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Mini with a Meaning

Whether it’s to enjoy the experience, cross the finish, or set a PR, participants run or walk with a personal goal in mind. Make the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 500 Festival 5K even more meaningful by raising awareness and funds to support a local non-profit organization. The 500 Festival is committed to providing participants the opportunity to accomplish their goals as well as support other local non-profit organizations within the community through Mini with a Meaning.

All Mini-Marathon and 5K registrations support 500 Festival children’s and educational programming. By participating in Mini with a Meaning, runners and walkers have the ability to make an impact in multiple ways within the Indianapolis community.

Learn more about each of the Mini with a Meaning non-profit organizations by clicking on each of them below. There you will find more details and contact information on how to participate as a member of that team.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization and are interested in learning about the benefits of participating in Mini with a Meaning, please fill out this form.

Ainsley's Angels

In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included.

Back on My Feet

Our Mission: Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Our Vision: Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope. For all with the capacity to serve—volunteers, donors, community and corporate partners—we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.


Energy Krazed

Energy Krazed is a non-profit 501c3 organization developing fun, relevant, educational, and interactive programs that empower youth to take charge of their minds, bodies, and ultimately their futures. The Energy Krazed approach is flexible, person-centered, evidence-based, and collaborative. Our programs increase the quality of life of young Hoosiers by teaching the importance of nutrition, physical and mental health, and mindfulness through a collaboration of students, parents, healthcare professionals, educators, and the community.

Indiana Lyme Connect

Join our team at Indiana Lyme Connect in the fight against Lyme Borreliosis Complex – a myriad of related conditions, including Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections. By running with us, you will bolster our outreach efforts, which include supporting patients who are dealing with Lyme Borreliosis Complex, educating the greater Indiana community about this often devastating illness, and preparing healthcare professionals to combat this public health crisis. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to run/walk with the Indiana Lyme Connect team to restore patients’ lives and shine a light on this often debilitating disease!

Jonnie's Goodguys

Started to honor Jonathan Miller, who died from acute aortic dissection in 2005, Jonnie’s Goodguys began running/walking the Mini-Marathon in 2006. Since then, our mission to educate family, friends & our community on various heart health issues has fostered relationships with national organizations like The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, The Marfan Foundation & The American Heart Association. Please join us, become a Goodguy, & #DoGoodStuff!

Move for Hunger

Move for Hunger is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To Date, they have collected more than 10 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit

National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. and there are more than 6 million stroke survivors in the U.S. For more than 30 years, National Stroke Association has served the stroke community by providing resources and programs to the stroke community free of charge. When you join our Stroke Challenge team for the Mini-Marathon or 5K, you too support survivors and those in their circle of care.

Race Against Traffick

Race Against Traffick organizes athletes in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Funds you raise through Race Against Traffick will support organizations effectively fighting against human trafficking and modern-day slavery on both a global and local level. Join the team and help loose the chains of injustice.

Riley Children's Foundation

Run the “Mini with a Meaning.” Join Team Riley to raise funds for thousands of families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children; help that only Riley Hospital for Children can provide. As a Team Riley participant, Riley Children’s Foundation allows you to create your own fundraising web page to engage friends and family.
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