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The 500 Festival is suspending all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9, 2020. The suspension of these events is in accordance with the CDC’s updated guidance to cancel, postpone or provide virtual options for all large events for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The 500 Festival is doing everything possible to minimize the economic impact and ramifications that will be experienced as a result of canceling these in-person events.

All 2020 Indy Mini events will move to virtual races. Individuals registered for this year’s races will receive details on how to participate virtually and still earn their 2020 shirt and medal. Other options, including lending a hand in support of the 500 Festival’s free programs for kids or rolling registration over to next year, will be communicated to participants in the coming days. The in-person events will NOT take place.

To the registered participants of the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, we know that many of you have logged countless hours of training and have made numerous commitments to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line.We don’t take your commitments lightly and want you to know that we have exhausted all possible solutions to provide the Indy Mini experience as we have the past 43 years.We have also been cognizant of the resources that help us produce this community event which includes thousands of volunteers, medical personnel, IMPD, the Indiana National Guard, Homeland Security, Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, corporate partners and many others.Given our current situation and out of respect for the ever-changing needs of those resource partners as well as the health and safety of our participants, the conclusion to advance the plan to make it a virtual run this year became the best possible choice.In addition to the participant options, we are also committed to providing an on-track running experience at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a to-be-determined date later this year.
For the competitive Mini-Marathoner, the Challenges provide a whole new way to experience the Indy Mini and make the most of your spring training. Each challenge features unique medals, shirts and bibs. You're taking on more miles - get the gear to prove it! Check out the challenges listed below to see what additional races, gear, and mileage fits your competitive nature in 2020!

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must be registered for the respective challenge to receive the shirt and medal. Participants are not automatically added to a challenge, even if they sign up for the individual races that make up a challenge. If you would like to upgrade your registration to one of the challenges, please call the 500 Festival at 317-614-6148 or email raceinfo@500festival.com.

Mega Mini Challenge (16.2 Miles)

Mega Mini Challenge participants will conquer both the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on race morning (May 2). Participants who register for the challenge will receive a commemorative shirt and medal as well as shirts and medals for the Mini-Marathon and 5K!

Mini Maniac Challenge (32.1 Miles)

Mini Maniac Challenge participants will take on all 32.1 miles of the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy in February, March, and April, and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May. Mini Maniac participants will receive a commemorative shirt and medal in addition to the shirts and medals for the Miler Series and Mini-Marathon - a total of three medals! Registration is now closed.

The Greatest Spectacle Challenge (35.2 Miles)

Participants of The Greatest Spectacle Challenge will tackle all five of the 500 Festival running events during the spring season, including the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy (February, March & April), the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K (May 2), and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (May 2). Challenge participants will receive a commemorative shirt and medal as well as shirts and medals for the Miler Series, 5K, and Mini-Marathon! A total of FOUR medals and shirts! Registration is now closed.

Challenge Map - How to run the 5K then Mini

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