INDIANAPOLIS (March 29, 2016) – With less than 65 days until the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil, the community-led celebration continues to grow. Today, the 100th Running Host Committee announces the following updates:
Bike to the 500: The Residential Engagement Committee, in partnership with Indy Cog, is organizing the first ever group bike ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 a.m., participants will gather at Indianapolis City Market in downtown Indianapolis where they will enjoy music, a short welcome address, games, and food trucks before setting out on a safe group ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bicyclists of all ages will ride as a group from City Market to 12th and Main Street in Speedway. Upon arrival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, bike parking will be provided by Pedal and Park who will secure bikes while participants enjoy the race. Bike to the 500 is a fun opportunity for the community to celebrate the 100th Running with family, friends, and fellow biking enthusiasts. To register for this event, visit www.indycog.org/biketo500.
Porch Party Program: To encourage Hoosiers across the state to celebrate the 100th Running, the Residential Engagement Committee will launch its Porch Party Program. Throughout the month of May, families across Indiana will be able to register their own porch party online. Porch party décor kits will be available for purchase. Additional details will be posted at 500Festival.com/100thRunning and provided to members of the media as they become available
Host Committee Volunteer Opportunities: As the community comes together to celebrate the 100th Running, the Host Committee looks to empower an army of Indiana’s passionate, hospitable community volunteers. Community volunteers are needed for a number of initiatives that will unify residents, neighborhoods, and families around this historic moment for our city and state. For more information about available opportunities and to register as a volunteer, visit https://2016indy500100.my-trs.com/.
Racing Through the Decades on Main: The Residential Engagement Committee will host a decade-inspired tour throughout Main Street Speedway, Racing Through the Decades. Taking place on May 21, at the conclusion of the first day of Indy 500 qualifications, the community can take to Main Street in Speedway to celebrate your favorite decade of the Indianapolis 500, hosted at Speedway’s best restaurants and bars. The event will feature vintage race cars, veteran drivers, live music, delicious food, and specialty cocktails. Representatives from seven Speedway Main Street businesses participating in this event will learn which decade their organization will represent during the street party at a media event on April 18th. Additional details regarding the event will be announced at that time.
“As we approach this historic milestone – the 100th running of the Indy 500 – the Host Committee is focused on making this year’s celebration the biggest yet. Through the leadership and engagement of our community, this volunteer-driven group is building a legacy that enriches the lives of our community members for years to come,” said Bob Bryant, the 500 Festival’s president and CEO.
“The Host Committee continues to find new and creative ways to build even more anticipation for an epic Month of May,” said Hulman & Company senior vice president of events Allison Melangton. “We’re so proud to be working with the 500 Festival, Hall of Fame Museum and so many dedicated community volunteers to energize our city and state for a once-in-a-generation event.”
The 100th Running Host Committee is part of the 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact throughout the Hoosier state, working in tandem with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. The Host Committee includes 12 full volunteer committees and 40 sub-committees with hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers. These individuals are charged with working together to celebrate and leverage the 100th Running by enhancing the quality of life for all Hoosiers, elevating the image of the State of Indiana, heightening civic pride, creating cultural connection, enabling social impact and stimulating education.
For more information on the host committee and a list of upcoming events, go to: www.500Festival.com/100thRunning or search #100RunningHC on social media.
The 100th Running Host Committee is made possible through generous contributions from Indiana businesses and foundations. Current donors include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Bill Estes Automotive; BKD, LLP; Centaur Gaming; CNO Financial Group; CSO Architects, Inc.; Duke Realty; Eli Lilly and Company; Emmis Communications; F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company; Fastrac Solutions Inc.; Hulman & Company Foundation, Inc.; IGT Indiana; iHeartMedia; Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Indiana Chemical Trust; Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever; Indiana University Health; Indianapolis Colts; Indianapolis Power & Light Company; JPMorgan Chase; JW Marriott Indianapolis; KAR Auction Services; Kathy and Al Hubbard; Kite Realty Group; LDI, Ltd. / Lacy Foundation; Lucas Oil Products; MacAllister Machinery Co.; Monarch Beverage, Inc.; PNC Bank, N.A.; Salesforce; Sport Graphics; St. Elmo Steak House / Harry & Izzy’s ; St. Vincent; The Heritage Group; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Affiliate ; Vectren Corporation; Venture Logistics; Visit Indy and Zink Distributing Company.
2016 is a once-in-a-generation year for Hoosiers. Along with the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the State will celebrate its bicentennial, the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade and the 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Hoosiers and racing fans will also mark 50 years of Team Penske in racing.
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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