Newsroom

The hub for news related to all 500 Festival events & programs

Welcome to the 500 Festival newsroom – your hub for news related to all 500 Festival events and programs. The newsroom will provide you with media resources including press releases, downloadable photos, and videos, and how to request media credentials. Logos for the 500 Festival are available upon request.

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Press Releases    500 Festival Blogs    Photos & Video

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Media Contact

Lindsay Labas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
317.614.6141 | llabas@500festival.com

 

Media Credentials

There’s nothing quite like the Month of May in Indianapolis! We hope can join us at our events and programs.

Request Media Credentials

The deadline to request is one week prior to each event. You are responsible for picking up your credential at the 500 Festival office.

Credential Guidelines

  1. A media credential does not mean “all access.” Pay close attention to your credential and the instructions provided with them.
  2. Due to existing contractual agreements, there are restrictions on live broadcasts of some 500 Festival events.
  3. Photos may not be sold or used for advertorial purposes.
  4. Media credentials do not permit access on the running course or into athlete start and finish areas.
  5. Credential pick-up, event schedules, and further details will be sent out at least one week before each event.
  6. The 500 Festival holds the right to approve, deny or revoke any and all assigned credentials.
  7. Credentials are assigned per person, and should not be transferred to another media member or non-media persons, or they will be revoked.
  8. Freelance journalists may be asked to submit a printed copy or tape of their most recent coverage.
  9. Media must wear their credentials and carry valid photo identification when covering 500 Festival events.
  10. By requesting a media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Any requests to cover events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Snake Pit, Indy 500, qualifications, Carb Day, etc.) must be submitted to IMS directly, HERE. The 500 Festival does not handle their requests.

Press Releases

May 7, 2022

James Ngandu and Mary Munanu win the 46th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2022) – Thousands of participants from 6 different countries and all 50 states crossed the finish line today at the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. James Ngandu from Kenya won the men’s race with a time of 1:03:25, and Mary Munanu of Kenya, won the women’s …

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May 2, 2022

Former Colts Player Dallas Clark to Run Indy Mini as part of Effort to Raise $2,000,000 for Children’s Hospitals 

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the 500 Festival announces that Dallas Clark, former tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, will be participating in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as part of the Mini with a Meaning program to raise funds for two children’s hospitals.  Clark will be conquering the 13.1 miles as part of his preparation and …

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April 12, 2022

Six-Time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Winner, James Hinchcliffe, to Speak at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

The 500 Festival today announces that former INDYCAR driver and current INDYCAR analyst for NBC Sports, James Hinchcliffe will be the featured guest at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   Hinchcliffe …

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April 6, 2022

500 Festival Seeking Volunteer for Month of May Events

Volunteers needed to help create the magic of the Month of May at the Indy Mini, Parade, Youth Programs, & More   The 500 Festival is seeking thousands of volunteers to fill positions as part of the 2022 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group.   The 500 Festival is looking for individuals …

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April 1, 2022

Indiana’s Youngest Race Fans Invited to Celebrate May in the 2022 Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by STAR Bank 

Children ages 12 and under may enter to win a $500 scholarship, courtesy of STAR Bank  The 500 Festival and STAR Financial Bank today announced the launch of the 2022 Kickoff to May Coloring Contest. Hoosiers ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the contest. Entries will be selected on creativity and originality …

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March 31, 2022

500 Festival, Indiana Sports Corp to Host USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships

Local, national, and international runners will take on The Greatest Spectacle in Running   INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 500 Festival and Indiana Sports Corp will play host to the 2022 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships on May 7, 2022, in conjunction with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The race marks the first time …

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March 18, 2022

500 Festival Announces New Staff Additions  

INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2022) – The 500 Festival today announces the following staff additions:  Chris Smith has been hired as Graphic Designer. Smith is responsible for the visual integrity of the organization’s brand and developing creative graphics for the 500 Festival’s events and programs. His responsibilities include maintaining brand standards, concept and creation of program …

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March 2, 2022

33 Indiana Women Selected as 500 Festival Princesses  

500 Festival Princesses will represent the 500 Festival, give back to their communities, and grow leadership and professional development skills  INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival today announces the 33 Indiana women selected to serve as 2022 500 Festival Princesses. The 2022 500 Festival Princesses represent 15 Indiana colleges and universities and 22 cities and towns …

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March 1, 2022

Tickets on Sale for the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.  

INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival today announced that tickets are now on sale to the public for the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Tickets may be purchased online at 500Festival.com/Breakfast. Proceeds from all 500 Festival ticketed events help support the organization’s college programs and youth health, fitness, and …

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February 8, 2022

The InField, presented by Planet Fitness, Invites Indy Mini Participants & Spectators to Enhance Race-Day Experience

Celebration spaces available inside the 500 Festival Post Race Party INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival today announces that tent reservations are now available in The InField, presented by Planet Fitness, at the 500 Festival Post Race Party. OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K participants can elevate their post-race experience by reserving …

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