Olympian Alexi Pappas to Run 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Olympian Alexi Pappas to Run 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Another One of Running’s Biggest Stars to Compete in the Indy Mini

INDIANAPOLIS (January 30, 2018) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that professional runner and Olympian Alexi Pappas will run the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 5, 2018.

“I’m proud to return to Indianapolis for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. It is a place I feel connected with as a runner,” said Pappas. “I raced in Indianapolis many times in college and was also honored to be in Indianapolis as a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2012. To now return there as an Olympian is exciting!”

Pappas, a Greek-American who holds dual citizenship, is a 2016 Olympian and the Greek national record holder in the 10,000 meters with a personal best of 31:36 set at the Rio Olympics. Known for her avid social media following, Pappas has emerged as one of the most admired athletes of her generation. Pappas shared the cover of Runner’s World Magazine’s 50th edition printing with comedian Kevin Hart for a special issue about social media and the “New Boom” in running. Pappas will join Meb Keflezighi, the greatest distance runner in American history, at the start line of this year’s OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

Credited with pursuing art and world-class athletics in elegant lockstep, Pappas is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker. While training for the 2016 Olympic Games, Alexi wrote, directed and starred in the feature film “Tracktown” alongside Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andy Buckley (“The Office”).  The film was produced with support from the Sundance Institute and premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Indy Mini participants can meet Pappas at the 2018 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo. More details about her availability at the Expo will be announced closer to the event.

“We are thrilled to have Alexi Pappas join us this May for the 42nd running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Alexi is an inspirational champion of running, specifically for young women, as well as an advocate of intermediate race distances like a 10K or half marathon. Indy Mini participants, as well as the Indianapolis community, will be excited to see her on race weekend.”


About the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

One of the nation’s largest half marathons, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programs and events. 2018 will mark the 42nd running of the race.

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is a flat, fast course perfect for runners and walkers alike. It starts in downtown Indianapolis and travels west for a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indy 500, before returning to the city for the finish.

With more than 15 aid stations, nearly 100 entertainment groups and thousands of volunteers and cheering spectators lining the course, there’s nothing like the heart-pounding excitement of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The start and finish lines are within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and the Post Race Party following the race in downtown Indy’s Military Park is the perfect way to celebrate the accomplishment of participants.

Now through February 28, the Mini-Marathon registration fee is $79. Pricing will continue to increase throughout the spring.

Date                          Price

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28            $79

Mar. 1 – May 1                $89

Expo                          $100

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, 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 www.indymini.com, follow the Indy Mini Facebook page, or search #IndyMini on social media.

To download a photo of Pappas, click HERE.


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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster 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 $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.