500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy continues Saturday, March 3 with 10K

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy continues Saturday, March 3 with 10K

Wed, 2012-02-29 11:48


Athletes will hit the pavement Saturday morning for the second of three events for the official training series of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 2012 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 sold-out OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 5, 2012. 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 10K, the 15K run takes place on April 7. Register online at www.500festival.com.

Pre-registration for the 10K 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 $18 and begins 90 minutes before the event. 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.

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 500 Festival Training Series events, please visit the online confirmation booklet at http://www.epaperflip.com/aglaia/viewer.aspx?docid=05367a32164f40748547f8edff962b98.  


March 3

Registration/Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The 10K Training Series event will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. ***Please note, this is an earlier time that the 500 Festival Training Series: 5K, which started at 8:30 a.m.***

Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)     


NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington Street, will serve as the race headquarters for registration and check-in.   


Megan Bulla, 500 Festival, (317) 614-6128; mbulla@500festival.com


Please see map below for details. 

Editor’s note: The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon may be sold out, but the 500 Festival will allow registration transfers for the Mini through April 9, 2012 at 5 p.m.Current registrants who are unable to participate may transfer their entry to another person. There is a $20 administration and processing fee associated with all transfers. Also, registration remains open for the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at www.500festival.com for $35 until March 31, 2012 or the date the maximum field of 4,000 is reached.


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, 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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