Kenyan wins 500 Festival Mini-Marathon race

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was a wet and soggy Saturday for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

The race began in front of the JW Mariott downtown, and more than 35,000 people participated in the event.

“I think it really is the perfect combination of Hoosier hospitality. There’s 500 entertainers all around the route, it’s the lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s just the month of May in Indianapolis, people love it, there’s an electricity in the air,” event organizer Sabrina List said.

It started with a 5K at 7 a.m., and then the first wave of the mini began at 7:30.

Panuel Mkungo from Kenya won the mini with a time of 1:03:26. The female first place finisher was Ivy Kibet from Colorado Springs with a time of 1:12:10.

“I am very happy today. I want to thank my family and my friends for this beautiful race. I just want to say thank you for the management of this race, it’s a beautiful course and I am happy for running in this city in Indiana. It is my first time being here,” Mkungo said.

The 500 Festival continues through the month of May with the Breakfast at the Brickyard on May 18 and then the parade May 25.

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