500 Festival Announces New Location for the 2017 Miler Series,
presented by OrthoIndy
Popular training series to start and finish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that the 2017 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy will now start and finish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Previously located at the White River State Park, the Miler Series offers three running and walking events at three unique distances - a 3-Miler, 6-Miler, and 10-Miler.
“The location change to Bankers Life Fieldhouse will allow the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, to continue expanding and meeting the growing demand for events with unique distances,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “By moving the Miler Series to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2017, participants will have the added experience of training on more unique courses alongside some of Indianapolis’ most treasured sites.”
Participants who register to walk or run in the 2017 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, will enjoy three new courses that weave throughout downtown Indianapolis, past such locations as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, down Massachusetts Avenue, and around Fountain Square. Each course will begin and end at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. To view the new course maps, click HERE.
The timing and distances of the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, are designed to coincide with typical training programs for a spring distance race, such as the 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The 3-Miler, 6-Miler, and 10-Miler are each open to the public and aim to provide participants with an opportunity to get moving and accomplish fitness targets in 2017.
“We are excited to serve as the host site of the 2017 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy,” said Rick Fuson, president and COO, Pacers Sports and Entertainment. ”Bringing the Miler Series to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2017 will allow for our organization to play a vital role in the Indianapolis running and walking community and promote our shared initiative to get people moving.”
Those who register for all three events within the Miler Series - which includes the 3-Miler, 6-Miler, and 10-Miler - will earn the title of Podium Finisher and receive a gender specific technical t-shirt and medal. Participants can pre-register for all three races in the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, for $40 or on-site for $45.
There is also an opportunity to participate from out of town, by registering for the 2017 Virtual Miler Series. Registration for the Virtual Miler Series is $40 and participants will receive a bib, a gender specific technical t-shirt, and a finisher medal. Virtual Miler Series participants complete the corresponding distance on each race day, from the location of their choice. Participants then submit their race time and photos upon completing the designated distance.
2017 Dates and Pricing
500 Festival 3-Miler, presented by OrthoIndy
Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
Race Start: 9:00 a.m. EST
Cost: $14 pre-registration fee; $18 onsite registration
500 Festival 6-Miler, presented by OrthoIndy
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Race Start: 9:00 a.m. EST
Cost: $16 pre-registration fee; $20 onsite registration
500 Festival 10-Miler, presented by OrthoIndy
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Race Start: 8:00 a.m. EST
Cost: $18 pre-registration fee; $22 onsite registration
Each 500 Festival Miler Race will be timed using the Chrono Track Bib Timing Device and official results will be available following the event. All races are open to the public and do not require individuals to be registered for the OneAmerica Mini-Marathon to participate. Each of the 2017 Miler races will start and finish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
To learn more about the 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, or to register, visit IndyMini.com.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or onFacebook.