Eva Mozes Kor helps set the pace for 2019 Mini-Marathon

Pacesetting Relay
Eva Kor to be the pacesetter at Mini-Marathon
Mini-Marathon pacesetting

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A team of runners led by Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor set the pace of the 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

A team of runners ran the Mini course through the west side of downtown Wednesday, setting the "official time to beat" for runners in next May's race. Kor, who is 84 years old and stands just 4 feet 9 inches tall, met the relay team for the final leg of the race, crossing the finish line with Ted Green, co-producer of "Eva," a documentary about Kor's life that premieres Thursday, October 25 on WFYI-TV.

"This is a great honor for me and for everyone who needs healing after suffering through life's tragedies," said Kor. "I admire anyone who can complete the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. It takes determination and hope, just like getting through difficult times. This gift will help me share my message all over the world for as long as possible."

For every runner who finishes the 2019 Mini-Marathon faster than the time set by Kor's relay team, the 500 Festival will donate $1 to Terre Haute's CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which was founded by Kor in 2003.

Kor and her twin sister were imprisoned at Auschwitz when she was just 10 years old, separated from most of their family. She fought for her survival until the camp was liberated at the end of World War II. She has since forgiven the Nazis and works to spread a message of hope and peace for those who have suffered.

In 2017, she was honored with Indiana's highest honor, the Sachem Award, and also served as the Grand Marshal of the 61st IPL 500 Festival Parade.

You can follow the pacesetters' progress on social media and cheer them along using the hashtag #TeamEva starting shortly after 9:30 a.m. Kor is expected to cross the finish line on New York Street next to Military Park around noon.

Runners will have a police escort in one lane of the Mini-Marathon course route and drivers should notice a very minor traffic disruption. Watch more than 35,000 runners race through the city live exclusively on WTHR.

Registration for the race opened earlier this month. Register before Oct. 31 to secure the cheapest price, $65.