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2021 KidsFit Program
2021 KidsFit Program

500 Festival 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 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! Register your class or group for the KidsFit Program and you’ll receive: the KidsFit curriculum and lesson ideas; the “Start Your Engines” running plan; a group incentive chart for participants to log their miles and completion certificates for all kids.


Program Registration

Registration for the 2021 500 Festival KidsFit Program is now open! If you are interested in participating in the program and joining thousands of Hoosier kids getting active, click on the button below to complete your FREE registration!





The 500 Festival KidsFit Program Includes...


The 500 Festival KidsFit Final 5K

The 500 Festival KidsFit Final 5K is the culmination of the KidsFit Program! 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 35,000 participants who run the Mini-Marathon each year, complete with grandstands filled with cheering fans and families. KidsFit participants receive a discounted entry as well as a shirt, medal, a trip through runner services and an experience they’ll never forget! Schools or groups must be registered for the 2020-2021 KidsFit Program to be eligible for the Final 5K.


Mobile Runs

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.


Program Materials


Classrooms and Groups in Grades K-3 receive:
    • Customizable 12-week Program Curriculum, including ideas for 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

Classrooms and Groups in Grades 4-6 receive:

    • Customizable 10-week Program Curriculum, including activities and lesson ideas
    • 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 own 5K
    • Optional participation in the 500 Festival KidsFit Final 5K (at the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K) for a reduced fee



KidsFit Testimonials

“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



Contact Us

Feel free to reach out if you have questions about KidsFit, looking for inspiration, or would like to share feedback.

Adrianne Johnson
Program & Event Coordinator
ajohnson@500festival.com
(317) 269-0418



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