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FAQ

When is the registration deadline?
Registration for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will close when we reach maximum capacity for participant entries.

How do I confirm my entry to the Mini-Marathon?
All online registrations will be confirmed via email. You may also confirm you are registered by clicking here. Additionally, all participants will receive a participant guide to be emailed in mid-April. The participant guide contains detailed race information

I am no longer able to participate - What are my options?
We are sorry to hear you won't be able to join us. Click here to see your options and details

I registered for 2020 or 2021 and deferred to 2022, am I automatically registered?
NO. If you registered in 2020 or 2021 and deferred to 2022, you are NOT automatically registered. You must register for 2022. Deferral registration instructions were shared in the summer of 2021. If you did not receive this information, please email raceinfo@500festival.com.

If I signed up for multiple races, am I automatically added to one of the challenges?
No. You must sign up for the challenge itself. In other words, if you signed up for the Mini-Marathon and the Miler Series, you are not signed up for the Mini Maniac Challenge. Challenges are the cost of the races and an additional $20 to cover the cost of the shirt and medal

How do I change the event I registered for?
If you'd like to swap to a different event or challenge, please email raceinfo@500festival.com and we can provide additional information.

Can a friend pick up my Mini-Marathon packet for me?
Yes, a friend may pick up your packet for you. Make sure they have your bib number, a copy of your identification, and your confirmation email. It may be picked up at the Expo. Please note, there will be no race day packet pick-up

Where can I get my results for the Mini-Marathon?
Participants can find their results by scanning the QR code on their bib or by clicking here. Results from past Mini-Marathons may also be obtained here, dating back to 1994.

I ran last year, will I be seeded off of that time?
NO. If you participated last year, you will NOT be automatically seeded based on that finish time. If you wish to be seeded, you still MUST submit proof. Race results must be from the 2019 Indy Mini or in-person 2021 or 2022 road race and are at least three miles in distance. Virtual results are NOT applicable

Where is my starting location for the Mini-Marathon
All participants will have a corral letter on their bib number. This letter corresponds to a specific starting location based on your estimated finishing time. You must start in this corral or, if you are starting with another person that is in a different corral, you must start in the slower of the two locations. The order of the corrals are as follows (from fastest to slowest) A, B, C, D, E, F, etc.

Where do I get my race bib?
You can pick up your race number at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo. NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP

How does the Mega Mini (Mini & 5K) or Greatest Spectacle Challenge (Miler, Mini, & 5K) work on race day?
Participants completing both the 5K and Mini will first line up with the 5K participants at 7:00 am. Please keep in mind that the 5K is self-seeded, so you’ll want to start at the front. After completing the 5K, participants will bypass the runner’s services and follow the signs directing them back to the start line for the Mini-Marathon. From there, participants will join the corral listed on their bib. If their corral has already left, they can join the next departing corral. Once they complete the Mini, they will pick up their 5K, Mini, and Challenge medal from runner’s services.

Participants who wish to complete the Mini and 5K but NOT register for a challenge will need to wear their 5K bib for the 5K, and their Mini bib for the Indy Mini. They cannot wear both at the same time. Challenge participants will receive one bib that will register their time for both events.

When does the 5K start, and what is the time limit?
The 5K begins at 7:00 am and has a time limit of 56 minutes.

When does the Mini start, and what is the time limit?
The first wave of the Mini starts at 7:30 am, and the last wave starts at 8:10 am. The time limit for the Mini is about an 18-minute mile or about 4 hours.

Where is the start line for the Mini and 5K?
The start line for the Mini and 5K is on the north side of the JW Marriot in downtown Indianapolis, near the intersection of West Street and Washington street.

What time does each wave start for the Mini?

  • 7:30 am – Wheelchair participants
  • 7:33 am – Wave 1
  • 7:40 am – Wave 2
  • 7:50 am – Wave 3
  • 8:00 am – Wave 4
  • 8:10 am – Wave 5

Where can I obtain merchandise?
Merchandise can be found here. Merchandise is also available race weekend at the Expo and after the race in the Post Race Party.

When should I expect the merchandise I ordered to arrive?
Merchandise should arrive within 10 business days. If you are unsure of the status of your order, please contact: Support@ScreenBroidery.com for more information.

Where are the water stations?
The water stations are named Pit Areas as part of the Festival's ties to automotive racing. Pit Areas with water are marked with a "W" on the course map and will have blue banners on the course on event day. Pit Areas with Gatorade Endurance Formula are marked with a "G" on the course map and will have green banners on the course on event day.

What if I can't finish the race?
The Back of the Pack crew will be on hand to help, and there will be a bus following the last participants of the race. Any Mini-Marathon participants who cannot finish, or cannot keep up with the 18 minute/mile minimum pace can ride the bus to the Post Race Party.

When does the race officially end?
At approximately 12:45 p.m. local time

Where should I meet my family after the race?
Meet your friends and family in the Family Reunion Area located at the Post Race Party in Military Park. This area will be divided by letter of the alphabet and will feature live entertainment. A map of the Post Race Party can be found here. Please make meeting plans prior to the start of the Mini-Marathon.

Where can I check my gear during the race?
UPS Gear check is provided for Mini-Marathon participants, and is located on West Street, north of the start line and south of the Post Race Party. Please use the bag you received at the Expo and tear off tag located on your bib. UPS Trucks are arranged by bib number. Please identify your bib number and corresponding truck to check your gear.

What are the different awards divisions?
Open (fe)male
Indiana resident (fe)male
Masters (fe)male
Grand Masters (fe)male
Wheelchair (fe)male
Multiple age group categories: 12 and under;13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+


Can I run in the 5K instead of the Mini-Marathon?
Yes, if you are registered for the Mini-Marathon and would like to participate in the 5K simply line up with the 5K participants wearing your Mini-Marathon bib. Your results will reflect that you participated in the 5K and you will receive a 5K medal. The 5K will begin at 7:00 am.

I'm faster now than when I signed up, can I update my estimated finish time
See the solutions desk at the Mini-Marathon Expo.

Are there going to be shuttles to the race? Shuttles from the Airport, etc?
We do not offer race-day shuttles. However, check out the city bus routes at www.indygo.net.

When is the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K?
The date is Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Do you have a way for companies to participate?
Yes, we are proud to support companies in their quest for health and fitness through our Employee Wellness Challenge. Please click here for more details

Do you offer a group discount?
Yes, we are happy to offer discounts to our Employee Wellness Challenge, Mini with a Meaning, and Badge Match Challenge groups. Please contact Christin Rollett at crollett@500festival.com for more details.

What is seeding, and should I submit it?
Seeding is proof that you have finished a road race in a certain amount of time and thus moving you to the front of the Mini. You can find our seeding requirements online here: https://www.indymini.com/p/mini-marathon/participantinfo/seeding If you do not meet these requirements, then it is not necessary to submit a seeding request.

Have another question we didn’t answer here? Email raceinfo@500festival.com and we would be happy to assist!
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