INDIANAPOLIS – Today the 500 Festival announces that Dallas Clark, former tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, will be participating in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as part of the Mini with a Meaning program to raise funds for two children’s hospitals.
Clark will be conquering the 13.1 miles as part of his preparation and training to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Kona this fall. Clark is making his Indy Mini experience even more meaningful by participating in the Mini with a Meaning Program, which allows participants to raise awareness and funds in support of a non-profit organization. In conjunction with the Mini with a Meaning Program, Clark is also partnering with the Ironman Foundation with a goal of reaching $2,000,000 to support Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
“When I came to Indianapolis as a rookie in 2003, I got involved with Make-A-Wish and was able to meet some incredible kids who had more strength, courage, and fight in them than in me and my teammates,” Clark said. “I have always had a big place in my heart for kids and couldn’t think of two better places to support than Peyton’s Hospital and the Stead Family Hospital. Competing in the Ironman in Kona is a completely different kind of training and preparation. I will need some of these kids’ strength and courage during the journey. Together we can make a difference in these beautiful kids’ journey!”
Clark will attend the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo Friday, May 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a meet-and-greet.
Clark’s football career began as a walk-on linebacker for the University of Iowa. After changing positions to tight end, he received the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end in 2002. He then spent 11 seasons playing in the NFL, nine of them as tight end for the Indianapolis Colts. Clark now resides in his hometown of Livermore, Iowa with his wife and three children. Due to his success in the NFL, he was able to purchase his century-old family farm, which he has transitioned into an organic farm. He also established the Dallas Clark Foundation, a nonprofit that strives to give back to the community through educational scholarships, teaching students how and why to recycle, helping fund local town improvements, and teaching area youth about football and physical fitness.
“We are thrilled to have Dallas Clark participating in this year’s Indy Mini, and we are even more excited to be a platform for him to start his journey of raising money for two incredible children’s hospitals,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “We also know that Clark is passionate about youth physical fitness, and we’re happy to report that all Indy Mini registrations directly support the 500 Festival’s free youth health & fitness initiatives, which impact over 25,000 students each year.”
After two years of virtual participation, this year will mark the 46th running of the Indy Mini, but the 44th in-person event. This is a unique tie to the Super Bowl winner, as he is the former #44 for the Indianapolis Colts.
There’s still time to join Dallas Clark in conquering the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K on May 7 by registering in person at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo on Thursday, May 5, from 4 – 8 p.m. or Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. To support his goal of raising $2,000,000, click HERE.
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