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Cork Medical Wins Indy Mini Participation Award

Another winner has been announced in the Employee Wellness Challenge for the 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Congratulations to Cork Medical! Their exceptional group claimed the award for participation with an incredible 30 percent of their staff joining this year’s race.

The Mini-Marathon’s corporate competition features numerous Indianapolis-based organizations. Awards are given to the top companies in performance and participation. After announcing Rolls-Royce as the winner in the performance category, we were pleased to deliver the participation trophy to this dedicated organization on Indianapolis’ north side.

To learn more about the Employee Wellness Challenge or how your organization can get involved, click here.

3 Tips to Get Kids Active & Excited About Running

Kids spend an average of seven hours a day in front of a TV or computer screen.

Less than 10 percent of elementary schools offer a daily physical education class or program.

Two out of every three children fail to get some form of physical activity each and every day.

And one out of every three children and teens (ages 2-18) are considered overweight or obese.

The 500 Festival mini-mini may not change a child’s life, but it offers a chance – and a rare opportunity – to get kids excited about running.

How does it do that? By letting kids run on the largest track on planet Earth; the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Rather than being active and running for running’s sake, the 500 Festival and IMS give kids an experience that could help them get excited about running for the future.

For kids, flipping that switch and getting excited about running is completely different than it is for adults. Adults tend to take longer to get back in shape and readjust their lifestyle before they begin to see results. Kids just need to get moving, and they need to get moving now!

Here are three ways to get your kids more active leading up to the mini-mini:

  1. Play With Them – Runner’s World  explains the change in exercise habits for kids playing alone vs. playing with someone. Think about it – are you more likely to enjoy running with friends or by yourself? What about playing a sport and focusing on a challenge?
  2. Earn Screen Time – Hide that remote until your mini couch potato can earn it back. Then treat the TV or computer like a reward. Play first. Watch later.
  3. Watch What They’re Eating – Your kids are going to snack their faces off as they grow. Being the bad guy – although difficult – and making sure they’re eating the right things can keep them from overeating, eating poorly, and ultimately losing the energy that makes kids oh so fun.

After signing them up for the 500 Festival mini-mini on September 17, consider the 500 Festival KidsFit Program – an elementary-level curriculum that encourages Indiana youth to pursue active and healthy lifestyles – and find out how you can introduce it to your child’s school to spread the fitness!

What They’re Saying: #indyminimini

The 2017 500 Festival mini-mini is less than 40 days away! In case you forgot how awesome last year’s event was, here are some of the social media comments from a year ago. You asked us to make it an annual event. We listened.






The volunteers took to Instagram to express the fun they had, not even as parents or participants.



Learn more about the 500 Festival mini-mini. See you September 17!

Get more “Indy” out of your Indy Mini



Every year, approximately 30,000 people travel to Indianapolis for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Many of them are locals. Many are not. To the ones who are not, don’t shortchange your visit by failing to experience the “Indy” in your Indy Mini.

So pack for a full weekend in the 317! You’re already going to see the most iconic landmark in Indiana during your run (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), but here are a few other reasons to make the most of your 2018 visit:

Sights and Sounds

A recent CNN article Best Things To Do In Indianapolis highlighted the lengthy list of unmatched experiences in Indy. From the famous Milktooth restaurant to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the city is filled with must-see stops for your weekend in town. Also listed is the J.W. Marriott – once the largest Marriott in the country – located inches south of the Mini-Marathon start line. Cafe Patachou, St. Joseph’s Brewery and Sun King are just a few of the other notable food and drink locations to experience on your visit.

Outdoor Enthusiasm

U.S. News listed Indy in their 10 Most Fun Places to Live if you Love Outdoors thanks to the number of parks and outdoor recreational opportunities. You may not be looking for another physical activity after your 13.1 miles, but numerous parks make Indy a great place to take the kids and get a cool down.

Indianapolis Zoo

Conde Nast named the Indianapolis Zoo one of The 10 Best Zoos in the U.S. in mid-July. One of your first iconic landmarks on the race route, the Indianapolis Zoo is one of the rare places to find incredible wildlife in the Midwest. You’ll pass by it near the end of your first mile, and you can even see animals from the route, if you look closely.

