500 Festival Volunteer Program

Presented by Citizens Energy Group

Become a Volunteer!

The only event currently open for volunteer registration is the 500 Festival mini-mini on September 17.

The mini-mini is a unique event and a limited number of volunteer roles are available. We invite you to sign up for this awesome opportunity and volunteer with us for this one-of-a-kind youth run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These spots won’t last long!


 2017 500 Festival mini-mini


Opportunities include:

  • Runners’ Services: Be part of the finish line celebration! 
  • “Ask Me”: Help participants (and their fans) with questions and provide directional assistance.
  • Reunion Area: Help runners reunite with their parent or guardian. 
  • Start Line Assistant: Organize participants into their corrals for the start of the race!
  • PR Bell: Celebrate mini runners’ accomplishments as they ring the PR Bell!
  • Obstacle Course: Help kids enjoy the fun of the obstacle course before or after their race on the track.


As a nonprofit organization, we rely on a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure our events and programs continue to enrich the lives of half a million people every year. Working together in true Hoosier spirit, our volunteers help create an exciting and impactful community-led road to the Indianapolis 500.

The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group, offers more than 100 areas of volunteer opportunity, providing a role to fit every interest and ability. We’re looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support our wide variety of programs and events, such as the IPL 500 Festival Parade, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Special access at 500 Festival programs and events
  • Free, commemorative volunteer t-shirt
  • Free collector’s pin
  • Invitation to volunteer appreciation day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Questions? Contact: volunteer@500festival.com


See what our volunteers have to say about their experience

“500 Festival staff does a great job of running this flurry of events in May!”

Kids’ Day Volunteer

“It was a fun and awesome experience. Runners made the volunteers feel greatly appreciated!”

“I really enjoyed all the upbeat and positive vibes from everyone from the 500 Festival staff to the participants running/walking, it was a totally awesome experience.”

Mini-Marathon Volunteer

“An excellent opportunity to share a significant part of Central Indiana history with our youngest fans.”

Education Program Volunteer

“I’ve been walking as a volunteer with floats for 13 years, and enjoy it each year.”

“I would love to be a balloon volunteer again. We LOVED it. We enjoy volunteering at a lot of places, and the 500 Festival is a really great opportunity. Thanks!”

Parade Volunteer