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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Media Contact

Lindsay Labas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
317.614.6141 |


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

February 22, 2023

33 Indiana Women Selected as 500 Festival Princesses  

500 Festival Princess will lead and serve their communities, expanding the celebration and impact of the 500 Festival      The 500 Festival today announces the 33 Indiana women selected to serve as 2023 500 Festival Princesses. The Princesses represent 19 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative …

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February 16, 2023

Registration Open for the 2023 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run 

Kids Invited to Experience the Fun of Fitness  Registration is now open for the 2023 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, which will take place on Sunday, May 14, from 12:30-2:30 pm in downtown Indianapolis.  Children ages 3-10 are invited to get active and participate in a non-competitive fun run. The Rookie Run …

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February 15, 2023

500 Festival Announces Theme for 2023 AES 500 Festival Parade: Fueling May  

The 500 Festival today announces the theme for the 2023 AES 500 Festival Parade: Fueling May. The AES 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 27, in downtown Indianapolis, the day before the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500.     One of the 500 Festival’s original events, the AES 500 Festival Parade is …

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February 9, 2023

2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Shirt & Medal Revealed

The 500 Festival today revealed the designs of the participant shirt and finisher medal for the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the 2023 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. This year’s shirt and medal feature iconic elements of the Indianapolis 500, celebrating the history and influence of the race on the culture and city of …

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February 9, 2023

2023 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K Shirt and Medal Revealed

The 500 Festival today revealed the designs of the participant shirt and finisher medal for the 2023 Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K.     This year’s participant shirt features the iconic skyline of downtown Indianapolis, showcasing the location of the event and its tie to the city. Named one of America’s Best 5K races, the …

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February 1, 2023

500 Festival Seeking Entertainment Groups to Perform at 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon  

The 500 Festival announces registration is open for Course Entertainment at the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Selected groups will perform for a crowd of 20,000+ participants, volunteers, and spectators along the 13.1-mile course on May 6, 2023. Musicians, dance groups, bands, and family-friendly entertainers of all genres are encouraged to apply at   …

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January 11, 2023

2023 500 Festival Volunteer Registration Now Open

The 500 Festival is seeking thousands of community volunteers to fuel the Month of May The 500 Festival announces today that registration is now open for the 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group.     Volunteers play an integral role in helping bring each event and program to life and deliver a long-lasting, positive impact.   The 500 …

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November 29, 2022

500 Festival Miler Series Race Dates & New Location Announced

The 500 Festival announces today that the 2023 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, will start and finish from a new location — Fowling Warehouse Indianapolis.  The Miler Series features three running/walking events at three unique distances, three, six, and 10 miles. The series launches on February 11 with the 3-Miler, followed by the …

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November 28, 2022

Exhibitor Registration Open for 2023 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo

Reserve Booth Space for Mini-Marathon Weekend’s Kickoff Event     INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2022) – The 500 Festival announces today that exhibitor registration is open for the 2023 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo. The two-day prelude to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K will take place May 4 and 5.      To kick off Mini-Marathon weekend …

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November 1, 2022

500 Festival Announces New Staff Additions

INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival announces the following staff additions: Amber Girard has been hired as Executive Assistant. Girard works to support the 500 Festival’s president and CEO, senior vice president of administration, the 500 Festival Board of Directors, and the 500 Festival Foundation. She is also responsible for assisting with office management, event coordination, …

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