The Indy Mini is a time-honored race that’s become a family tradition among people in Central Indiana. If you’re a visitor in town for more than just race day, it’s worth bringing the whole family and experiencing the Indianapolis Zoo from the inside.

Indianapolis Travel and Accommodations

Flying to the Indy Mini in 2018? You’ll want to do two things:

1) Fly into the top-rated airport in North America for five years running; the Indianapolis International Airport

2) Book your hotel through our official travel partner to ensure the best hotels for the best deals on Mini weekend; BOOK NOW!

Once you’re here? Get ready for the Greatest Spectacle in Running and enjoy your experience in the fastest city in the world.


Registration for the 2018 Indy Mini will be available in September. See you soon!


Rolls-Royce Runs Away With 2017 Indy Mini Employee Wellness Challenge


It’s the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon’s Employee Wellness Challenge, and it was an impressive performance by Rolls-Royce.

The Mini-Marathon’s corporate competition features numerous Indianapolis-based organizations. Awards are given to the top companies in performance and participation. In performance, the organization’s top-five finishers are pooled for an average time to determine the winner.

In the 2016 Indy Mini, Eli Lilly garnered the trophy in performance. Lilly was second in 2017 behind an unmatched display from the group at Rolls-Royce. The organization’s top five finishers boasted an average time of 1:22:10! To put that in perspective, five Rolls-Royce finishers averaged a top-100 performance among.


A Summer Spectacle in Running



WARNING: Summer is coming to a close.

It feels like yesterday we were welcoming the sunshine and excitement in Indy with a month-long celebration of May. Let’s bookend summer the way we started it.

As Hoosiers refill Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard, or begin funneling into the Indiana State Fair, summer feels like it’s winding down. The back-to-school sales begin and your kids… well… your kids need something fun to look forward to. They need… a spectacle.

The word “spectacle” harnesses the magnitude of the Indianapolis 500; “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It’s a sight to behold, a visual display, a must-see event. Each year, thousands run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon; “The Greatest Spectacle in Running.” They circle the track, kiss the bricks, and return to downtown Indianapolis as part of a Hoosier tradition. It’s a family outing, but 13.1 miles is often too long for everyone in the family.

Enter the 500 Festival mini-mini.

The speedway, the pagoda, the bricks, and the history; these are the spectacle. There are few experiences like these found in classrooms during the school year. And while school may start in August, the calendar reminds us summer continues until September 21.

It’s not over yet!

Now, it’s the kids who get the chance to start those engines and burn rubber! We’ve always been about May, but we love finding new ways to celebrate Indy and do what we do best; bring the greatest people in the world to the fastest city on the planet.

The 500 Festival mini-mini is not your typical fun run. All participants receive a bib, finisher’s medal, goodie bag and shirt, but this is a timed race! The top three male and female finishers of each wave will make a trip to victory circle and take home coveted awards. It’s a full day of fun for the whole family at IMS, but when the gun sounds, it’s showtime!

So after the Brickyard 400, the Indiana State Fair, and the back-to-school shopping – when you feel like your kiddos have few spectacles left – give them this one and end summer on a high note.

See you at the track!

#Indyminimini  |  |  @500Festival  |  |  

The Greatest Spectacle Challenge

Alright challengers – the latest and greatest addition to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon makes its debut in 2018. If you’re all about gathering as many medals as possible, get ready to conquer EVERY 500 Festival running event next season for the ultimate bragging rights; 35.2 miles.

In 2017, you could take on a series of Indy Mini training races known as the Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy. These races consisted of a 3-Miler, 6-Miler, and 10-Miler in February, March and April, to prepare you for the Mini. If you completed the Milers, you earned yourself the Podium Finisher medal.

However, registering for the Mini Maniac Challenge and combining the Miler Series with the 13.1 miles of the Mini-Marathon (32.1 miles total) earned you the additional Mini Maniac medal. You could also couple your Mini-Marathon with the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K, a total of 16.2 miles in one morning, and take home the Mega Mini medal, as well as the 5K and Mini-Marathon medals.

