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This was the 3rd year that I've run the Indy Mini (I also ran in 2012 and 2013), and this was my first year to participate in the wave start. The wave start was implemented last year so people weren't stuck standing in their corrals for so long, and I loved how it made everything flow better (port-a-potty lines were shorter, etc...). The Mini is a huge race, which makes parking and race morning pretty hectic. I'll break the race into sections:
Race Course: Overall the course is pretty good (I still like the Monumental Half Marathon in November more though). The course is fairly flat, and winds out of downtown and towards the Speedway. Running through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems cool in theory, but I actually hate it. It's SO hot in there, and the cement is pretty hard, so the 2.5 miles you're on the track just drag along. It's my least favorite part of any course I've run. Hopping off the speedway at mile 8 is fantastic, and there is a bit of shade through some streets covered in trees. Once you hit mile 10, you hit several neighborhoods and then downtown again as you run towards the finish line. The crowds are fantastic throughout the entire course, and I love all the bands out playing. The course is packed with people from start to finish, and I actually really dislike how packed it is. Between people clipping my heels, cutting in front of me, and stopping in the middle of the street to tie their shoes, the race can get pretty frustrating.
Aid Stations: All excellent. There is plenty of water and gatorade, and when I hit the gu station somewhere in mile 9, they had several different flavors they were handing out. There were medics along the course as well. No complaints here.
Race Communications: Excellent. This is a well run race, and they have everything down to a science. They send out emails throughout the year, which keeps excitement up.
Swag: Fine. The shirts were pretty good this year, and this was the first year that I've run it that they had mens and womens specific shirts, which meant I could finally get a shirt that fit me well.
The Mini is one of my least favorite half marathons that I've done, but I've also done it 3 times, so it must not be THAT bad. It's definitely worth it to sign up for it once just to experience the crowds and the speedway.
For a more specific race recap, check out my blog: http://www.thelittlethingsblog.com/indy-mini-marathon-race-recap-2015/