500 Festival, Indiana Sports Corp to Host USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships

500 Festival, Indiana Sports Corp to Host USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships

Local, national, and international runners will take on The Greatest Spectacle in Running

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 500 Festival and Indiana Sports Corp will play host to the 2022 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships on May 7, 2022, in conjunction with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The race marks the first time the event will be held in Indianapolis.

“We are thrilled to bring our USATF Half Marathon Championships to such an incredible weekend of racing in Indianapolis,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships are a key stop on the USATF Running Circuit – a series of road races from one mile to the marathon, which provides American distance runners competitive opportunities and upwards of $500,000 in total prize money. With a mission to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners since its inception in 1995, the USATF Running Circuit consistently attracts the country’s finest and fastest on the road.

“It is such an honor to partner with Indiana Sports Corp to host the 2022 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “We are thrilled to showcase the city of Indianapolis and the rich history and traditions rooted in the Indy Mini that are so beloved by our participants. We cannot wait to welcome America’s top athletes to The Racing Capital of the World on May 7.”

“Indiana Sports Corp is excited to partner with USA Track & Field and the 500 Festival to host the upcoming Half Marathon Championships,” said Indiana Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn. “We look forward to welcoming the top half marathon competitors in the nation to the city where champions are crowned and providing them with a world-class experience.”

After the start of the Half Marathon Championships, more than 20,000 participants will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis as part of The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, on May 7. The fast, flat course starts and finishes in the heart of downtown and features a 2.5-mile lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. Named America’s Best Half Marathon of the Decade by the BibRave 100 and One of America’s Most Iconic Races by Runner’s World, each year the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon attracts participants from all 50 states and 15+ countries around the world.

Awards & Prize Money

USATF Championship medals, OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon medals, and USATF Running Circuit points will be awarded to the top 10 men’s and women’s finishers. Prize money will be as follows for each of the genders:
• 1st place: $7,000
• 2nd place: $3,500
• 3rd place: $2,500
• 4th place: $1,800
• 5th place: $1,200
• 6th place: $1,000
• 7th place: $900
• 8th place: $800
• 9th place: $700
• 10th place: $600

The total prize purse per gender will be $20,000.

For Elite Athlete questions, please contact Craig Yust, senior director of events at Indiana Sports Corp at cyust@indianasportscorp.org or 317.237.5048.

For more information on the USATF Half Marathon Championships, please visit usatf.org.

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About Indiana Sports Corp
Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. For more information, please visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.

About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life enriching events and programs celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. As 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 $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, visit 500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For information or to register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, visit IndyMini.com.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.