OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K to take place this Saturday

Tue, May 1, 2012

The 36th Running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2012.  The Mini has sold-out for the past 11 years with 35,000 registrants, and an additional 4,000 participants in the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the U.S., and overall, the seventh largest running event in America. Each finisher will receive a commemorative medal and technical shirt, a participant hat provided by OneAmerica, complimentary qualification or practice day ticket from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and post-race refreshments and entertainment.

New this year:

  • IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter will be in the bucket at Start Line of the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K, wheelchair race and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Others in the buckets will include Chairman, President, and CEO of OneAmerica Financial Partners Dayton Molendorp, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Chairman of the 500 Festival Board of Directors Scott Thiems.
  • The race falls on Cinco de Mayo this year, so in addition to the traditional hand clappers, spectators will receive maracas to cheer on participants (limited quantity).
  • Earlier this year, the 500 Festival hosted a Post Race Party Entertainment contest online that encouraged participants and the general public to nominate and vote for their favorite local band to play on stage at the Post Race Party. The winners are as follows: Blonde Sonja (7 - 10:30 a.m., Verizon stage), followed by Zanna-Doo! (10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Verizon stage) and Greta Speaks (7 a.m. -12 p.m., Family Reunion Area).
  • Food trucks are a welcomed addition to the Post Race Party in Military Park, the following trucks will be on hand: Edward’s Dashboard Diner, Duos, Mac Genie and Molly’s Great Chicago Fire.
  • For the first time, registration for the 2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K on May 4, 2013 will be available at the Mini-Marathon Expo, starting on May 3, 2012.
  • The 500 Festival has partnered with 41 Downtown restaurants to welcome Mini-Marathon and 5K participants. Some restaurants will offer carb-loaded menus the night before the race.

The following items were instituted last year and will continue again this year:

  • The Mini-Marathon offers free runner tracking to allow family and friends to electronically track participants along the course by providing real-time updates via email, text messages, Facebook status updates and/or tweets. Runner tracking registration is open now through May 4 at 9 p.m.
  • Daytime pyrotechnics (fireworks) will be launched near the 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project located in Celebration Plaza in White River State Park. The fireworks are planned to begin at 7:25 a.m., prior to the start of the Mini-Marathon and will last for 30 seconds.
  • At the Start Line, participants can enjoy recorded video messages from legendary Indy 500 drivers wishing them luck on the race.
  • The last mile of the 13.1 mile race, Victory Mile, will be adorned with 100 10-foot black and white checkered flags, complete with music provided by WFMS and recorded famous finishes from past Indianapolis 500®   races over the loud speaker.

Weekend Schedule:

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, Indiana Convention Center (Halls A & B), 100 S. Capitol Ave. 4-8 p.m. This event is free and is open to the public.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, Indiana Convention Center (Halls A & B), 100 S. Capitol Ave 10 a.m.-9 p.m. This event is free and is open to the public.

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

5K participants in corrals, 6:45 a.m.

Mini-Marathon participants in corrals, 7 a.m.

5K Start, Washington Street and West Street, 7:00 a.m.

Mini-Marathon Wheelchair Start, Washington Street and West Street, 7:30 a.m.

Mini-Marathon Start, Washington Street and West Street, 7:33 a.m.

500 Festival Post Race Party, Military Park, New York Street/West Street (Celebration includes entertainment and food) 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. This event is free and is open to the public.                                     

Important Links:

Click here to download maps including the Mini-Marathon and 5K routes, street closings and Start Line. 

Click here to download the Mini-Marathon eConfirmation book which includes race day information, gear check, pit areas, race regulations, race records and more!

Click here for participant parking information, including what garages are open on Mini-Marathon morning and travel tips.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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