500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy wraps up Saturday, April 5 with 15K

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy wraps up Saturday, April 5 with 15K

Thu, 2014-04-03

WHAT: Athletes will hit the pavement Saturday morning for the final event of the official training series of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 2014 500 Festival Training Series 15K, 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.

Pre-registration for the 15K on Saturday is closed; however, those still wanting to participate can do so by signing up on race day. On-site registration is available for $20 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 the 500 Festival Training Series events, please visit the online confirmation booklet by clicking here.

Free Runner Tracking

For the second year, the 500 Festival will be offering free runner tracking for the 500 Festival Training Series races. Runner tracking technology allows family and fans to follow their friends, family or fellow runners. By registering for the program and entering an athlete’s first and last name on the runner tracking webpage, users of the feature can follow a runner’s time as they cross the finish line. Spectators and participants can electronically track multiple runners along the race course by receiving real-time via email, text messages, Facebook status updates and/or tweets. Free runner tracking registration is available by visiting https://www.500festival.com/mini-marathon/training/runner-tracking15K.

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K

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.IndyMini.com.  

WHEN: April 5

Registration/Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The 15K Training Series event will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

Distance: 15K (9.3 miles)

***Please note, this is an earlier time that the 500 Festival Training Series: 5K, which started at 8:30 a.m.***

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

MEDIA TRUCK PARKING: Please see map below for details.  

 

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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