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INDIANAPOLIS  – Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Mozes Kor will set the 2019 One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon pace Wednesday with a team of supporters. 

Kor, 84, will be the anchor of the #TeamEva relay setting the pace for next May’s race. #TeamEva will begin the 13.1 miles at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Street and West Street. She will conclude the race around 12 p.m. on New York Street at Military Park. 

#TeamEva members include several producers of the biographical documentary “Eva,” set to debut on PBS Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Kor is of European descent but now calls Indiana home. She survived interment at Auschwitz with her twin sister, Miriam, during World War II. 

In her memoirs, she recalls being brought to the Auschwitz selection platform, separated from her parents and older sisters, and taken with her twin to the facility’s laboratories for medical experimentation. Eva and Miriam Mozes endured experimentation and starvation at the hand of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele before liberation in January of 1945. Her other family members did not survive.

She married and made her home in Terre Haute where she founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She travels the country sharing her story and her powerful message of forgiveness. 

“This is a great honor for me and for everyone who needs healing after suffering through life’s tragedies,” said Kor in a 500 Festival statement. “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.” 

The community is invited to support #TeamEva with posts on social media or by cheering her team on the race route Wednesday morning. 

For each runner who beats #TeamEva’s pace time on race day next year, the 500 Festival will donate $1 to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 

The mini marathon will take place in downtown Indianapolis Saturday May 4, 2019. Early registration is now open at this link. 

(Photo by Muller Stauffenberg/Getty.)