INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Colts fans had a great chance to run across the 50-yard line at Lucas Oil Stadium.
As part of WISH-TV’s Gr8 Health initiative, we teamed up with the Colts and IU Health for a 5K run.
A sea of blue in front of Lucas Oil Stadium is not all that uncommon – at 7:30 in the morning, not so much.
It was the first year for the Back to Football Colts 5K in Indianapolis, but it was joined by 11 other cities across the country as part of the NFL Runs series.
“Yes it is my baby,” said Kelly Hayes, founder of NFL Run Series. “We started off with 12 cities this year, brand new tradition for the NFL. Back to Football runs to kick off the season.”
Partnered with IU Health and WISH-TV, the run is taking strides towards a goal of Gr8 Health, which is why proceeds go to the American Heart association.
“I had my first open heart surgery when I was two at Riley Hospital and then 4 months ago,” said Charles Woods, a volunteer with the American Heart Association. “Actually 4 months ago yesterday I had my second open heart surgery to have a valve replaced.”
“To be a heart survivor at age 32 with a wife and kids it’s really great to see that people are trying to live healthier especially in today’s age to see their grandchildren and children grow up,” he said.
One who was at the front of the pack when it comes to not only great health but Saturday’s 5K was Jake Quagliaroli.
"To see the amount of people who were out here this morning and the number of people that I see out on the trails running, I think it’s nice to see things are changing cause it is needed. It's needed a lot,” Quagliaroli said.
His kids also took part in the NFL Play 60 fun run.
Along with the adults, the little ones crossed the 50 yard line to finish the race.
“That's why I love these types of events because it’s something they can relate to. Sometimes health is not always an exciting topic,” Quagliaroli said. “It’s something they can get out and it’s not even like they’re working out, they’re just staying active because it’s fun to do.”
Finishers received a medal and a picture of themselves on the 50-yard line. The top finishers received tickets to the home opener September 8 against the Raiders.
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