Athletes with Disabilities Field
The Athletes with Disabilities Field is inclusive to differently abled athletes interested in participating in running events put on by the 500 Festival, such as the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy
, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
, and the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K
Duo Teams & Competitive Push Rim, Hand Cycle, Hand Crank
A Duo Team is comprised of an able-bodied runner or walker pushing a person with a permanent physical impairment, intellectual impairment, or coordination impairment in a customized racing wheelchair. The Rider must remain securely seated throughout the duration of the race.
A Duo Team may have up to two Pushers. Each Pusher is expected to walk or run the full respective Miler Series distance (3, 6, 10 miles), the full Mini-Marathon distance (13.1 miles), and/or the full 5K distance (3.1 miles) and cannot enter the course mid-race to “tag-out” the other Pusher.
When participating in the Miler Series or 5K, Duo Teams will line up at the front of participants and will remain to the left of the course so that others can pass if necessary. When participating in the Mini-Marathon, Duo Teams will be given a starting position in the Athletes with Disabilities corral at the front of Wave 1. Duo Teams will line up behind the Competitive Push Rim participants and will remain to the left of the course so that others can pass if necessary.
Applicable to all running events, if the Rider is able and wishes to cross the finish line on foot, please move the wheelchair off the course entirely so that others may pass.
Duo Teams are considered an exhibition event and will not receive awards or prize money.
Competitive Push Rim
The Competitive Push Rim Division is open to athletes with permanent impairment intending to utilize a push rim wheelchair, hand crank, or hand cycle chair.
The 500 Festival will provide all Competitive Push Rim participants with helmet stickers that correlate with their assigned bib number. The stickers will be placed on either side of the Athlete’s helmet for easy identification. Athletes will receive their stickers upon retrieving their participant bib at the Expo.
When participating in the Miler Series or 5K, Competitive Push Rim participants will line up at the front of participants and will remain to the left of the course so that others can pass if necessary. When participating in the Mini-Marathon, Competitive Push Rim participants will be given a starting position in the Athletes with Disabilities corral at the front of Wave 1. Competitive Push Rim participants will line up in front of the Duo Teams and will remain to the left of the course so that others can pass if necessary.
The Competitive Push Rim Division is open to the following awards and prize money for the Mini-Marathon only. The 500 Festival will contact those athletes who receive an award and prize money once all results have been verified at the conclusion of the event.
|Open Men Wheelchair:
|Open Women Wheelchair:
|1st - $1,000
|1st - $1,000
|2nd - $600
|2nd - $600
|3rd - $400
|3rd - $400
|Open Masters Wheelchair:
|1st - $600
|2nd - $300
|3rd - $100
All athletes participating in the Athletes with Disabilities Field are required to complete registration for the Miler Series, Mini-Marathon, and/or 5K. For Push Rim, Hand Cycle/Hand Crank, and Duo Teams in particular, please be sure to answer the following questions accurately during the registration process so that we may place you in the correct corral:
- When asked “Do you plan to…” please select “Wheelchair” for your entry(ies)
- When asked “How do you plan to participate?” please select one of the following options:
- Push Rim
- Hand Cycle/Hand Crank
Due to legal and medical reasons, we need both the Pusher and Rider of a Duo Team to register.
The 500 Festival will provide complimentary entry to those Riders who participate as part of a Duo Team. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.