OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Sells Out for 12th Consecutive Year

Mon, Apr 1, 2013, 8:59 am

INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2013) – The 500 Festival announced today the 37th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon sold out with 35,000 entries on March 31, 2013. The event is scheduled for May 4, 2013.  Participants from 48 states and 13 countries (US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Turks and Caicos and United Arab Emirates) have registered. Entries postmarked on or before March 31, 2013, will still be accepted.

The Mini is the nation’s largest half marathon with 35,000 runners and walkers.  The Mini-Marathon has continued to grow since its inception in 1977 with a field of just 800 participants.

“Being the nation’s largest half marathon, we are fortunate that the Mini has sold out for the past 12 years,” said Terry Powers, Vice President of Operations. “Each year we continually invest more into the event to enhance the overall participant experience at the Mini-Marathon and 5K whether it’s with state-of-the-art timing technology, runner tracking, or an interactive race expo. We believe this is why the event continues to be a huge success.”

There are several additional events surrounding the Mini-Marathon for both participants and the public to enjoy.  Stop by the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, May 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Halls A & B of the Indiana Convention Center or the 500 Festival Post Race Party in Military Park on May 4, 2013 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration remains open for the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at www.500festival.com for $40 until the date the maximum field of 4,000 is reached.

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Finish Line, Franciscan St. Francis Health and Marsh.

Mini-Marathon Transfer Program

The 500 Festival will allow registration transfers for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon beginning April 1 through April 19, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. Current registrants who are unable to participate may transfer their entry to another person. There is a $20 administration and processing fee associated with all transfers. Learn more about the Mini-Marathon Transfer Program by clicking here.

Here is how the transfer policy works:

  1. A registered participant wanting to transfer his/her registration to someone else must find someone who would like to participate, a person who is not already registered for the Mini-Marathon.
  2. The person transferring into the Mini-Marathon must complete a “transfer request” form. There will be a $20 processing fee associated with the transfer request. Transfer requests will only be processed online. Only the person transferring into the Mini-Marathon needs to fill out the transfer request form.
  3. Once the transfer request is confirmed by the 500 Festival, the participant transferring out of the Mini-Marathon will be removed from race registration and the participant transferring into the race will be added to the field.

 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 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, over 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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