Macy Pohl will be on the other end of the 500 Mini-Marathon race this time.
Pohl, a 500 Festival Princess, will be on the volunteering side of the May 4 race. The 2015 Bishop Chatard High School graduate, a senior majoring in health sciences at IUPUI, is one of four 500 Festival Princesses from Fishers. The others are Regan Giesting, Emily Ratliff and Savannah Bratcher.
Pohl, who played volleyball and tennis at Chatard, ran her first Mini at age 12.
“We were training at the HSE Junior High (and) my mom (Mary Ann) said, ‘Why don’t you try and run the Mini with me?’ My mom and I have been running the Mini ever since. I skipped one year for prom,” Pohl said. “It’s a great mother-daughter thing. I’m excited to be on the other side of volunteering for the race because I know what (the runners) are feeling and what is going on in their head.”
Pohl is applying for a doctorate in occupational therapy.
Giesting, a 2015 Hamilton Southeastern High School graduate, is a senior studying computer science at DePauw University.
“Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of women role models in the STEM (fields),” Giesting said. “I thought the Princess program (gave me the opportunity) to talk about the STEM field and serve as a role model I didn’t have. I’m looking forward to the outreach programs I’m putting on. I get to talk about how technology is used in IndyCar.”
A racing fan, Giesting said she has been going to the Indy 500 for several years.
Ratliff, a 2016 Hamilton Southeastern graduate, is an Indiana State junior majoring in elementary education.
“I’m most looking forward to giving back to the community where I grew up and going to elementary schools and get them really excited and teach them about the Indy 500,” Ratliff said.
Ratlfiff is eager to take part in the May 11 Kids’ Day and Rookie Run.
“We get to run with all the little kids,” Ratliff said.
Ratliff’s college friend Maggie Glowinski served was a Princess last year.
“She encouraged me to do it,” Ratliff said. “She showed me the website and how to apply.”
Ratliff said she has been to the parade the last few years and watches the race on TV with her family.
Bratcher, a 2016 Fishers High School graduate and Purdue University junior, said the leadership and women empowerment aspects attracted her to the program.
“There are very few programs around that are able to bring women together, especially at a young age,” Bratcher said. “I’ve enjoyed getting to meet all the women.”
Bratcher is a public relations and strategic communications major.
“I’m a lifelong race fan and (was a public relations) intern in IndyCar for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2017 and 2018,” she said. “It’s really exciting to get see another aspect of the race. I’ve enjoyed talking to kids about all the potential careers they could have in IndyCar.”
Bratcher said her goal is to work in racing or with a nonprofit. She said she has been involved with Purdue University Dance Marathon.