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2020 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Canceled; Other Events through May 9th Canceled

The 500 Festival is suspending all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9, 2020. The suspension of these events is in accordance with the CDC’s updated guidance to cancel, postpone or provide virtual options for all large events for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The 500 Festival is doing everything possible to minimize the economic impact and ramifications that will be experienced as a result of canceling these in-person events.

The following 500 Festival in-person events will need to be conducted as virtual events, rescheduled or canceled:

  • OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K (May 2) – All 2020 Indy Mini events will move to virtual races. Individuals registered for this year’s races will receive details on how to participate virtually and still earn their 2020 shirt and medal. Other options, including lending a hand in support of the 500 Festival’s free programs for kids or rolling registration over to next year, will be communicated to participants in the coming days. The in-person events will NOT take place.
  • 500 Festival Kick-Off to May, presented by STAR Bank (April 29) – The in-person event will NOT take place. There will be an announcement soon regarding ways the community can participate virtually.
  • Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run (May 9) – The in-person event will NOT take place. We will reschedule this event for another date as guidance related to public events is provided.
  • 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo (April 30 & May 1) – The in-person event will NOT take place. Virtual goodie bags will be sent to participants.
  • All 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study Trips at IMS (April 2020) – All in-person events will NOT take place. Schools will be mailed some additional materials.
  • This list is in addition to the other 500 Festival event cancelations that were announced last week

“The 500 Festival recognizes the unique and challenging times that we are all facing together. May will certainly look different than the last 60+ years but with options to participate virtually or to reschedule some events to a future date we are confident that the future looks bright and the things we hold dearly will continue albeit in a different form,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “As a community nonprofit organization, the 500 Festival looks forward to providing events and programs that enrich lives, foster positive community impact and celebrate the Indy 500. To our participants, volunteers, interns, corporate and civic partners – Thank you for your support!”

To the registered participants of the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, we know that many of you have logged countless hours of training and have made numerous commitments to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. We don’t take your commitments lightly and want you to know that we have exhausted all possible solutions to provide the Indy Mini experience that you’ve come to expect over the last 43 years. We have also been cognizant of the resources that help us produce this community event which includes thousands of volunteers, medical personnel, IMPD, the Indiana National Guard, Homeland Security, Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, corporate partners and many others. Given our current situation and out of respect for the ever-changing needs of those resource partners as well as the health and safety of our participants, it has become clear that moving our 2020 races to virtual runs is the best possible choice. In addition to the participant options, we are also committed to providing you with an on-track running and walking experience at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a to-be-determined date later this year.

Regarding 500 Festival events for the remainder of May, please be patient as we respond to new health-related guidance and develop alternate plans as necessary. Any additional measures or announcements will be communicated to impacted participants, ticketholders, and volunteers via email. It will also be shared on our social media, websites (www.500festival.com and www.indymini.com) and to the media, as they occur.

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Olivia Newton-John to Lead Charity Walk in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

On May 3rd, 2014, the Pink and Blue for Two (PB42) breast and prostate cancer awareness charity, will be joining forces with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. PB42 will lead a “walk within the Mini” to help promote and raise awareness for their organization. Classically known for her role as Sandy in “Grease”, Olivia Newton-John will […]

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Early Bird Registration Deadline for 2014 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Nov. 30

The early bird registration deadline is approaching for the 2014 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. Early registration entries will be accepted through November 30, 2013. The races are scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Registration is available through www.indymini.com. OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon The $60 early registration for the Mini-Marathon, […]

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2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Downtown Indianapolis)

Date: May 4, 2013 – 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $60 through Nov. 30; $75 Dec. 1 – Sell Out

The 500 Festival kicks off May in a big way with one of its premier events, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half-marathon, having sold out with 35,000 participants for the past 11 years.

This 500 Festival tradition will commence May 4 and will mark the 37th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Within its 37-year history, many stories have emerged around the excitement. From United States Olympian marathon runners, the arrival of international runners, to the family traditions, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon provides competition and camaraderie.

Sign up at: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/82120

This post was submitted by Megan Bulla.

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Win a Spot to Race in the 2012 Mini-Marathon from Verizon Wireless

The Indianapolis Verizon Wireless store at Nora Plaza is giving away 18 paid entries to race in the Mini-Marathon.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, the first 50 people at the store have a chance to win. Eighteen lucky winners will be able to register to run in the upcoming May 5 race. Other winners walk away with free swag.

For runners and walkers, just take a quick detour from the Monon Trail Saturday afternoon and head to the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 1340 E. 86th St. in the front of Nora Plaza.

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends: http://on.fb.me/HF7RIN. Visit the page for sweepstakes rules.

Indianapolis is covered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network, providing blazing fast speeds, so customers can share photos and videos from the mini finish line.

Verizon Wireless offers the largest 4G LTE network in the nation. Popular Science called Verizon’s network the “fastest yet,” and PC World recognized Verizon’s 4G LTE network as one of the 100 Best Products of 2011.

This post was submitted by James Winkler.