Two New Faces Finish First at 2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Two New Faces Finish First at 2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Sat, 2013-05-04

A newcomer and a relative newcomer were the class of the field during Saturday’s 2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis. Ethiopian Alene Reta, who was running in just his second Mini-Marathon was the overall winner, and Kenyan Sarah Kiptoo, who trains in Santa Fe, N.M., captured the women’s race in impressive fashion.

Reta, who recently moved from New York to San Francisco and had previously only run in the 2000 Mini-Marathon, won the men’s race in 1:03.57, 20 seconds ahead of Shadrack Kiyai of Jackson, Miss. “I’m very happy,” Reta said. “Everyone comes here to win and are ready to win. Me too. So I came back here to win and am satisfied to win the race.”

The 23-year-old Kiptoo won the womens race in 1:12.24, a full second ahead of Everlyne Lagat of Albuquerque, N.M. “I loved this race,” Kiptoo said. “Because I know the ladies (competing), I had to run my 100-percent best, and I wasn’t sure I would do that. But at nine miles, I said ‘I have chance to win.’ Then I tried to go.”

Temperatures were at 59 degrees with moderate humidity toward the finish of the race – ideal, said both winners. But occasional wind gusts made the course challenging at times. Reta said the wind played a factor in the race. “The weather is nice,” Reta said. “The problem is how windy – some very strong winds that just stopped you. But I like the course. It is very nice. It was just so windy.”

“It was hard at times,” Kiptoo said. “But I said that I just had to focus.”

In the wheelchair race, 49-year-old Krige Schabort of Cedartown, Ga., pulled away down the stretch to win in 45:57. “It’s a good marathon,” said Schabort, a veteran of the South African Army who was injured in a bomb explosion during the Angola Border Battle in 1987 and went on to become a three-time U.S. Paralympic qualifier. “It’s all pushing. There’s no real downhill to uphill giving you a break. It shows your fitness.” Schabort, who was presented with a $1,000 check from Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, hadn’t competed in the Mini since 2005 because of schedule conflicts. But this year it really worked out. “Tomorrow I can be home,” Schabort said. “My kids are doing a triathlon and I want to be there for them.”

Brownsburg’s Ben Hendricks, 19, won the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K Race for the second-straight year.

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, in its 37th year, is the nation’s largest half-marathon, having sold out with 35,000 participants for the past 12 years.The 13.1-mile Mini-Marathon course winds through the streets of downtown Indianapolis and includes a lap around the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500®.


OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Men’s Winner: Alene Reta

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Women’s Winner: Sarah Kiptoo

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Wheelchair Winner: Krige Schabort

Finish Line 500 Festival 5K Winner: Ben Hendricks

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Start Line

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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