KIDSFIT

2023 KidsFit Program
2023 KidsFit Program

500 Festival KidsFit Program

The 500 Festival KidsFit Program gets Indiana kids moving while teaching them how to pursue a healthy lifestyle. This free, customizable program is designed for kids in grades K-6 and is available to schools and groups. KidsFit meets the Indiana Department of Education’s Indiana State Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education.

KidsFit participants complete weekly lessons with an Indy 500 theme and run or walk one mile each week using the Start Your Engines Running Plan. By the end of the program, kids will have completed 13.1 miles – the equivalent of a half marathon!


2023 Program Registration is OPEN

Join thousands of Hoosier kids getting active this spring! Registration for the 2023 program is now OPEN and there is no cost to participate. Once registered for the program, you will begin receiving communication about program materials and other program information. Use the button below to register your classroom or group today!

Register Today!


Already Registered for the KidsFit Program?

If your school or group is registered for the 2023 program, you have access to the Online Portal! The Online Portal is designed for group leaders and teachers to have online access to customizable classroom activities and resources that enhance the experience.

Online Portal


What's Included in KidsFit?

Program Materials

Once your classroom or group has registered, you will receive the following materials based on the grade level(s) of your students.
  • A customizable 12-week Program Curriculum (for grades K-3) or a 10-week Program Curriculum (for grades 4-6), including lessons and activities
  • Start Your Engines Running Plan - created just for kids!
  • Printable Classroom incentive charts for students to track their progress
  • Printable KidsFit Program completion certificates
  • Resources to help you plan and execute your final run

A Celebration Event!

KidsFit groups can choose to celebrate their students participating in the program through a Mobile Run, where the 500 Festival brings a race to your school, or groups can come to downtown Indianapolis in May and participate in the KidsFit Program Final 5K. Either option is the perfect culmination to the KidsFit Program!

The KidsFit Program Final 5K
The program's Final 5K occurs on the morning of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, where participants in grades 4 - 6 are invited to Indianapolis to finish their final 3.1 miles in their own wave of the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. Students will finish at the same finish line as the Mini-Marathon participants - complete with grandstands filled with cheering fans and families. KidsFit participants receive a discounted entry, a shirt, a finisher medal, post-race snacks and goodies, and an experience they’ll never forget! Schools or groups must be registered for the 2023 KidsFit Program to be eligible for the Final 5K.

A Mobile Run at Your School!
Students in grades K – 6 can experience the fun and excitement of a 500 Festival running event through a KidsFit Mobile Run. Mobile Runs bring the pageantry and fanfare of a 500 Festival running event to schools around Indiana. Mobile Runs are offered to schools free of charge and the 500 Festival provides all resources, including a start line, finish line, and race décor.


Important Dates

  • November 14, 2022: Registration deadline for printed materials
  • January 2023: Program material distribution
  • February 2023: Final 5K registration details sent and Mobile Run application opens
  • March 2023: Final 5K registration and Mobile Run applications close
  • May 6, 2023: KidsFit Program Final 5K (taking place at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K)

“The 500 Festival Education Program and KidsFit are engaging Indiana standards-based programs that are easy for teachers to implement while providing fun, interactive learning experiences for students.” - Paige G., Educational Consultant for the 500 Festival


“This program is amazing! I think all the activities are relevant to the students, their ability level and to current trends in physical education. I really like the connections each lesson makes to what is going on at the Indy 500 and to fitness."
- Andrea M., Fishers Junior High Wellness Department Chair

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Contact Us

Have questions about the KidsFit Program? Want to send us your classroom or group photos or share feedback about the program? We would love to chat! Feel free to reach out to us: Jamie Stremming | jstremming@500festival.com



YOUTH FITNESS CORNERSTONE PARTNERS

Elevance Health Foundation
Energy Harness Corporation
500 Festival Foundation
Delta Dental Foundation
supporting partner
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