At 7 am, we took our place in the corral along with the 4,000+ 5k participants. As an association, we decided it would be a great experience, not only to Refuel the bodies of our collective ground, but to get in a little physical activity before manning the Refuel with Chocolate Milk booth.
After successfully completing the 3.1 mile trek through the beautiful White River State Park and adjoining downtown streets, we entered Military Park, home of the Mini-Marathon after-party, where we immediately started handing out 10,000 ice cold pints of chocolate milk.
Did you know chocolate milk is one of the best post-workout recovery beverages? Even the Winners of both the Men’s and Women’s division took part in the chocolate milk celebration!
The runners streaming in between 8 am and 11 am were so excited to see our table of chocolate milk. It may be hard to believe, but the number of times we heard, “This is why I run the mini!” or “This is my favorite part of the Mini Marathon” was unfathomable. Until Saturday morning, I honestly had no idea so many Hoosiers LOVE their chocolate milk after a run, but I am THRILLED they do!
Watching 35,000+ people taking part in a unified walk/run is something I cannot adequately describe. It was an honor to join the ranks, but more than that, it was a joy to witness so many people working on their fitness while consuming a product that is so near and dear to our hearts.
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Mini Marathon participants! We were honored to be a part of your recovery efforts!