The Monumental Mile – We Can Do This!

This Thursday evening the folks who run the Monumental Marathon are hosting a new and excited run. They are going to run a one mile run down Meridian Street. Can you walk or run one mile? I know you can, join me in this one mile trot. 

The first 1000 registered runners will receive  an inaugural tech tank top.

The end of the run will have beer and food trucks.

One runner will try and break the four minute mile. That runner will not be me.

Are you up for a challenge? Do you want to see how fast you can run a mile? If you can run a mile on June 5th, you can begin training to run the Monumental Marathon on November 1st. Seriously, there is enough time to train to run a marathon between now and November 1st. Find a training program and stick to it. If you follow a marathon training program, you will be successful!

Here is the registration link. Online registration ends at midnight on Wednesday, June 4th.

The registration fee is $20.


Disclosure – My registration fee was waived in exchange for promotion for this event. My thought and views are my own.


Carmel Relay For Life Photos

Last weekend, I got to photograph the Carmel Relay for life. Here are some of the photographs.

Crashing my friend Randy Clark and his band Under The Radar.

Steve Hill’s Skate Across Indiana

This Friday, my friend Steve Hill will attempt something that has never been done before.  He is going to attempt to skateboard 160 miles across the state of Indiana to raise money to fight the AIDS epidemic in Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Steve is planning on covering this amazing distance in two days.  I learned about his endeavor on twitter and  we met at the Monon Skate Park where he shared his story with me.

If you are in the Carmel/ Fisher Indiana area on Friday night, look up his location on Twitter. Steve is going to follow the RAIN ( Ride Across Indiana) bike route. Obviously, no highways and most of the street are skateable and allow for a slow moving support vehicle.

If you can donate to the Christian World Outreach(CWO), please visit Steve’s site.

If you’re on Twitter, follow him and show your support at @SkateIndiana and @EpiclySteve

Hot Wheels Exhibit at The Children’s Museum



Last week we visited The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis  to take the Little People to the new Hot Wheel’s exhibit. We were sure they would love it because their grandpa brings them Hot Wheel cars every time he comes over for a visit. I wasn’t sure it @GotChaBaby and I would because of all the cars we have stepped on in the dark. Come on parents, you know what I’m talking about. If it’s a small toy, you’ve stepped on it in the dark.



They have six full sized cars in the display area. All of these cars were either actual cars created into Hot Wheels cars or Hot Wheel cars fabricated into full sized cars. The centerpiece display is one of the cars designed by Hot Wheels Chief Designer, Larry Wood, called The Bone Shaker. It was cool to see this roofless vehicle with it’s skull grill because my kids have this car in their collection and I had one growing up as well. They also have a full sized version of the first Hot Wheels car that was made into a real automobile, the Twin Mill. We saw this car for the first time at the Indianapolis Speedway a couple years ago at the 35 th Anniversary Hot Wheels stop a couple years ago. Then, it was green, now it’s blue.



MaM took a liking to the exhibit right away. She loves cars. Her dream car is a sparkly blue Corvette The highlight for her was the twenty plus foot Hot Wheels ramp that had a loop in it. She figured out that she could line up ten cars and send them down the ramp at the same time. I caught her filling up her pockets with cars and waiting in line to send the cars on their way. She so liked the area that let her trace the parts of the car on paper. The museum had a similar display during the Barbie exhibit.
AfM liked the smaller track exhibits. He was happy to keep sending the cars down whatever ramp he was standing in front of, just going from ramp to ramp.
The workers in the area were really good with the kids and answered questions for the adults such as “How many cars do you think you’ll go through?” I was told that she wasn’t sure but it amount looks considerably less than what they started with that morning. GotChaBaby asked @TCMIndy the same question, via Twitter, and found out they started with 3000 cars. I wonder how many are left now?



The Hot Wheels For Real exhibit is at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis until January 27th, 2013. If you haven’t taken your kids there, you should, this is one of the best “hands-on” museums for little people.

@EpiclySteve Skateboards Across Indiana

On June 8th, a friend of mine will attempt something that has never been done before. Steve Hill is going to attempt to skateboard 160 miles across the state of Indiana to raise money to fight AIDS in Zimbabwe and Zambia. He will start on the Illinois/ Indiana border and head east towards Ohio following a route similar to the Ride Across Indian route. He told me that he hopes to hit Carmel by the evening of June 8th and hit the Ohio border by the following night.

If you can help Steve on this never been done before feat, please click here to donate.

Click here to follow his progress on Twitter @EpiclySteve



I Get To Be Part Of An INDY Car Pit Crew

I am getting to do one of the coolest things ever. And I have been to two state fairs.  I am part of a media pit crew for Community Day being held at the Indianapolis 500 race track. This is going to be legendary. Possibly EPIC.

I was asked to be on the team by NaptownBuzz with CS_INDY, and Lance. We are going to try and raise $5000 for School On Wheels ( @IndySOW on Twitter).  School On Wheels helps kids, impacted by homelessness, keep their education on track. We are competing against eleven other local media teams.

If you want to drive your car on the track, enter off of 30th street.  I did this last year, its pretty cool.  A couple years ago, I got to drive on of the parade truck around the track for the Brickyard.  Circling the 2.5 mile track is pretty cool.

I hope that we win the for School on Wheels.

Tour De Carmel Bike Ride

We have a new activity to keep the family busy on Thursday nights.  The weekly bike ride in Carmel with Carmel Pedals( aka #TourDeThursdays). I gave it a test run to see if the routes were going to be family friendly before taking my family. I was happy to learn that the routes selected are based on the bike trail system that runs through Carmel, Indiana. I initially thought that we would be doing a large amount of riding on the Monon Trail system, instead we rode through Carmel.

This bike ride is a free, weekly biking event open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. The ride was  created by Bruce Kimball. He told me on the first ride that he wanted to start a low key bike ride that got people together to ride on the bike trails in Carmel. Bikers are not locked into doing the same trail as the group. If they want to break off and explore another trail, they are more than welcome to do so. Best part about the ride, no spandex required.

Last week, I brought my family on the ride. Yes, two little kids on a seven mile ride. I pulled The Fox who sat in the trailer and Michelle pulled The Monkey on the hitchhiker. The kids enjoyed it. We were on the road for about an hour and completed seven miles. We stopped half way at a fire department open house and to re-fuel. The week before, we didn’t stop and kept riding. You ride at your own pace. The pace of this rice is not extremely fast, it is leisurely.  We road on bike trails except for when we drove through a residential area. We rode on low traffic side streets and crossed four roundabouts.  This is something that becomes a little tricky when hauling a bike trailer. Not impossible, just a little tricky.

The family enjoyed our time together during the ride.  Some of us, post to Twitter while we ride.  This is a great low impact ride if you are new to biking or are looking for a low pressure ride in the evening. Afterwards, you can enjoy a beverage and the open mic night at SoHo Cafe.

For more information

Carmel Pedals on Twitter

Carmel Pedals on Facebook

Carmel Cyclery on Facebook

If you want to ride, head over to the SoHo Cafe in Carmel this Thursday night at 6:30pm