About Us


Why Should I Compete in the Geist Half Marathon? 

The Geist Half Marathon is one of the most scenic, challenging, and best-supported half marathons in the country. 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.

We are changing the lives of our community's students...every...single...day. 

And we’re just getting started!

2016 Board Members

Executive Director

Aprill Shelburne
(317) 670-6603

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 third 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.

Tom Britt

One of the original founders of the Geist Half Marathon back in 2007, Tom has served in various positions over the years including the race's first President, Vice President, Executive Director, and now he serves as an executive board member. If you have ever been a sponsor of the Geist Half over the years, whether it was $1,000 or $25,000, you most likely interfaced with Tom as well. He is a 18 year Geist resident and the publisher/founder of the Geist Magazine which is part of the TownePost Network of hyper local magazines around Indianapolis.

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 Ayars

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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