the Rescue” Campaign to Run Her 14th Half Marathon in Indianapolis 

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 21, 2018) – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 29, is a race that women run for a variety of reasons. While some join the race to reach a personal record, others run to remember a love one or to support a cause. This year, Evansville’s Elizabeth Morgan is joining the field to support an organization dear to her heart – the Humane Society – and her famous running partner Bella the lab is joining her.

Three years ago, Elizabeth, a long-time runner, had lost her passion for the sport after a string of injuries and a long-time focus on reaching a Boston-qualifying marathon time. She was burnt out and frustrated that things were just not going her way on the trails. This burnout led her to seek out a new running companion – a rescue Labrador retriever named Bella.

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Former Olympian Solange Cordeiro DE SOUZA to Join the Field at the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, Honored with the Indy Women’s “Trailblazer Award” for Her Perseverance Throughout Her Career

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 14, 2018) – Today the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K announced that Solange Cordeiro de Souza is being honored with the second “Indy Women’s Trailblazer Award” for 2018. The Indy Women’s Trailblazer Award program, previously called the “Phenomenal Women” award, honors women who strive to make a difference in the lives of others, women who inspire others to succeed, and women who support other women and encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles. De Souza, who ran the marathon in the 1996 Olympic Games for her native country Brazil, is now an Indianapolis resident who had to overcome numerous obstacles in her quest to be a world-class runner, will share her story at the Fitness Expo. She will also run the 5K on Sept. 29, giving women the opportunity to run a 5K alongside an Olympian!

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Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K Names Sarah Bishop the First of its “Trailblazer Award” Winners

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2018) – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K announced
today that it has named elite runner Sarah Bishop as its first of two “Trailblazer Award”
winners for 2018. The Indy Women’s Trailblazer Award program, previously called the
“Phenomenal Women” award, honors women who strive to make a difference in the lives of
others, women who inspire others to succeed, and women who support other women and
encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles.

A former All-American 800-meter runner in college, Bishop began running longer distances
later in her life after a career in the Air Force and having four children. She ran track and
cross country, but focused on shorter distances while competing at Auburn University. She
took several years off and had her four daughters, now ages 8, 6 and twins who are 5, but
said that after a while she began to feel overwhelmed with balancing her career as an
engineer, being a mother and being a wife. “I almost felt like I had lost a part of myself,” she
said. She felt like it was time for her to start doing something for herself and made a
commitment to begin running again.

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INDY WOMEN’S HALF MARATHON AND 5K BRINGS AREA’S FASTEST FEMALE RUNNERS TO COMPETE ON SEPTEMBER 29

Event is the Largest Women’s-Only Race in Indiana and the Country’s Seventh Largest Women’s Half Marathon INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2018) – Some of the Midwest’s fastest women will be lacing up their running shoes and getting ready to compete on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. Since its start in 2010, the Indy Women’s Half Marathon has grown to be the largest women’s-only running event in Indiana and the seventh largest women’s half marathon in the United States. With a unique lineup of elite female runners, as well as thousands of others who are running for a personal best, running to honor a loved one, or just running for fun, the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5k celebrates the strides made in women’s running and walking.
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2018 Pace Team Announced

The 2018 Half Marathon Pace Team features a veteran crew of runners from around the Indianapolis area. The ten members of the pace team focus on helping race participants stay on track to reach their race day goals and finish strong.

Access to a pace group is included with half marathon registration. Participants may join their desired pace group by locating their desired pacer in the start corrals before the race begins.

The 2018 Pace Team includes:

  • Michelle Ansley (1:40)
  • Chris Wright (1:45)
  • Aubrey Lehman (1:50)
  • Cherelle Lamik (2:00)
  • Katlyn Scott (2:10)
  • Michelle Thompson (2:15)
  • Sarah Hill-Abel (2:20)
  • Katarzyna Cantu (2:30)
  • Taffanee Keys (2:45)
  • Teresa Hazel (3:00)

Charity Partners Announced  

I.W.I.N.Foundation supports women statewide currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for individual services that relieve emotional, physical, and financial burdens.

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through running, creating educational and employment opportunities and helping members move toward stable housing.

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