Newsroom

The hub for news related to all 500 Festival events & programs

Welcome to the 500 Festival newsroom – your hub for news related to all 500 Festival events and programs. The newsroom will provide you with media resources including press releases, downloadable photos, and videos, and how to request media credentials. Logos for the 500 Festival are available upon request.

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Press Releases    500 Festival Blogs    Photos & Video

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Media Contact

Lindsay Labas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
317.614.6141 | llabas@500festival.com

 

Media Credentials

There’s nothing quite like the Month of May in Indianapolis! We hope can join us at our events and programs.

Request Media Credentials

Requests may be submitted all at once or at least 2 weeks prior to each event listed.

Credential Guidelines

  1. A media credential does not mean “all access.” Pay close attention to your credential and the instructions provided with them.
  2. Due to existing contractual agreements, there are restrictions on live broadcasts of some 500 Festival events.
  3. Photos may not be sold or used for advertorial purposes.
  4. Media credentials do not permit access on the running course or into athlete start and finish areas.
  5. Credential pick-up, event schedules, and further details will be sent out at least one week before each event. You are responsible for picking up your credential(s) at the 500 Festival Office Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  6. The 500 Festival holds the right to approve, deny or revoke any and all assigned credentials.
  7. Credentials are assigned per person, and should not be transferred to another media member or non-media persons, or they will be revoked.
  8. Freelance journalists may be asked to submit a printed copy or tape of their most recent coverage.
  9. Media must wear their credentials and carry valid photo identification when covering 500 Festival events.
  10. By requesting a media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Any requests to cover events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Snake Pit, Indy 500, qualifications, Carb Day, etc.) must be submitted to IMS directly, HERE. The 500 Festival does not handle their requests.

Press Releases

May 17, 2023

Brigadier General Marcus B. Annibale, U.S. Marine Corps to be Keynote Speaker of The American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service

The 500 Festival today announces that Brigadier General Marcus B. Annibale, USMC, will be the keynote speaker at The American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service. The Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.      …

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May 12, 2023

500 Festival and Indianapolis Colts Announce Extensive Community Partnership

The 500 Festival announced today that the Indianapolis Colts have committed to an extensive community partnership, through which the Colts will provide community activations across numerous events during the Month of May and beyond. In support of the 500 Festival Foundation’s Fueling the Community Campaign, the Colts donated a generous $50,000 gift, which the 500 …

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May 6, 2023

Panuel Mkungo and Anna Rohrer (Heiny) win the 47th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Thousands of participants from 16 different countries, 5 continents, and 50 states crossed the finish line today at the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K.   Panuel Mkungo from Kenya won the men’s race with a new course record time of 1:01:44, and Anna Rohrer (Heiny) of Carmel, Indiana, won …

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May 3, 2023

Grand-Prize Winners of the Kickoff to May Coloring Contest Announced at 500 Festival Kickoff to May, presented by STAR Bank

Each grand-prize winner to receive a $500 scholarship, courtesy of STAR Bank and a free 1-year membership to the INDYCAR Nation Rookie Program, courtesy of INDYCAR    The 500 Festival today publicly announced two grand-prize winners of the 2023 500 Festival Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by STAR Bank. The two young race fans …

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May 3, 2023

500 Festival Foundation Announces $5 Million Capital Campaign

Goal to meet the community’s needs and reach even more people    For over 25 years, the 500 Festival Foundation has made the 500 Festival’s free education, fitness, and leadership development programs and initiatives possible, impacting the lives of 100,000 Indiana youth and families each year.    In response to the growing community need for …

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April 26, 2023

Marching Bands Selected to Perform in the 67th Annual AES 500 Festival Parade alongside VIP Guests  

The 500 Festival has selected nine marching bands from across the U.S. to perform in the 67th annual AES 500 Festival Parade, on Saturday, May 27 in downtown Indianapolis. Featured guests, VIPs, and the 33 drivers competing in the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500, presented by Gainbridge, will also be appearing in the Parade.  …

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April 20, 2023

Young Runners to Discover the Fun of Fitness at the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run   

The 500 Festival invites kids to experience the excitement of a running event at the 2023 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis.     Kids ages 3-10 are invited to participate in the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival …

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April 13, 2023

Gil de Ferran Announced as Featured Guest at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. 

The 500 Festival today announces that Gil de Ferran, 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner and former INDYCAR SERIES champion, will appear as the featured guest at the 2023 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. …

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April 10, 2023

Carissa Galloway to Serve as the First Ever Female Announcer of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 6 

Galloway is the first female announcer in the race’s 47-year history  The 500 Festival today announces that Carissa Galloway will serve as the announcer at the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. Galloway will encourage participants as they near the start line in anticipation and serve as additional support …

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April 7, 2023

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Named Best Half Marathon by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards  

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon has been named Best Half Marathon in the 2023 edition of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.   “The readers of America’s most widely circulated newspaper have spoken and we’re happy to agree – there’s nothing quite like the tradition, emotion, and excitement of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon,” …

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