500 Festival Launches Virtual Race Series

500 Festival Launches Virtual Race Series

New virtual race series offers participants a fun way to reach fitness goals and log miles towards completion of Indianapolis 500 Mile and Freedom 100 Challenges

INDIANAPOLIS (July 8, 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 launch of their Virtual Race Series. The series consists of five new virtual races that will be completed from July through October 2020. Each virtual race will have a special auto racing theme and a unique distance. In addition, virtual race participants may count these race miles toward their Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge or Freedom 100 Mile Challenge goal. Registration for the 500 Festival’s 2020 Virtual Race Series is available now at indymini.com/virtualseries.

The 500 Festival’s 2020 Virtual Race Series is as follows:

  • July – Brickyard 4.00-Miler, benefitting the 500 Festival
  • August – Snake Pit 6-Miler, benefitting the 500 Festival
  • September – Labor Day 3-Miler, benefitting the 500 Festival
  • October – Harvest GP 5-Miler, benefitting the 500 Festival
  • October – IndyCar Championship 10-Miler, benefitting the 500 Festival

“We are excited to launch this series of five virtual races over the next five months,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “In addition to race registrations supporting the 500 Festival’s youth programs and events, these virtual races provide participants with new motivation and encouragement to get active and log their miles during such an unprecedented year.”

All races within the 500 Festival’s 2020 Virtual Race Series can be completed whenever and wherever participants decide. Simply pick the day, time and location you want to complete your race. Participants can complete their race mileage in a number of ways including running, walking, wheelchair, swimming, cycling, fitness classes and more. Virtual races can be completed in one day or distance can be spread out across multiple days to ensure maximum flexibility for a safe and healthy experience.

To register or learn more about the 500 Festival Virtual Race Series, visit Indymini.com/virtualseries. To register or learn more about the Indy 500 Mile Challenge, visit IndyMini.com/500miles or search #IndyVirtualChallenge on social media.

Editor’s Note: You can view the shirts and medals for each virtual race in the series here: https://bit.ly/3gvPT1E


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 $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Media Contact: Sabrina List, 500 Festival
317.954.3203 ǀ slist@500festival.com