The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, owned and produced by Carmel Road Racing Group, will recognize Andrea as one of three Phenomenal Women to be introduced at this year’s race. The other women will be announced at later dates.
“I am inspired by Andrea, how hard she has worked and how much she has achieved,” says race director Todd Oliver. “. I think it is truly an amazing story and we cannot wait to see her there. She is a great example to all women about overcoming adversity, no matter what your challenges may be “
Vellinga, who has been training for the 2016 event is excited to participate. “I was in training for the 2011 event when I was injured,” says Vellinga. “My doctors told my parents that part of my recovery has been due to the great shape I was in when it happened. Now, it’s wonderful to think about finally participating.”
Vellinga will participate in the Opening Ceremonies at the event, which begin at 7:15 a.m. at Ohio and Meridian Streets. Runners are invited to run with Andrea if they wish. 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.
About Carmel Road Racing Group - Carmel Road Racing Group (CRRG) is a running event company based in Carmel, Indiana. Our signature events include the Carmel Marathon Weekend in April, Indy Polar Bear in February,8-Hour Endurance Race in July, Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5Kin September and Donut 5K in December. The Carmel Half Marathon (held in conjunction with the Carmel Marathon) and the Indy Women’s Half Marathon are the two fastest growing half marathons in the state. CRRG also manages conference 5K events for non-profit membership and trade associations. Throughout the last eight years, CRRG has planned and executed 5K run/walks in 12 states. For more information go to www.carmelroadracinggroup.com.