500 Festival Launches Search for Course Entertainment at 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

500 Festival Launches Search for Course Entertainment at 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Central Indiana’s best bands, dance groups, musicians, family-friendly entertainers are needed to inspire race participants

INDIANAPOLIS (January 7, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the application process has opened for Course Entertainment at the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Selected groups will perform for a crowd of 40,000+ participants, volunteers and spectators along the 13.1-mile course on May 2, 2020. Musicians, dance groups, bands, and family-friendly entertainers of all genres are encouraged to apply at IndyMini.com.


Named America’s Best Half Marathon and one of “America’s Most Iconic Races” by Runners World, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s largest half marathons (for the past 20 years) and annually attracts participants from all 50 states and 15+ countries around the world. Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the Indy Mini course is packed with 100 of the best entertainment groups, bands and spirit squads, providing energy and excitement every step of the way. Selected entertainment acts will receive a wide variety of perks, including Indy 500 practice tickets, group recognition, and the unforgettable experience of inspiring thousands.


“Every year, when that alarm clock goes off on the morning of the Mini-Marathon, we say ‘Why do we do this?’ Well, we do this because it’s fun, it’s exciting, and dancing is our way of participating in this great event,” said Kathy Rucker of Circle City Clog, a group that has participated for over 20 years. “Seeing the thousands of people coming towards you, who stop to dance along to the music, shake your hand or just say ‘thank you’ is so inspiring. After dancing for ninety minutes, we are tired, but satisfied that we have done our job.”


The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programs and events. Course entertainment groups have a significant impact on the event experience. Indy Mini participants cite course entertainment as one of the top reasons they return to the race year after year. From rock bands to cloggers to Indy’s best DJs, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon course entertainers represent Indy’s most talented performers.


Benefits for 2020 Course Entertainers include:

  • Unforgettable experience to inspire tens of thousands
  • Group name and booking information listed on indymini.com
  • Group signage may be displayed at your performance location
  • Group recognition listed in the 2019 Participant Guide
  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Certificate of participation
  • Tickets to an Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
  • Social Media Contest – The winning group will be featured in a Facebook post on both the Mini-Marathon and 500 Festival page, as well as a blog post on IndyMini.com
  • Award for top entertainment group


The 2020 Course Entertainment application deadline is March 15, 2020. To learn more about Course Entertainment or to apply, click here.


The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Delta Dental, Franciscan 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/register or search #IndyMini on social media.


About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster 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 $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.