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Registration Opens for the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

2016 marks the 40th Running of the Indy Mini
09/14/2015
 

INDIANAPOLIS (September 14, 2015) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that registration has opened for the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Set for Saturday, May 7, the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will mark the race’s 40th running.

 

One of the nation’s premiere half-marathons, the Indy Mini is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programs and events. Now through October 15, the Mini-Marathon registration fee is $65. Pricing after October 15 is as follows:

  • October 16, 2015 - February 15, 2016: $75

  • February 16, 2016 - May 3, 2016: $85

  • May 4 – 6, 2016: $95

  

“As one of the nation’s largest half-marathons, the Mini-Marathon showcases Indianapolis’ ability to host a world class sporting event while helping fuel the 500 Festival’s free programs and events for Indiana youth,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “We continue to focus on providing a positive experience for every participant. We’ve made operational and course enhancements to ensure the Indy Mini is one of the best running events in the country. We hope Hoosiers will join us to celebrate the 40th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.”

 

New in 2016, Mini-Marathon participants have more options for participation including:

 

Mega Mini Challenge: Participants will tackle both the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on race morning. 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. Registration starts at $125.

 

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. Mini Maniac participants will receive a commemorative shirt and medal in addition to the shirts and medals for the Miler Series and Mini-Marathon. Registration for the Mini Maniac Challenge starts at $135.  

 

VIP Experience: Indy Mini participants can upgrade their registration with a VIP experience. Pricing for the VIP experience is $80 and a limited number of upgrades are available, while supplies last. VIP participants will receive: 

  • Expedited VIP packet pick up at the Mini-Marathon Expo

  • Race day VIP parking 

  • Private gear check on race morning

  • Exclusive VIP Post Race Party celebration including food, beverages, massages 

  • Private VIP restrooms 

  • An Indy Mini half-zip jacket

 

Pacesetter Challenge: The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders will serve as the official Pacesetters for the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Today, the team took to the streets of Indianapolis to run the 13.1 mile Mini-Marathon course. The team finished the course in 2:07, making that time the pace to beat. For each 2016 Mini-Marathon participant who finishes faster than the Colts Cheerleaders, the 500 Festival will donate $1 to a charity, voted on by the participants. In addition, the Indianapolis Colts will also donate $1 per person who beats the official pace to the National Stroke Association, up to $6,000. The community can take the challenge on social media using #FasterThanColtsCheer.  

   

In addition, because the team finished faster than the average finish time of the Mini-Marathon (2:33), the 500 Festival is making a $5,000 donation to the National Stroke Association, an organization that’s deeply personal to the Colts Cheerleaders. In December 2014, their former teammate, Tessa David, suffered a stroke at the age of 28. An athlete who was in peak physical condition, Tessa’s stroke left her teammates, family and friends in shock. Taking on the challenge of setting the pace for the Mini-Marathon provides the team with an opportunity to show their support for Tessa and to help raise awareness of the warning signs of a stroke.

 

The course for the Mini-Marathon is flat and fast and appeals to runners and walkers alike. It begins near the intersection of Washington and West Streets in downtown Indianapolis, heads west toward the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and includes a lap around the famed 2.5 mile track before heading back downtown to the finish line at Military Park.

 

2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Race Weekend Events

 

Thursday, May 5

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo

Indiana Convention Center, Hall I

4 – 8 p.m.

 

Friday, May 6

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo

Indiana Convention Center, Hall I

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 7

Finish Line 500 Festival 5K

Downtown Indianapolis

7 a.m.

 

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Downtown Indianapolis

7:30 a.m.

 

500 Festival Post Race Party

Military Park

7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Finish Line, Franciscan St. Francis Health and Meijer. The Mini-Marathon will be broadcast to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. To register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, or to learn more, visit www.indymini.com or search #IndyMini on social media.

 

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 $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

 

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