The 500 Festival mini-mini Medal

#indyminimini

The 500 Festival mini-mini medal is in! And if you’re a 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon participant, you’re no stranger to the design.

No, we didn’t throw creativity out the window. We didn’t say, “That was good, let’s do it again!” The mini-mini medal mimics the Indy Mini medal for a reason.

  • It’s slightly smaller: 2.5 inches X 2.5 inches compared to the 3.5 X 3.5 size of the Indy Mini medal.
  • It’s a little lighter: 3 ounces compared to the 4.4 ounces of the Indy Mini medal.
  • It’s a bit flashier:  The bricks and flags atop the Pagoda are more fun and colorful! The ribbon features the signature mini-mini paint splotches instead of the checkered flag.

Each of these traits means something. It’s smaller, lighter, more colorful, and resembles the one that came before it, just like your mini runner.

Believe it or not, at this age, your little guy or girl wants to be just like you. They saw you conquer the Indy Mini in May and now they can get the medal that’s just like yours.

Pre-register before September 12 for just $15! See you at the track!

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.

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

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