2019 500 Festival mini-mini Coloring Contest

Indiana’s smallest runners will take over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the 2019 500 Festival mini-mini kids’ run on October 5. We have a challenge for our youngest fans – we want you to color the picture above and include a good luck message to runners participating in this year’s mini-mini. We’ll attach all of the good luck pictures and messages to the bibs of mini-mini participants. PLUS, the grand prize winner will receive 2 free mini-mini registrations (one for you and one for a friend), plus two free Parade tickets. Start coloring your sheet today!

The deadline to enter has been extended to September 12, 2019.

Your mission if you choose to accept:

  1. Print off the coloring page and the entry form found below. (Please print one-sided)
  2. Color the picture using your creativity!
  3. Fill out the entry form.
  4. Mail your picture and completed entry form to the address below:
  5. Submissions must be received by September 12, 2019.

500 Festival, Inc.

mini-mini Coloring Contest

21 Virginia Ave, Suite 500

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Coloring Contest Rules & Requirements:

  1. The contest is open to children ages 12 and under.
  2. Limit one (1) entry per child.
  3. Entry must be received by the 500 Festival no later than September 12, 2019.
  4. Entry must include the colored picture and completed entry form. Any entries missing the above requirements will be disqualified.
  5. No purchase necessary to participate or win.
  6. All entries must be original and entirely created by the entrant.
  7. There are no restrictions on what an entrant can use to color the image.
  8. 500 Festival and mini-mini sponsors’ employees and their family members are not eligible.
  9. The top three winners will be notified by email the week of September 16, 2019. The grand prize winner will receive 2 free mini-mini registrations (one for you and one for a friend), plus two free Parade tickets. Second Place will receive 1 free mini-mini registration. Third Place will receive a 500 Festival prize pack.
  10. All entries become the property of the 500 Festival and may be used or reproduced in any manner and for any purpose by the 500 Festival without additional consent or compensation, and will not be acknowledged or returned.
  11. All submitted entries will be randomly attached to mini-mini participant bibs and distributed at packet pickup on race day – to serve as good luck messages to runners!

Good Luck! We look forward to viewing the entries!

Check out the 2019 500 Festival mini-mini Coloring Contest Winners here!

Apply to be a 2020 Indy Mini Ambassador!

Indy Mini Ambassadors are some of the most loyal participants of our race. A mix of runners and walkers, Ambassadors train, inspire, recruit, and help others get excited about the Indy Mini as they introduce them to the fun of running and walking throughout the spring. Now is your opportunity to partake in this exciting opportunity!

But don’t just take our word from it; hear from some of our awesome ambassadors over the years what their favorite part of the program was:

Lisha (2019)- My favorite thing about being an Ambassador hands down was all the amazing people I have met! From fellow ambassadors to past ambassadors and the 500 Festival staff!! I also met some other inspiring runners just from being active as an ambassador. Nothing beats showing up to races around Indiana and seeing friendly faces that I’ve met from this experience!

April (2018)- The people I met through my time being an ambassador have become like family. Being an ambassador changed my life and gave me more confidence to step out of my comfort zone. The people I was surrounded by helped push me to be a better runner and a better person.

Kirstin (2019)- My favorite thing was sharing the race with others! My mother and aunt even flew in from New Jersey to do their first ever 5k because I was an ambassador!

Jenny (2018, 2019)- Such an amazing experience all around. Representing the absolute, hands-down best half marathon around was such a wonderful opportunity! If I have to pick one thing, it’s the amazing people you meet! Such an amazing opportunity to represent such an amazing race and all the wonderful people I met along the way.

Kevin (2019)- I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Ambassador family and all of the group activities together. I enjoyed the chance to spread the excitement of the Greatest Spectacle in Running and recruit first timers and veterans alike.

Scott (2016)- Getting to meet new people from around the state. Also, getting my picture taken with Meb!

Kyle (2018)- It allowed me to be active in my community through volunteering. I LOVED meeting the people I met through my time as an ambassador. It allowed me to invite friends and family to fun events through 500 Festival and see the smiling faces by those enjoying their time and achieving personal goals!

Danielle (2018, 2019)- Hands down 2018 holds my heart and it helped me build into the 2019 ambassador year. Each year was great in its own way. I met so many amazing individuals within the running community, meeting others along the way of their journey and helping pull them through. The outreach we were able to do with volunteering in the community and the organization just made my love for 500 Festival grow that much more.

Emily (2018)- The program helped me turn my health around, I met so many awesome people, and I was able to encourage so many of my friends to sign up and get involved through running and volunteering!

Monica (2018)- I met some wonderful people that still inspire and motivate me. I also loved encouraging/ inspiring my friends and family to sign up and complete something they didn’t think they could originally do.

Cindy (2019)- I met so many wonderful people by being an ambassador. It was fun interacting with my fellow ambassadors as well as former ones. I was also able to get more involved with the running community. But most importantly, you all made my very first Indy Mini experience one I will never forget.

