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…
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.