Jean Driscoll was born with spina bifida and has been in a wheelchair since the age of fifteen. She is an 8-time winner of the Boston Marathon, has won two Olympic medals and 12 Paralympic medals and, in 2012, was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Jean retired from her racing career in 2000 and now travels the world speaking about overcoming obstacles in life. She is a motivating voice for hundreds of thousands of people.
“Jean is one of the most phenomenal women I know,” says race director Todd Oliver. “We first engaged with her at the 2016 Carmel Marathon when we invited her to come and speak to school children in the Indianapolis area as well as to runners and sponsors of the marathon. She captivates her audience when she shares her story of overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams. She is one of the most inspiring leaders in women’s sports, inspiring both athletes and non-athletes and those with and without physical disabilities.”
Driscoll will speak to patients at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana on Friday, September 16 at noon. Her appearance at the hospital is sponsored by the Carmel Road Racing Group.
Driscoll will launch the inaugural wheelchair division at the 2016 Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K as well as participate in the event’s opening ceremonies. “I am so humbled to be recognized by the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and really excited to help launch the inaugural wheelchair division at the race,“ said Driscoll. “We can all lead healthier lives and perform to the maximum of our abilities.”
The Opening Ceremonies at the event will begin at 7:15 a.m. at Ohio and Meridian Streets. Registration is open at www.indywomenshalfmarathon.com. Registration fee for the Half Marathon is $60 and the 5K is $25 through August 31st.
About Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K - The Indy Women’s Half Marathon was introduced to the central Indiana running community in August 2010 as the first women’s only half marathon in Indiana. In just five years, it has become the largest women’s running event in the state and a 15th largest Women's half marathon in the U.S. A women’s only race offers a unique atmosphere, emotion and camaraderie from women of all ages and abilities. Some race competitively, some for charities, some for loved ones or for reasons we may never know about and some will run with friends decked out in colorful fashions. According to a 2014 Running USA industry report, there are 8.6 million female runners in the U.S. Within that group, half marathons are the fastest growing race distance. For more information or to register for either the Half Marathon or 5K, go to www.indywomenshalfmarathon.com.