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!
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