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December 8, 2020

500 Festival Transitions 2021 Miler Series, Presented by OrthoIndy, to a Virtual Event Due to COVID-19 Pandemic 

The three-race series will be a virtual event out of an abundance of caution for participants, volunteers, staff, and the city of Indianapolis   INDIANAPOLIS (December 8, 2020) – The 500 Festival today announces that the in-person 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, has been transitioned to a virtual-only event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race series, which traditionally takes place during the early spring …

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December 2, 2020

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Named #1 Half Marathon of the Decade in the 2020 Edition of The BibRave 100 

Runner nominations and votes decided the Best Races in America for the decade.  INDIANAPOLIS (December 2, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces that the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon was recently named the #1 Half Marathon of the Decade in the 2020 edition of The BibRave 100: A Definitive …

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November 10, 2020

Applications Open for 2021 Virtual 500 Festival Princess Program

Indiana’s College Women Looking for Leadership Development and Philanthropic Opportunities Encouraged to Apply INDIANAPOLIS (November, 10 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and program that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, is accepting applications for the 2021 Virtual 500 Festival Princess Program. Since 1959, the 500 Festival …

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November 9, 2020

500 Festival Running Ambassador Andrew Peterson to Complete Hoosier Holiday Challenge in Three Days

Peterson will complete 150 miles over three days across Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces that 500 Festival Running Ambassador and Special Olympic Athlete Andrew Peterson will run the 150 miles for the  Hoosier Holiday Challenge, presented by …

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October 20, 2020

500 Festival Foundation Hires Christine Swarm as Executive Director

INDIANAPOLIS (October 20, 2020) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces the hiring of Christine Swarm as executive director of the 500 Festival Foundation. The 500 Festival Foundation, a fully-charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to ensuring relevance, reach, and sustainability of the 500 Festival’s …

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October 12, 2020

500 FESTIVAL BUILDING TO FEATURE MURAL IN HONOR OF EVA KOR

“Team Eva” and 500 Festival team up to commission a mural honoring inspirational Hoosier in larger than life tribute   INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that installation will begin this week on a massive, world-class mural …

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October 7, 2020

500 Festival Launches New Virtual Fitness Challenge: Hoosier Holiday Challenge, presented by Khamis Fine Jewelers, benefitting Gleaners

New virtual fitness challenge completes the 150 mile distance between Indiana destinations – Turkey Run State Park and the town of Santa Claus   INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the launch of the Hoosier Holiday …

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August 17, 2020

Indianapolis McDonald’s Restaurant to Host Donation “Drive-Thru” Fundraiser for 500 Festival Foundation

McDonald’s partners with 500 Festival for August 20 fundraising event at 71st Street restaurant INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 17, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced a donation “drive-thru” fundraiser benefitting the 500 Festival Foundation will be held on Thursday, …

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August 12, 2020

Registration Open for First-Ever Virtual 500 Festival mini-mini Kids’ Run 

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces registration is open for the first-ever virtual 500 Festival mini-mini kids’ run. Virtual mini-mini participants will complete their race distance whenever and wherever they choose during the month of October 2020. The mini-mini shirt and medal will be shipped to them. The virtual mini-mini is open to kids of any age, but it is …

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August 4, 2020

Registration Opens for 500 Festival’s 2020-2021 Free Youth Programs For Schools

Festival’s Education Program, KidsFit Program and Mini-Moves Program offer unique lessons and activities for Hoosier students to explore Indy 500’s impact on state history and inspire physical activity   INDIANAPOLIS (August 4, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, …

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