Mini-Marathon FAQ

Q: What happened to the Confirmation Book?

Q: I haven't received a Confirmation Postcard yet. Am I registered? What do I do?

Q: Can a friend pick up my Mini-Marathon packet for me?

Q: When is the registration deadline?

Q: How do I confirm my entry to the Mini-Marathon?

Q: Where can I get my results for the Mini-Marathon?

Q: Where is my starting location for the Mini-Marathon?

Q: Where is my starting location for the 5K?

Q: How do I get to Indianapolis? Where do I park?

Q: Where do I get my race bib?

Q: Where do I order training shirts?

Q: Where can I obtain merchandise?

Q: Where are the water stations?

Q: What if I can't finish the race?

Q: When does the race officially end?

Q: Where should I meet my family after the race?

Q: Where can I check my gear during the race?

Q: What are the different awards divisions?

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Q: Can I run in the 5k instead of the Mini?

Q: I'm faster now than when I signed up, can I update my estimated finish time?

Q: Are there going to be shuttles to the race? Shuttles from the Airport, etc?

Q: When is the 2015 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K?

Q: Do you offer a military discount?

Q: Do you offer a corporate or group discount?

 

Q: What happened to the Confirmation Book?

A: The confirmation book is now online and can be found by clicking here.

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Q: I haven't received a Confirmation Postcard yet. Am I registered? What do I do?

A: In 2014, the 500 Festival moved to digital confirmations, meaning each participant will receive an email rather than a mailed postcard. If you do not receive an email by mid- April, click here to confirm your entry and corral.  Please make note of your bib number as you will need it to pick up your bib at the expo.

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Q: Can a friend pick up my Mini-Marathon packet for me?

A: Yes, a friend may pick up your packet for you. Make sure they have your bib number, a copy of your identification and your confirmation email. It may be picked up at the Expo which takes place on Thursday, April 30, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. or on Friday, May 1, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Please note, there will be no race day packet pick-up.

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Q: When is the registration deadline?

A: Registration for the 2015 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will close when we reach maximum capacity for participant entries.

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Q: How do I confirm my entry to the Mini-Marathon?

A: All online registrations will be confirmed via email. If you mail your registration, you or a friend can check to see if your registration has been processed by visiting here. Additionally, all participants will receive a confirmation booklet to be emailed in mid-April. The confirmation booklet will contain detailed race information and merchandise opportunities.

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Q: Where can I get my results for the Mini-Marathon?

A: Participants can find their results by scanning the QR code on their bib with a smart phone. Results will also be posted on the 500 Festival website during the Mini-Marathon. The official results will be posted after the race has concluded. Results from past Mini-Marathons may also be obtained here, dating back to 1998.

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Q: Where is my starting location for the Mini-Marathon?

A: All participants will have a corral letter on their bib number. This letter corresponds to a specific starting location based on your estimated finishing time. You must start in this corral or, if you are starting with another person that is in a different corral, you must start in the slower of the two locations. The order of the corrals are as follows (from fastest to slowest) A, B, C, D, E, F, etc. See the start line map for a diagram of the start area and to locate your corral.

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Q: Where is my starting location for the 5K?

A: See Start Line map; Participants will need to be in corrals no later than 7:00 a.m. EDT.

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Q: How do I get to Indianapolis? Where do I park?

A: Download Indianapolis maps and downtown parking maps here.

See Mini-Marathon street closings here.

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Q: Where do I get my race bib?

A: You can pick up your race number at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo located in the Indiana Convention Center Halls F and G, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Mini-Marathon Expo hours: 

Thursday, April 30 from 4 - 8 p.m., Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP! 

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Q: Where do I order training shirts?

A: Call 1-800-745-6472, or visit the 500Festivalstore.com

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Q: Where can I obtain merchandise?

A: Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Mini-Marathon Expo or by going to the Mini-Marathon merchandise page (click here). Merchandise is also available in Military Park at the 500 Festival Post Race Party following the Mini-Marathon.

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Q: Where are the water stations?

A: The water stations are named Pit Areas as part of the Festival's ties to automotive racing. Click here for a course map. Pit Areas with water are marked with a "W"on the course map and will have blue banners on the course on event day. Pit Areas with Gatorade Endurance Formula are marked with a "G" on the course map and will have green banners on the course on event day. Click here for a list. 

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Q: What if I can't finish the race?

A: The Back of the Pack crew will be on hand to help, and there will be a bus following the last participants of the race. Any Mini-Marathon participants who cannot finish, or cannot keep up with the 18 minute/mile minimum pace can ride the bus to the Post Race Party.

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Q: When does the race officially end?

A: Approximately 12:45 p.m. local time.

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Q: Where should I meet my family after the race?

A: Meet your friends and family in the Family Reunion Area located at the Post Race Party after the Mini-Marathon in Military Park. This area will be divided by letter of the alphabet and will feature live entertainment.  A map of the Post Race Party will be located in your final information packet that you receive in your goodie bag at the Expo. Please make meeting plans prior to the start of the Mini-Marathon.

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Q: Where can I check my gear during the race?

A: UPS Gear check is provided for Mini-Marathon participants, and is located on West Street, north of the start line and south of the Post Race Party. Please use the bag you received at the Expo and tear off tag located on your bib. UPS Trucks are arranged by bib number.  Please identify your bib number and corresponding truck to check your gear.

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Q: What are the different awards divisions?

A: Open (fe)male

Indiana resident (fe)male

Masters (fe)male

Grand Masters (fe)male

Wheelchair (fe)male

Multiple age group categories: 12 and under;13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+

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Q: Can I run in the 5k instead of the Mini?

A: Click here to switch from the Mini-Marathon to the 5k or vice versa.  Please note that you will not receive a refund for the difference in price if switching from the Mini-Marathon to the 5K.  To switch distances, you will need to enter your confirmation code you received at the time of registration.

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Q: I'm faster now than when I signed up, can I update my estimated finish time?

A: Yes, click here to edit your registration information including estimated finish time, t-shirt size, etc. You will need your confirmation code from your registration confirmation to alter your registration.  You will be able to change your registration until March 9, 2015.

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Q: Are there going to be shuttles to the race? Shuttles from the Airport, etc?

A: We do not offer race day shuttles. However, check out the city bus routes at www.indygo.net.

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Q: When is the 2015 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K?

A: The date is Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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Q: Do you offer a military discount?

A: The 500 Festival is proud to support our military and offers a $10 discount on OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon registrations to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel.  Click here for more information.

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Q: Do you offer a corporate or group discount?

A: Yes, we are proud to support companies and groups in their quest for health and fitness.  Please contact Ben Pawelak at bpawelak@500festival.com for more details.

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