Thousands brave cold temps to kick off 500 Festival Miler Series

500 Festival 3-miler

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Saturday morning’s brisk temperatures didn’t stop nearly 2,000 athletes from running three miles around downtown Indianapolis.

“It’s Indianapolis, you never know what you’re going to get. Last year, it was the polar vortex and people were still out here,” said Maggie LaMar with the 500 Festival.

The 3-mile race is the first of three races leading up to the Indy Mini Marathon on May 2nd. All three races kick off from The Pavilion at Pan Am, where race registration also took place.

Race organizers say the timing of the races coincide with a typical training program for a spring distance race.

“When you start out running it’s important to pace yourself. Stretching is important so you don’t get hurt. A lot of injuries from running is due to overuse. It’s good to mix in cross-training or swimming if you’re having pain,” said OrthoIndy foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Mark DiLella.

“You take it one mile at a time, you space it out, and you keep moving,” added LaMar.

Those interested in running the 6-miler on March 7 can register here.

The 10-mile race is on April 4.