500 Festival mini-mini Recap & Results

Some broke records. Some ran their first race. Some just came for the games. It’s hard to judge how the cars will run on a hot day, but there’s no better way to end summer than how it began; with a celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The 2nd annual 500 Festival mini-mini was another spectacular event. Watching thousands of kids conquer the largest racetrack in the world is quite a special sight, but it’s the lasting impression of a passion for running that really gets us excited. We hope you and your mini runners enjoyed the race, and we hope to see all of those future mini-marathoners conquer 13.1 miles in just a few short years.


If you’ve ever run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, your race registration helps the 500 Festival produce it’s youth and fitness programs, including the mini-mini. Thank you for joining us at the track and helping further our mission of getting kids active!


To view results for the 2017 mini-mini, click here.



22 Fun Kids Activities at the mini-mini


You pack up the van after Sunday lunch and haul the family out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival mini-mini. Your mini runner speeds around the track, collects his/her hardware and poses for photos you can proudly share with the world. An amazing and memorable experience for a young runner, but it happens so fast.

For parents, we know packing up the whole crew can be a big ordeal. Some have more than one runner, or maybe your children aren’t in the 5-12 age range for running the mini-mini. If you’re going to take a Sunday afternoon to watch junior run wild for a mile or two, it needs to be worth it for the whole family.

Fortunately, there’s a long list (and it keeps growing) of fun kids activities at the mini-mini Celebration Zone where the under-aged, the non-runners, and the future marathoners can celebrate and have fun before and after the race.

From kids martial arts and gymnastics to soccer and other games, prizes and giveaways, there’s something fun for everyone! Even free milk from American Dairy (Winners Drink Milk, remember?) Here’s the list of all Celebration Zone activities and fun sponsor stations to visit when you’re at IMS next weekend.

  • IMS Museum Bus
  • Pacers Fan Van
  • 5280 Bistro Food Truck
  • GiGi’s Cupcakes
  • NY Slice
  • PNC
  • Anthem
  • AON
  • Crouching Tigers (Martial Arts)
  • DeVeau’s Gymnastics
  • Boy Scouts
  • Kiss the Bricks photo op
  • Runners Forum
  • Mile Markings
  • YMCA
  • Athletic Annex
  • 500 Festival Youth Programs
  • Children’s Museum
  • Purdue 4H Soccer Field
  • American Dairy Chocolate Milk
  • Energy Krazed
  • Powerade

Pre-registration ($15) for the 500 Festival mini-mini close Tuesday, September 12 at Midnight. Onsite registration is available for $20.

Like Mother, Like Mini


You may have seen LeAnne Manuel at 500 Festival running events. You might recognize her from her inspirational social media presence.

LeAnne’s story is incredible. Her love for running changed her life and she’s now lost 165 pounds since 2015.

“The Indy Mini is my home race,” LeAnne said. “The energy of the crowd, running through the streets I grew up on, and being part of the Indianapolis 500 legacy are all factors that make this race so special to me. I feel like the support of the other runners, walkers, and spectators really carried me to the finish line. The Indy Mini changed my life.”

With her life-changing passion for running, LeAnne ran over six half marathons in her first year, each giving her more strength and confidence in herself. She knows the importance of the sport, and that’s why she’s passing it on.

“Running is a lifelong sport,” LeAnne said. “I really believe developing a love for running is something that can keep my kids fit and active for their entire lives.”

LeAnne’s daughter, Hannah, now 13 years old, has watched her mother’s transformation over the past few years. When the 500 Festival mini-mini was introduced in 2016 – a shortened version of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon for kids at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – hundreds of young runners just like Hannah were excited to run at the track just like mom.

“We had such a great time at the mini-mini last year,” LeAnne added. “We are a family who runs for fun and fitness. We got to spend the day enjoying the different activities that were set up. Michelle and I made signs to cheer Hannah on during her race. It was just a great atmosphere for all involved.”

Hannah, then 12 years old, was in the top age group for the mini-mini. It was the first race where she ever received a medal. image1(19)

In the last year, she’s garnered numerous other race medals as she begins to take after mom, and one particularly special one – her first Indy Mini medal in 2017.

Hannah is too old for the mini-mini now, but it’s where her Indy Mini tradition first began. With the track, the bricks, the medals and shirts, the mini-mini is everything you love about the Mini-Marathon in miniature runner form.

“The kids faces light up as their parents cheer them on. You can make fun signs to hold up as they pass you going over the bricks. It’s just so much fun, and it is step one in fostering a love for running. You never know. Next year, they could end up running the Indy Mini with you like Hannah did!”

Learn more about the 500 Festival mini-mini

The 500 Festival mini-mini Medal


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!

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!

A Summer Spectacle in Running



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.

The kids go back to school and… well… they 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 sometimes 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 track 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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