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Mini with a Meaning

The Mini With a Meaning program gives participants the opportunity to make your OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K experience even more meaningful by raising awareness and funds in support of a non-profit organization. All #IndyMini and 5K registrations help support the 500 Festival's free youth and educational programming. By participating in Mini With a Meaning, runners and walkers have the ability to expand their impact even further within the Indianapolis community.

Get involved!

Learn more about the official 2020 Mini with a Meaning non-profit organizations below. There you will find more details and contact information on how to participate as a member of each team. If you are a member of a non-profit organization and would like to learn more about participating in the 2021 500 Festival Mini With a Meaning program, you can contact Cole Bailey at cbailey@500festival.com or fill out this form.



American Association of Critical Care Nurses local

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses local White River Chapter is committed to improving the lives of their patients, other healthcare professionals, as well as their community. They offer opportunities for nurses to grow through educational events, networking opportunities, and by giving back to the communities they live and work in. They chose the American Cancer Society as their Mini With a Meaning cause because as nurses, they see how cancer affects patients and families first hand. Their mission is to stop this horrible disease in its tracks.

Website: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/AACNWRC

Ainsley's Angels

Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life, in addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. They are are seeking members who would like to lend their legs to someone during races, those interested in volunteering their time and talents for events, and individuals with disabilities who would like the opportunity to roll with the wind! Those interested should visit: www.ainsleysangels.org

Team Contact: Kristy High
northcentralindiana@ainsleysangels.org

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF’s mission is to be the internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF works with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people. There are local chapters all over the world to support the mission of CCF. Here in Indiana, we provide educational presentations, travel opportunities, and fundraising events to support the cheetah's race for survival. Join us as we work to save the cheetah from right here in Indiana! #TeamCheetah

Contact: Kristen Latzke, Team Cheetah Captain, kristenlatzke@gmail.com

Website: https://www.justgiving.com/team/cheetah

Help Over Hurdles

Help Over Hurdles is an organization dedicated to direct support providers across Indiana. Every day, direct support providers struggle to cover the costs for utilities, vehicle maintenance, medical bills, and emergency support. Help Over Hurdles commits itself to ensure these caregivers can get back on their feet and provide the highest quality service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Website: https://www.mightycause.com/event/Hoh-Mini-Cause

Contact: helpoverhurdles@gmail.com

Indiana Lyme Connect

Indiana Lyme Connect is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the risk for contracting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses within Indiana. Our mission is to share practical, research-based tick prevention strategies; advocate support for those living with the devastating effects of Lyme disease; and connect healthcare professionsals to comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for Lyme disease.

Website: indianalymeconnect.org

Contact: ilc@IndianaLymeConnect.org

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.

Website: donate.rileykids.org/mini2020

Rock Steady Boxing

The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson's disease to "fight back." Using the Rock Steady Method, which is a combination of non-contact boxing, functional fitness, and emotional support, their goal is to enhance the lives of people with Parkinson's and their families. Their coaches and staff are certified and ready to bring hope to the battle against Parkinson's Disease.
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