Indiana Entertainment Groups Invited to Cheer on Participants at the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Indiana Entertainment Groups Invited to Cheer on Participants at the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Bands, dance groups, musicians, family-friendly entertainers welcome!

The 500 Festival today announces registration is open for Course Entertainment at the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Selected groups will perform for a crowd of 30,000+ participants, volunteers, and spectators along the 13.1-mile course on May 7, 2022. Musicians, dance groups, bands, and family-friendly entertainers of all genres are encouraged to apply at

Named America’s Best Half Marathon of the Decade by the BibRave 100 and one of “America’s Most Iconic Races” by Runners World, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is a unique opportunity for entertainment group recognition and to participate in the Month of May festivities. Each year, participants from all 50 states and 15+ countries from all over the world participate in The Greatest Spectacle in Running. Entertainment groups will pack the Indy Mini course, providing energy and excitement every step of the way. Selected entertainment acts will receive a wide variety of perks, including Indianapolis 500 practice tickets, group recognition, and the unforgettable experience of inspiring thousands of participants.

It is a very rewarding time,” said Robert Herring of the Caribbean Association of Indiana. “To see the participants respond to our music and dancing while cheering them on is awesome. Where else can you see 30,000+ smiles in one day?”

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations directly support the 500 Festival’s free youth health, fitness, and education programs and events. Course entertainment groups have a significant impact on the event experience. Indy Mini participants cite course entertainment as one of the top reasons they return to the race year after year. From cloggers to rock bands to DJs, the course entertainers represent Indy’s most talented performers.

Benefits for 2022 Course Entertainers include:

  • Unforgettable experience to inspire tens of thousands
  • Group name and booking information listed on com
  • Group signage displayed at performance location
  • Group recognition listed in the 2022 Participant Guide
  • Commemorative shirt*
  • Certificate of participation
  • Tickets to an Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
  • Social media contest – The winning group will be featured in a Facebook post on both the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 500 Festival page, as well as a blog post on com
  • The 2022 Course Entertainment application deadline is April 1, 2022*. To learn more about Course Entertainment or to apply, click here.

*Entertainment groups must register by March 15 to be guaranteed to receive a commemorative shirt

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Delta Dental, Franciscan Health, and Meijer. The Mini-Marathon will be broadcast to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. To register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, or to learn more, visit or search #IndyMini on social media.


About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.