Each challenge offered three shirts and medals, including the selected challenge, the Mini-Marathon medal, and either the 5K or Miler Series. All of these challenges and challenge medals will be available again in 2018 with one additional opportunity; The Greatest Spectacle Challenge.

When you sign up for The Greatest Spectacle Challenge, you’ll train with the Miler Series AND conquer the 5K and the Mini-Marathon on May 5, 2018. In doing so, you’ll take home FOUR shirts and medals! That’s one for each event and a fourth for conquering every part of the Greatest Spectacle in Running.

One spring. Four medals. Make 2018 count!

Check out the challenges before registration opens in September, and start making plans today!  |  |  @500Festival  |  |  

5 Ways to Mini-mize Your Summer Running

Unfortunately, not all of your summer training runs can include a lap around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They can, however, be an experience that feels like that first Saturday in May, giving you an Indy Mini vibe no matter the distance!

Here are five ways to mini-mize (see what we did there?) the pressures of continuing to run in that summer heat:

1. Run With Friends

Thousands of OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon participants travel to downtown Indy each May for the friendliest and most encouraging half marathon in the nation. Make that Hoosier hospitality part of your  running experience and run with friends to encourage each other and enjoy the glory days of summer!

2. Listen to Music

The Indy Mini boasts the largest number of entertainment groups of any road race in the country, and it’s a big reason why our participants come back year after year. Don’t run solo and pop in the headphones like any normal training session. Play tunes from your phone or strap on a wireless speaker and blast your favorite tracks for you and your friends. You might get more smiles from the runners you pass along the route!

3. See Something

It won’t be a lap around the Speedway, but see something during your run that rivals that feeling. Wherever you live, find landmarks or a scenic route that takes you out of the monotony of neighborhoods or treadmills. Dodging cars and counting mailboxes can get redundant when you’re trying to squeeze in a quick summer run. Grab a group of friends and go conquer a park, trail, or somewhere new!

4. Stop the Clock

Don’t worry about beating yesterday’s time or outdoing yesterday’s distance. There’s a time and a place for the competitor in all of us, but it’s good to change it up, especially in July and August. Just being active in the summer heat should count as a win. So hydrate, run for the joy of running, experience the beautiful summer weather and leave the stopwatch at home!

5. Wear Your Indy Mini Gear! 

If you go for a run in Central Indiana, there’s a good chance you’ll come across another runner who’s conquered the Mini. They’ll be proudly donning the gear to prove it.  |  |  @500Festival  |  |  


GRD Facebook 2017

What is Global Running Day?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

How can you participate? 

Pledge to run below and get moving on June 7! You’ll add your name to the list of runners from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport.

Then, wear your #IndyMini gear and share your photos on social media using the hashtags (#IndyMini and #GlobalRunningDay) for a chance to win a FREE registration for the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon!

So get moving, use the hashtags, and share your Global Running Day experience with us!

#GlobalRunningDay #IndyMini 

#IndyMini Ambassador Q&A: LeAnne Manuel

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Q: How many Indy Minis have you run?

A: I have ran the 5K in 2015, and the Mini in 2016.


Q: Who or what inspires you to run?

A: I am inspired to run the Mini because the atmosphere is unmatched. The people, the entertainment, the volunteers, all create a unique race culture that supports every person on the course doing their best.


Q: What is your favorite Mini memory or experience?

A: My favorite Mini experience is when running along Main St in Speedway. You can see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lots of people line the street there to cheer on the runners and walkers to the entry of the Speedway. When you are on the track, you are becoming part of the legacy of the Indianapolis 500. It is the boost you need for the second half of the race to finish strong.


Q: What advice would you give to someone running the Mini for their first time?

A: My advice that I give 1st time runners is to not try anything new on race day. This includes clothes, shoes, and nutrition. I try to have the same breakfast, and I use the same snacks to keep my energy up on the course. Sweet things turn my stomach, so instead I run every race with a handful pretzels in my running belt to eat 1 at a time for energy.  |  |  @500Festival  |  |