About Us

 

Why Should I Compete in the Geist Half?

The short answer…because the Geist Half Marathon is a) one of the most scenic, challenging, and best supported half marathons in the country and b) we’re changing the lives of students every…single…day. The Geist Half Marathon Inc. is an Indiana non-profit corporation organized to inspire health and wellness in the children in and around the Geist Reservoir community of Indianapolis, Indiana. We believe healthy bodies contribute to healthy minds, and healthy minds result in improved student outcomes and stronger communities. Working closely with runners, walkers, and our sponsors, the Geist Half Marathon raises funds to benefit wellness and fitness programs implemented within our local schools.

The St.Vincent Geist Half Marathon school program is one aspect of our annual event we are most proud of. Last year, over 1,800 students competed in the actual race. Another 75,000 students were directly impacted thanks to the programs we were able to support through the generosity of our volunteers, competitors, and local sponsors. We are working to build upon this success in an effort to grow our impact on these vital programs, the overall health of our community, and the total number of students we directly and indirectly serve, support, and build into. To date, the Geist Half Marathon, Inc. has donated over $400,000 to Geist area schools. And we’re just getting started…

2016 Board Members

Executive Director

Aprill Shelburne
(317) 670-6603
geisthalf@gmail.com

Aprill Shelburne serves as the Executive Director for the Geist Half Marathon. She joined Geist Half in 2010. Aprill initially focused on growing our school programs, a natural fit as the mom to two daughters who came up through the HSE school district. Her passion for promoting the development of healthy kids continued to grow as did her involvement with Geist Half.

This is Aprill’s second year as Executive Director, and she’s looking forward to another great race! Outside of her role with Geist Half, Aprill enjoys being a small business owner and spending time with her daughters. She also loves traveling and in the last couple of years, she’s ventured to Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

Meet The Board

 

Mike Napariu

Mike serves as president of the board and is a self-proclaimed sports nut, cheering especially for IU, the Pacers, the Colts and the St. Louis Cardinals. He's been on the board since the second year of the Geist Half and really appreciates the mission and the effect it has on the community. He is a past board chair of the Carmel Chamber and a past board member of the Ronald McDonald House and Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. He is also a long-time supporter of the 500 Festival and the Boy Scouts. Mike works in commercial real estate for REI Real Estate Services and graduated from IU’s Kelly School of Business with a degree in accounting. He's also a CPA and a CCIM. Mike is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the SKL Leadership Series.

Matt Quinn

Matt joined the Geist Half Marathon as a board member in 2012 and continues to serve the community through the race. He has tackled various responsibilities but primarily handles T-shirt logistics and the gear check area. Matt brings over 20 years of experience managing multi-faceted sports related businesses and events. Matt is currently employed by Indy Premier as a Rec Plus coach, in addition to managing the multiple properties owned and leased by the non-profit soccer club. Matt graduated from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in sport organization and Xavier University with a Master's in sports administration.

Shawn Bullock

Shawn joined the Geist Half Marathon board for 2016. A Fishers resident since 1997, he spent a number of years on the athletic fields coaching his children, where he developed a true passion for youth sports programs. He brings that enthusiasm to the Geist Half Marathon team where he hopes to continue making an impact on Geist area youth through GHM’s school programs development. Shawn has a BA in mathematics from Wabash College and an MBA from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business. He has an extensive background in commercial real estate finance, having held a number of senior finance positions in the banking industry over the past 20 years. He is currently a senior vice president with Associated Bank, where he is responsible for business development throughout Central Indiana.

Jimmy Girot III

Jimmy joined the board last year and mostly worked with Expo/Packet Pick-up planning. Serving on the Geist Half Marathon board is important to him because it blends two things he is passionate about: physical activity and community service. Outside of the Geist Half Marathon, Jimmy is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and enjoys mentoring his Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.

John Vandenbark

John has been on the board for one year but has run the Geist Half multiple times both with both of his children. Last year, he set a personal best of 1:37 at age 44. He believes it's a great race and loves the fact it helps support local schools.

Cinde Ransom

Cinde has been a board member with the Geist Half Marathon since the 2013 race year. She is passionate about promoting and leading a healthy lifestyle and is a life-long athlete, playing four years of varsity soccer and tennis in high school. Although now only a weekend athlete, she loves dedicating her time to encouraging fitness in her community through coaching soccer and cross country, participating on race teams to raise money for local charities and volunteering with the Geist Half Marathon board. Cinde is a CPA for Eli Lilly and Company, as well as a member of the Grace Church – Fishers community. She lives in Fishers with her husband, two elementary-aged boys and several crazy pets.

Patty Torr

Patty has been a long-time Geist Half Marathon board member. She joined because the cause is one she's passionate about. Supporting the schools is necessary, and more than that, educating children (and adults) about the importance of exercise is critical to the future of health and wellness for all of us. Her focus is health and fitness. Patty's 86 year old mother, who has regularly exercised her entire life, still does an hour long fitness video every day and walks two miles every day is her inspiration. Patty graduated from Indiana University with a degree in forensic studies. She's served as a realtor with F.C. Tucker since 1997.

Scott Fussell

Scott is a new addition to the Geist Half board and focuses primarily on digital marketing outreach. He lives in Fishers with his wife and their favorite U13 soccer player. Scott is a beginner cyclist and an avid runner, having competed in over 10 half marathons and finishing three fulls. After “retiring” from a lengthy career as a local youth sports coach last year, he co-founded and now leads RUN XPT, a Fishers/Geist area running and walking club whose primary objective is to support others on their training and fitness journeys through community and connection. Professionally, Scott serves as the Director of Partnerships and Education for CSL Management, a property management firm focused solely on fraternity and sorority housing and operations. At CSL, Scott focuses on the firm’s business development, marketing and education initiatives.

Jim Verona

I joined the Geist Half BOD in advance of the second race. When I experienced the inaugural race and realized the benefit to the community, the success of the event, the excitement for the participants and the significant financial benefit for the local student community wellness programs, I had to jump in. While I’m not a runner, my wife is, so I understand the benefits of running and wellness and know how important it is to our kids. I also experienced the fun and excitement that the race brings to our entire community and so many involved, including the many volunteers. While the preparation and time investment is significant for many, the enjoyment of the actual day makes it all worth it. I am proud of our event and appreciate the opportunity to work each year in making small improvements for all to enjoy. We are serving a great cause and a well deserved mission. While I am involved in other volunteer organizations and have a leadership role, the Geist Half is one that I get to see specific and tangible benefits from.

David Ayers

Dave has been associated with the Geist Half since the inaugural race. He was the HSE Schools Foundation liaison to the race and helped garner support for the race in the HSE district, mostly in transportation and facilities use. Dave officially joined the board in 2013 as a VP of Volunteers and Transportation. As a 15-year resident of the Fishers/Geist area, father of two HSE graduates, and past president of the HSE Schools Foundation, he has continued to serve as an ambassador of the race to HSE as well as to the Fishers police, who oversee all traffic management on race day. He and his wife Patti live in the Geist area and enjoy boating, traveling and family activities. He is a real estate investor with his company Ayars Enterprises.

Marvin Brown

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