500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy begins Saturday, Feb. 1 with 5K event

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy begins Saturday, Feb. 1 with 5K event

Wed, 2014-01-29

WHAT: Athletes will hit the pavement Saturday morning for the first of three events for the official training series of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 2014 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy.  The Training Series is designed to allow participants the opportunity to gauge their progression in preparation for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Participants will run on part of the actual Mini-Marathon course and practice using water stations. The three Training Series events gradually increase in distance to coincide with a typical training program’s schedule. In addition to the 5K (3.1 miles), additional events include the 10K: March 1 (6.2 miles) and the 15K: April 5 (9.3 miles). Register online at www.500festival.com.

Pre-registration for the 5K on Saturday is closed; however, those still wanting to participate can do so by signing up the day-of. On-site registration is available for $16 and begins 90 minutes before each event. Participants may also sign up for all three Training Series events for $40. The 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy, is open to the public. Participants do not need to be registered for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to enter.

QR Code: Similar to last year, the 500 Festival has added a QR code on each runner bib. This will allow participants to use their smart phones to receive their results. Training Series participants can simply scan the code on their bib which will link directly to their results.

Race officials may cancel, delay or change the run in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants.  In the event of cancellation, the 500 Festival communications department will notify local media of such changes. Please tune into WISH-TV or listen to WFMS 95.5, WJJK 104.5 or WWFT i94 for updates on the status of the event. In the event of cancellation, refunds will not be issued. For additional details including race courses, public parking options and event times for all three of the 500 Festival Training Series events, please visit the Training Series eConfirmation Booklet at http://pub.epageview.com/aglaia/viewer.aspx?docid=02e91f35e5744f5db8be6df35b5e07dc

In addition, the 500 Festival is proud to announce that OrthoIndy has extended their contract as presenting sponsor of the Training Series through 2016.


OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Registrations are still available to participate in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K on May 3. Registration will close when the maximum field of 35,000 participants is reached for the Mini and 4,000 for the 5K. The Mini has sold out the past 12 years. Registration is available through www.500festival.com.


WHEN: 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy, 5K: Feb. 1

Registration/packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. The 5K Training Series event will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Media representatives will be on site from 6 a.m. through race conclusion.


WHERE: NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington Street, will serve as the race headquarters for registration and packet pickup.


CONTACT: Dana Rantovich, 500 Festival, (317) 614-6141; mobile (317) 339-8754; drantovich@500festival.com  


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 57 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation. The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce 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.



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