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August 16, 2017

A Visit With Eva Kor

The 500 Festival made a visit to see Eva Kor, our 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade Grand Marshal, at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana this week. In true Eva fashion, she was ready to walk through the entire facility describing each segment of the tour, detailing pieces of her …

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August 10, 2017

Former 500 Festival Princess Stays Involved Through Volunteering

“What I got from being a Princess could never be repaid, but I wanted to give back in any way I could.” – Adrianne Johnson   Adrianne Johnson was a 2015 500 Festival Princess. Now, she’s a 2017 500 Festival award-winning volunteer. Named one of the 500 Festival’s unsung heroes, Adrianne was thrilled to stay …

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August 9, 2017

10 Women You Didn’t Know Were 500 Festival Princesses

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, is one of the 500 Festival’s most time-honored traditions. The upcoming 2018 class of 33 Princesses will represent the program’s 59th year in existence. Just short of 2,000 Princesses have walked step by step with the 500 Festival through the month of May. Of this select group, …

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August 1, 2017

2017 Volunteer Awards

  The 500 Festival relies on thousands of volunteers to help us produce life-enriching events and programs that create an exciting and impactful community-led road to the Indianapolis 500. Our 2017 Volunteer Award Winners went above and beyond, demonstrating dedication, selflessness and a commitment to excellence – true hallmarks of Hoosier hospitality and spirit. Get …

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August 1, 2017

The Scenic Route: Rhonda Smith

Volunteer of the Year     Rhonda Smith has been volunteering for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon for 11 years now. During that time, she’s passed out water and Gatorade to thousands and thousands of runners, and managed the OneAmerica Pit Station. She’s also spent 15 years involved in the Spirit of America Walking Flag …

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August 1, 2017

To the Track and Back: Chris Morris

Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year The phrase “To the Track and Back” often describes the route of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon; the half marathon tradition that travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and back. This story isn’t about the Indy Mini. It’s about a different tradition, a different race, where the phrase “To the …

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July 17, 2017

Golf Outing Continues Driving 500 Festival Free Events

“Gentlemen, start your engines!”  The familiar call to action is often welcomed by roaring Indy cars and the cheers inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In September, you’ll hear the command. What you won’t hear are the electric engines of the golf carts. What you won’t see is left turn after left turn, unless you’re suffering from …

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February 12, 2017

Fast February

In 2017, February wasn’t what February is supposed to be here in Indiana. Average temperatures in the high 20s are the norm. Averages closer to 45 are what happened. And with the change in weather came a change in speed. We opened up our spring season of running events with the 3-Miler – the first of our …

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February 12, 2017

#WhyIMini: Stacey & Anthony

Why do you Mini? Everyone has a different reason. It could be to conquer 13.1 miles, to get back in shape, to run for a cause or simply see the city and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in all its glory. Whatever your cause, it’s usually something personal. Stacey Draper, a nurse in the pediatric intensive care …

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