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.
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.
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!