Sheehan (2018)- I loved meeting so many amazing friends and encouraging / supportive people all working towards common goals in getting the community out there for the Indy Mini! Ultimately creating a healthier community!

Rob (2019)- I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people and being inspired by all of them in one way or another. Looking forward to continued interaction with ambassador alumni now that our term is finished.

Mark (2016)- I was part of the original 13 ambassadors. Chatting with Frank Shorter was very special. Wearing the Mini Ambassador shirt during the races or trading runs leading up to the Mini was also pretty cool. 😎

Applications to be an Indy Mini Ambassador are now open! The deadline to apply is August 26 at 11:59 pm ET. Learn more about the program, including requirements, here. Good luck!

The mini-mini is Coming in Two Months!

We’re almost two months away from the mini-mini! As the summer activities wind down and your kids return to school, it’s easy to realize how quickly October will be here.  Give your kids the opportunity to experience the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and kiss the bricks during an Indy Mini experience sized just for them!

Here are a few ways you can prepare your kids for October 5! Share your tips with us on social media by tagging @500Festival and using the hashtag #indyminimini.

  1. Introduce them to healthy eating habits: A well-fueled body will not only be ready to run, but will also be ready for a full day of school and extra-curricular activities. Plus, cooking healthy meals and preparing snacks together in the kitchen is a great way to spend time with your kids!
  2. Get the gear: Who doesn’t love a new pair of running shoes? While back-to-school shopping, pick out a pair of shoes, or a new running shirt, to get them excited to go for a run.
  3. Stay tuned for the shirt and medal reveal: Runners are motivated by a great piece of hardware. Be sure to share with them what they’re working toward when we reveal the participant shirt and finisher medal!
  4. Run with them: Running together is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your kids while introducing them to the sport you love!
  5. Have fun: The most important part to preparing for the mini-mini is to keep things fun! Encourage your kid and listen to their needs as they prepare for their big race.

Online registration for the 2019 mini-mini is now open! This fun run is open to kids ages 5-12, with distances ranging from 0.5 – 2 miles. Join us on October 5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway- register now!

Happy Global Running Day!

The 500 Festival would like to wish all the runners around the world a Happy Global Running Day! We are home to enriching the lives of Hoosiers through several running events for our community. Keeping our community aware of being healthy and fit is why we continue to construct events such as the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 500 Festival mini-mini and the Salesforce JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run.

To celebrate, our interns took some fun running spirit to the canal of downtown Indy to cheer on runners and promotes the benefits of running. These runners didn’t let the cloudy skies stop their workouts!

Check out some fun facts and pictures of our celebration below!

Chrissy Casserie, intern

Fun Facts!

  • Running can reduce your chance of heart disease by 30%
  • The Indy Mini has over 35,000 participants each year!
  • The fastest runner in the world is Usain Bolt.
  • Running can increase a person’s concentration levels.
  • 60% of runners listen to music during their run
  • Women made up 56% of all 15.5 million race finishers in 2012, according to Running USA.
Canal Runner

Kids also can participate in running as well at this year’s 500 Festival mini-mni. To find out more information or to register your kid, visit

Spontaneous Combustion Band- 2019 Course Entertainment Winners!

Nearly 70 groups performed for participants of the 2019 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 4. While they all motivated participants, one was voted the fan favorite: The Spontaneous Combustion Band!

Based out of Danville, Indiana, Spontaneous Combustion was formed on July 4, 2013. They primarily play classic rock with a mix of country music, and are influenced by AC/DC, Van Halen, Garth Brooks, Elvis and everything in between.

Learn more about the band:

Booking information: Eric Disbro 317-332-0144

13 Point 1 Things to Look for During the Indy Mini!

Tips from 9-time finisher and 3-time ambassador, Chris Day

1) Indy Mini Expo – Come early and stay late!  In addition to picking up your bib and shirt, take the time to browse the many vendors and collect all the great freebies throughout!

2) Race Morning Prerace Festivities – Come early, it’s a party in the street with 40,000 new friends!  Get to your corral early and enjoy the festivities!  How many beach balls can you hit?

3) The start line – Don’t forget to start your watch, but then look up!  Who’s that celebrity in the bucket overhead waving the green flag this year?  Then look to your right and SMILE for the cameraman – You’re now on the jumbotron!!

4) The Indianapolis Zoo is on your right during mile 1 – If you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of the elephants on top of the hill!

5) Play that funky music!  While you still have all this energy, be sure to cheer for the on course entertainment.  Sing, clap, cheer and grab a high five from these folks as you pass by! 

6) Speedway – The town…not the track – You’ll find mile 5 on Speedway’s charming Main Street which greets you with revitalized streetscapes and a booming downtown.  You won’t get this kind of crowd support again until the finish line.

6) IMS Entrance Tunnel – The steepest downhill of the course lasts 20 seconds and is followed by the steepest uphill on the course as you enter the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway!  It’s such a little thing, but get those roller coaster arms in the air and hear the echo of your cheers before you dig deep to push up the steep incline.  The best is yet to come!

