Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades


The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon was named Best Half Marathon in the 2023 edition of the USE TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon has become an iconic tradition, led by Hoosiers and embraced by the global running community. Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon annually attracts participants from all 50 states and 15+ countries around the world. It has become a pinnacle event for family and friends to attend year after year. The half-marathon is the fastest-growing race distance in the United States, with some two million runners now participating annually. Nominees for all categories were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from, relevant expert contributors, and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Voting was open to the public for four weeks, and the public had the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

Gold Pinnacle Award:

Silver Pinnacle Awards:

  • Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Floor Graphics at IND Airport
  • Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation – Delta Dental Entitlement Partnership of 500 Festival 5K
  • Most Creative/Effective News Stunt – 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Pacesetter With Eva Kor and #TeamEva

Bronze Pinnacle Awards:

  • Best Full Length TV Program (Local Programming) – 2019 AES 500 Festival Parade Broadcast
  • Best Individual Sponsor Follow-Up Report – 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health
  • Best Sponsor Partner – OneAmerica, Entitlement Partner of 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  • Best Parade – 2019 AES 500 Festival Parade
  • Best Educational Program – 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health
  • Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause – Sam Schmidt as Grand Marshal of AES 500 Festival Parade & Keynote Speaker at 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., in support of Conquer Paralysis Now
  • Best Event (Within an Existing Festival) – AES 500 Festival Parade
  • Best Social Media Campaign – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K is a fun-filled race weekend experience that you won’t want to miss! But don’t just take our word for how great these races are. Check out the awards and honors we have received:

America’s Best Half Marathon, the 2019 BibRave 100
Top 15 Races 10 Miles or Less, the 2019 BibRave 100

Top 10 Race Weekend Experience, the 2019 BibRave 100

One of America’s Most Iconic Races, Runners’ World
Top 15 Running Events in America
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In Spring 2018, the 500 Festival was selected as one of the seven laureates of the fifth edition of the Place Marketing Forum. The 500 Festival received the award at the event on March 26 in France, at the Convention Center and the Exhibition Park of Strasbourg.

Created in 2013, this annual international meeting invites participants to discover and exchange new trends and practices of place marketing around the world. After a pre-selection of 42 worldwide emblematic projects in place marketing, the 500 Festival won the 2018 award for the theme, “events as a lever for mobilizing local actors.” The jury, made up of the A&NMT Chair’s members and experts, based its selection on three criteria of excellence: innovation, remarkable results and emblematic projects.

500 Festival president and CEO Bob Bryant delivered a keynote presentation entitled, “Place Marketing with a Purpose,” to 400 professional decision-makers, elected officials and managers focused on the attractiveness of territories. The 500 Festival’s diverse and large-scale schedule of community events, mostly free to the general public, highlight much of what is great about Indianapolis.

In recent years, numerous 500 Festival staff members and volunteers have been selected as ROSE Award nominees (Recognition of Service Excellence). This prestigious honor is an annual award ceremony based on nominations from Indianapolis organizations. The 500 Festival is proud to play a vital part in the success and atmosphere of our Indianapolis community through community service and celebrations.

  • 2016 ROSE Award Winner: Kati O’Brian
  • 2020 ROSE Award Nominee: Lydia Thurston
  • 2023 ROSE Award Nominee: Christin Kelly-Hooks