Finisher medals honor 40th running of the Mini-Marathon and 100 years of racing tradition in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today revealed the finisher’s medals for the 2016 One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. 2016 is a monumental year for the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, marking the 40th running of the Mini-Marathon and the 100th running of the Indy 500. To celebrate these historic milestones, the medals for the Mini-Marathon and the 5K pay homage to the iconic traditions of the greatest spectacle in motor racing.
Finishers of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will receive a rescaled replica of the highly coveted Borg-Warner trophy, which is presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500 each year. Because it bears a striking resemblance to one of the most storied trophies in sports, this year’s Mini-Marathon medal has bulked up in size and weight. It measures 5.75 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide, and weighs in at a substantial 175 grams. The Finish Line 500 Festival 5K medal compliments the Mini-Marathon medal and emulates the wreath which customarily adorns the Borg-Warner trophy.
“Participants in the 2016 One America Festival Mini Marathon will have a unique connection to two historic events – the 40th running of the Mini-Marathon and the 100th running of the Indy 500,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “Memories of these occasions will last forever, and this medal was purposefully designed to commemorate these events and serve as a reminder for participants of their involvement during this extraordinary time.”
The Indy Mini is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programs and events. By getting nearly 40,000 moving, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K have become the state’s largest health initiatives, helping Hoosiers get focused on their health and well-being. The course for the Mini-Marathon is flat and fast and appeals to runners and walkers alike. It begins near the intersection of Washington and West Streets in downtown Indianapolis, heads west toward the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and includes a lap around the famed 2.5 mile track before heading back downtown to the finish line at Military Park.
Spaces are still available for the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Now through February 16, the registration fee is $75. Pricing after February 16 is as follows:
- February 17, 2016 – May 3, 2016: $85
- May 4 – 6, 2016: $95
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Finish Line, Franciscan St. Francis Health and Meijer. The Mini-Marathon will be broadcast to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. To register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, or to learn more, visit www.indymini.com or search #IndyMini on social media.
A photo of the medals is available HERE.
A photo of the Mini-Marathon medal is available HERE.
A photo of the 5K medal is available HERE.
A photo of 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner, Juan Pablo Montoya, with the Mini-Marathon medal is available HERE.
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.