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Perform for a Crowd of 20,000!

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s largest half-marathons. Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the Indy Mini features 100 of the best entertainment groups and spirit squads lining the half marathon course. Selected entertainment acts will perform for 20,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators on the day of the Indy Mini.

Indy Mini participants cite course entertainment as one of the top reasons they return to the race year after year. From musicians to magicians, rock bands to dance groups, fitness squads to cloggers, and performances of all sorts, the fanfare that course entertainers bring to our participants is unlike anything else.

Benefits of Getting Involved

  • An unforgettable experience to inspire and motivate thousands of participants, spectators, and volunteers as you perform (and great exposure for YOU!)
  • Group name and booking information listed on
  • Group signage displayed at the performance location
  • Commemorative shirt (must register by March 15 to be guaranteed a shirt)
  • Tickets to an Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Social Media Contest – The winning group will be featured in a Facebook post on both the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 500 Festival page, as well as a blog post on
  • Opportunity to impact and inspire thousands

Applications & Selection

Applications for Course Entertainment for the 2024 Mini-Marahton will open in January 2024. Please come back then to submit your application.

Confirmation notices will be emailed to all selected groups on a rolling basis once we receive your application and a sample of your work (link to online video or audio, etc.). Please note that the number of entertainment groups selected will be capped at 100.

Orientation & Other Details

All groups will be required to attend a Course Entertainment orientation (date TBD) in downtown Indianapolis. Critical performance details will be distributed at this meeting, including your group's assigned location, details regarding power, and your group's shirts.

On race morning (May 4), groups must be at their assigned location by 6:30 a.m. All groups will finish performing by noon.

All groups will be responsible for supplying their own equipment. Generators or business power sources will be provided. Please be specific when completing the application regarding your power needs so we can best follow up with your group.

2023 Course Entertainment Groups

  • ADDA
  • Barney Muggers Street Band
  • Bethi Lewis & the Electric Pineapple
  • Betty Rage Productions
  • Circle City Cloggers
  • Circle City Steel
  • Circuit Thursday Band
  • Common Ground Urban Line Dance Group
  • Crossroads of America's Scout Band
  • D.J. Mama Mia Rolling Wheelz
  • Dan Kusaya
  • David Gerdt
  • Don Paff - The Gospel Crooner
  • Eddie and the Mai Tais
  • Elle Madison
  • Generation Gap
  • Get Fresh
  • Gregory's Xit
  • Grupo Folclorico Macehuani
  • Highway 9 Blues Band
  • Indiana Dancers Association (IDA)
  • Indiana Robot Show
  • Indianapolis Llederkranz German Band
  • Indy Tribal
  • Indyca
  • John Beatrice Band
  • Katie Jo Robinson
  • Kenna and The Kings
  • Lamp Light Praise Collective
  • Light Up The Night
  • Malcom's Curse
  • Marian Knight Dancers
  • Maximum Zero
  • Michael Max
  • milk x honey band
  • No Criminal Record
  • Noise Boys
  • Piper Mike
  • Reckless Rhymacide
Sean Erickson
steven & the moon
Straight Up Chumps
Studio 77
The Elizabeth Lee Band
The Embers
The Otis Tuckker Band
The TDT's
Travis Zinck
Warren Central HS Jazz Emsemble
Washington Park Senior Line Dance Group
William Burns

“Bands and entertainment along the course really made a difference for me and encouraged me throughout the race!"
- Alice R., OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon participant

School Spirit Competition

Is your cheer squad ready to perform for more than 20,000 people? Be a part of the School Spirit Competition at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 4! This exciting opportunity is a chance to showcase how spirited, creative, and vocal your team can be as they cheer Indy Mini participants to the finish line!

The competition is pen to any high school cheerleading team and there is no registration fee to participate. This is not a skills-based competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams as voted by the competition judges. The competition is limited to 15 squads and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

2023 Spirit Teams

  • Hamilton Marines
  • Greenfield-Central High School
  • Herron High School Cheer Squad
  • Northeastern High School Cheer
  • Warren Central Cheerleading
  • Avon High School
  • BDHS Cheerleaders
  • Bloomington HS North
  • Monrovia High School
  • Winamac Warrior Cheerleaders
  • Arsenal Technical High School Cheer
  • Marion High School
  • Rushville Cons. High School
  • Speedway High School

Contact Us

If you have questions about Course Entertainment for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, please email

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