7) The Gold Mile – A new and powerful section along the back stretch of IMS pays tribute to the men and women of Indiana who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.   Smile as you reflect on how lucky you are to be doing what you’re doing in that moment.

8) Yard of Bricks – The tradition for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 to kiss the bricks is passed on to you!  Stop and take your turn and smile for the camera man over head. 

9) Celebrity Sighting! – As long as you’re taking a break 7.5 miles in, why not stop and say hello to Channel 13s Dave Calabro and running legend Frank Shorter who broadcast live from this location throughout the morning?  Don’t be afraid to take the selfie!

 10) The Volunteers – From start to finish the race couldn’t happen without these men, women, children and public servants who gave up their Saturday morning to help you reach your goal!  Don’t forget to thank them!

11) Victory Mile – That last mile may feel like a long one, but it’s no longer than each of the previous 12.  Keep your head up and keep smiling.  The IUPUI track and field stadium is on your right where the Indy Eleven play their soccer matches, followed by the world class natatorium where Olympic swimmers and divers have competed for years. 

12) The FINISH Line!  SMILE!  You did it!  The pain is temporary but that finisher photo will last forever.  Arms overhead in the powerful “V” pose!  Now go get the medal and get an official finisher photo!  Oh, and don’t forget that free banana… you earned it!

13) Post Race Party – Whether your post race party includes Michelob Ultra or Chocolate Milk, this is where you’ll find it!  Reconnect with your friends and family and retell the battle stories of your epic morning!

Point 1) SHARE – If you didn’t post it on social media, did it really happen??  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IndyMini – and while you’re inspiring others, make that commitment to join us again in 2020! 

My Mini Story- Bob Craw

Bob Craw of Louisville, Ky., is an Army Veteran who wanted to get his health back under control after he suffered with his weight for most of his adult life. Bob’s weight was beginning to affect him emotionally, physically and mentally. He tried various methods to lose weight but nothing seemed to work for him and after a while he began losing hope but, he did not give up. Bob began walking and then advanced to jogging and running during his workouts. Later in 2016, Bob took a leap of faith and he decided to participate in the Derby Festival Mini, a half marathon located in his hometown, Louisville, Ky. He completed the entire race without any pain with a time of 3:07.

Completing the Mini had opened a new door for Bob and he continued to run, starting with 1.5 miles and reaching three and four miles after a while. After picking up more races, Bob noticed the weight shed and by the end of 2015, he weighed under 250 pounds for the first time in several years. He lost an incredible total of 75 pounds by 2016. Also by this time, he completed four full marathons and several short distance races. This year, Bob will be participating in the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon along with thousands of others who also run for a greater purpose. This year’s Mini will be his seventh half marathon and he has set the goal to beat the time 2:07. By sharing his story of how running changed his health for the better, Bob hopes to continue to encourage others to make positive changes in their own lives.

Join Bob on May 4 for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon! Register online at indymini.com/register. Online registration will close at 12:01 am ET on April 29 so don’t delay!

Christi’s Crew

Tim Hoffa, Jr. of Winamac, Ind., and his wife, Christi, were signed up to complete the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon together. In August 2017, his wife was diagnosed with Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Due to her treatments and procedures, Christi was unable to do the Indy Mini. However, Tim and Christi completed the 5K instead, just seven months after she received her bone marrow transplant. After completing the 5K, both Tim and Christi were both determined to complete their first Indy Mini together now in 2019 and signed up.

On Christi’s 38th birthday, she lost her brave fight against AML, 15 months after her diagnosis, with Tim and family by her side.

Determined to honor the commitment he made to his wife, Tim signed up for the 2019 Indy Mini and began his training. While some days have been more difficult than others, he remains motivated by the promise he made and knowing the memories of his wife will be with him the entire 13.1 miles.

On May 4, Tim will join the thousands of Indy Mini participants as they push along the course together. Each with their own story which drives them to carry on throughout the race. For Tim, he’s determined to not just start the race, but to cross that finish line with his family, to honor Christi and the wonderful legacy she left behind.

Meet Andrew Bartolacci- 2019 #IndyMini 2019 Ambassador

Name: Andrew Bartolacci
City/Town: Indianapolis
First year of #IndyMini: 2014


Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Watching my wife and dad finish the race.


Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

My family, my students, and my personal goals.


Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

Just do it. Commit. There’s no way you’ll regret it.


Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“Eye of the Tiger”


Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Foam roller, hammock, and pillow.


Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.


Meet Kirstin Maguire- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Kirstin Maguire
City/Town: Columbus, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2016


Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

2017 I got to have a total fan girl moment on the Indy 500 track by high fiving Meb Keflezighi and wishing him a happy birthday.


Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Having registered for a big race like the Mini, then following a training plan. I’m pretty disciplined once I have a goal.


Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

First sign up, just do it. That provides the motivation to train. Train for the race , so on race day you can do what you trained to do, enjoy the course, crowds and that amazing finish line!


Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

Glorious by Macklemore
“So when I leave here on this earth, did I take more than I gave?
Did I look out for the people or did I do it all for fame?”.


Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

My foam roller, running shoes and a fine Kentucky bourbon.


Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.