Indy Women’s Half Marathon “Trailblazer Award”
The Indy Women’s Half Marathon was founded in 2011 as a way to celebrate the strength of women and promote the benefits of running, both to the individual and the community.
Since 2016, the Indy Women’s Half Marathon has recognized women each year with the “Phenomenal Women” award. This award is presented to women who are positively impacting the sport and women’s health through innovation, volunteerism, and/or
encouraging, implementing and championing healthy lifestyles through sport. This year
race organizers have renamed the honor the “Trailblazer Award” to better reflect how the
honorees blaze a trail for women who come after them.
The Indy Women’s Trailblazer Award program seeks to honor 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. An honoree of the
Indy Women’s Trailblazer Award must meet one of three criteria: she is an advocate for
women’s running, she has changed her community for the better or she has overcome
personal or physical adversity.
This year’s Trailblazer Award winners will be announced prior to the race and recognized
at a ceremony during the pre-race expo on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
Past winners of the Indy Women’s Half Marathon Trailblazer Award include:
- Jean Driscoll, an 8-time winner of the Boston Marathon as a wheelchair participant, four-time paralympian and 12-time medalist in the Paralympic Games.
- Tonya Lewis Lee, activist and producer, author and lawyer and founder and the founder and editor-in-chief of the blog “Healthy You Now.”
- Andrea Vellinga, Indiana resident who survived the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 and made a miraculous recovery.
- Nancy Shepherd, R.N., the founder and former executive director of the Indiana Women in Need Foundation (I.W.I.N.).
- Trena Roudebush, local women’s running advocate and active volunteer with a number of youth and women’s organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Kiwanis International, and Coburn Place Safe Haven, among others.
- Kimberly Murray, school nurse, breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s running.
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