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

May 2, 2012

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo opens Thursday at new location

Wed, 2012-05-02 The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon kicks off with the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo on Thursday, May 3, at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Halls A & B. More than 40,000 people are expected to browse more than 100 exhibits, which makes this the largest Expo to date. Mini-Marathon participants have two days, May 3 …

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May 1, 2012

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will offer Runner Tracking for second year

Mon, 2012-04-30 INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2012) – Back for the second year, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will offer free runner tracking to allow family and fans to follow their friends, family or fellow runners while they are participating in the sold-out 13.1 mile event. The 2012 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will take place this …

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May 1, 2012

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K to take place this Saturday

Tue, 2012-05-01 The 36th Running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2012.  The Mini has sold-out for the past 11 years with 35,000 registrants, and an additional 4,000 participants in the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the U.S., and overall, the seventh largest running event in America. …

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April 20, 2012

Las-Vegas-based Plastic Musik to entertain at 2012 Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day

Fri, 2012-04-20 INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2012) – The 500 Festival announced today that Las Vegas-based Plastic Musik will headline the entertainment stage at the 2012 Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day. Plastic Musik is a unique performance group that utilizes traditional percussion techniques, along with all-plastic instruments to produce familiar melodies. The audience can expect to …

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April 13, 2012

500 Festival announces free ‘REV Your Engines Concert’ on April 28

Thu, 2012-04-05 The 500 Festival will kick-off the month of May and celebrate its 2012 theme: A New REVolution with a new event, a free concert on April 28 on Monument Circle. The 500 Festival REV Your Engines Concert will feature Plain White T’s as the headliner, and The Romantics as the opening act. The …

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April 11, 2012

Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer to speak at 500 Festival Memorial Service

Wed, 2012-04-11 INDIANAPOLIS (April 11, 2012) – The 500 Festival announced today that Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. will be the featured speaker at the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. It’s an honor for the 500 Festival to kick off an exciting Memorial Day weekend by recognizing Indiana’s men and women who’ve fallen …

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April 3, 2012

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy wraps up Saturday, April 7 with 15K

Tue, 2012-04-03 Athletes will hit the pavement Saturday morning for the final event of the official training series of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 2012 500 Festival Training Series 15K, presented by OrthoIndy. The Training Series is designed to allow participants the opportunity to gauge their progression in preparation for the OneAmerica 500 Festival …

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April 2, 2012

Schools across Indiana to participate in 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program April Study Trips

Mon, 2012-04-02 14:14 INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2012) – For the ninth year, thousands of Hoosier fourth-grade students will learn about Indiana’s legendary motorsports culture through the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health. Schools that participate in the program and will each attend one of the nine Study Trips to …

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April 2, 2012

Rick Springfield will headline the 2012 Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

Mon, 2012-04-02 INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2012) – The 500 Festival announced today attendees of the 2012 Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt, will be rocking to the music of Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield.  With a career spanning more than three decades, Springfield has sold more than 19 million albums …

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March 30, 2012

IU student Riley Hoffman crowned 2011 500 Festival Queen

Sat, 2011-05-21 13:22 INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2011) – The 500 Festival announced today that Riley Hoffman of Greenwood was crowned the 2011 500 Festival Queen at the Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®. Hoffman is a sophomore at Indiana University where she is majoring in Pre-Medical Studies. …

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