500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo opens Thursday at new location

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo opens Thursday at new location

Wed, 2012-05-02

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon kicks off with the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo on Thursday, May 3, at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Halls A & B. More than 40,000 people are expected to browse more than 100 exhibits, which makes this the largest Expo to date. Mini-Marathon participants have two days, May 3 and May 4, to pick up their Mini-Marathon packets at the Expo. There will be no packet pick-up services available on race day.

Vendors and exhibitors will have the latest in running gear, health information, food and opportunities to sample fitness products. Representatives from New Balance, ASICS, Brooks Sports, K-Swiss, Mizuno, Nike, Adidas, Vibram & Newton, Saucony and Puma will be at the Expo both days to present the newest technology in running shoes and apparel. Changing Footprints will be taking gently used shoes to repair and donate to those in need. Mini-Marathon participants can prepare for race day by visiting the course preview area and the official merchandise booth. All attendees will have the chance to get their picture taken with a 2012 500 Festival Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, check out several exhibits including the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway with numerous cars on display, and pick up a FREE reusable grocery bag courtesy of OneAmerica.

In addition, the registration for the 2013 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will be available at the 2012 Mini-Marathon Expo. New this year, the Mini-Marathon Expo Virtual Goodie Bag will be available to participants and the general public and will be filled with valuable coupons to download before you arrive at the Expo!

The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees do not need to be registered for the Mini-Marathon or Finish Line 500 Festival 5K to participate in the Expo activities.

WHEN:          Thursday, May 3, 4 – 8 p.m.

                     Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.        

WHERE:        Indianapolis Convention Center, Halls A & B, 100 S. Capitol Ave.                          

    

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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