Chase 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run to take place this Saturday

Chase 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run to take place this Saturday

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:27

Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, the state’s largest free outdoor festival for children, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 11, 2013. Families can interact with local mascots, race mini cars, bounce in giant inflatables and create arts and crafts. Children can also visit with nationally-known characters and make sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses. Dozens of exhibitors will fill Monument Circle and surrounding streets with food, fun, educational games and more than 10,000 prizes. For the second year, kids can ride a free 70-foot Ferris wheel, race remote-controlled cars and test their skills in a race car simulator.

The KIDZ BOP Kids, the face and voice behind KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., will headline the Entertainment Stage at the 2013 Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day. Please click here to read more about KIDZ BOP Kids. Local acts will include P.H.A.T., Garrett Godsey, G. Scotten Talent Center and Johnny Magic.

Sponsors for the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day include Chase, AAA Travel, Indianapolis Colts and Old Navy. The entertainment stage is sponsored by

Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

As part of the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, all kids ages 3 – 12 are invited to join in for the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run at 1 p.m. It is a non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner. The Rookie Run is a great way for kids to stay physically fit. Kids aged three to five will run a two-block course, runners aged six and seven will race a 1/5-mile course, while runners aged eight to 12 will run the 1/3-mile course. The race takes place on Ohio and Meridian streets, just north of Monument Circle. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runner’s bib with the number 1 and a finisher’s medal. Pre-registration is $6 and ends on May 9 at 5 p.m. Event day registration is available for $10 at the corner of Pennsylvania and Ohio streets. Sponsors for Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run include Finish Line and MHS.

For more information on Kids’ Day, Rookie Run or other 500 Festival events and programs, visit

Event Schedule:

1 – 4 p.m. on Friday: Ferris wheel construction on north spoke of Monument Circle

Midnight on Friday: Monument Circle and spoke streets close for event preparation

5 a.m. on Saturday: Ohio Street between Illinois and Pennsylvania streets and Meridian Street north to New York Street close for Rookie Run set-up

11 a.m.: Rookie Run registration begins

Noon: Kids’ Day is open to the public; North spoke opens for Food Services

12:45 p.m.: Cross streets begin closing for Rookie Run

1 p.m.: Rookie Run begins

3:30 p.m.: Rookie Run ends, Meridian Street from New York to North streets reopen

4 p.m.: Kids’ Day concludes

7 p.m.: All streets reopen

Parking Tips:     

Make a parking plan in advance of event day. Please arrive downtown early to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Many downtown streets will be closed to traffic and public parking in preparation for the event.  Meters will carry a four hour time limit.


Map of the Kids’ Day event layout

Map of the Rookie Run route

Map of street closings for Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

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 56 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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