OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Sells Out for 11th Consecutive Year

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Sells Out for 11th Consecutive Year

Fri, 2012-01-27 06:40

 

Participants registered from 50 states, 11 countries 

INDIANAPOLIS (January 27, 2012) – The 500 Festival announced today the 36th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon sold out with 35,000 entries on January 27, 2012. The event is scheduled for May 5, 2012. Participants from 50 states, Puerto Rico and 11 countries (US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden) have registered. Entries postmarked on or before January 27, will still be accepted.

The Mini is the nation’s largest half marathon with 35,000 runners and walkers. The Mini-Marathon has continued to grow since its inception in 1977 with a field of 800 participants.

“The Mini-Marathon has become part of Indianapolis’ culture,” said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Each year we strive to continually improve the overall participant experience at the Mini-Marathon and 5K whether it’s with state-of-the-art timing technology, runner tracking technical running t-shirts and a festive atmosphere. We believe this is why the event continues to be a success.”

There are several additional events surrounding the Mini-Marathon for both participants and the public to enjoy. Stop by the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, May 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Halls A & B of the Indiana Convention Center or the 500 Festival Post Race Party in Military Park on May 5, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration remains open for the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at www.500festival.com for $35 until March 31, 2012 or the date the maximum field of 4,000 is reached.

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Finish Line, Franciscan St. Francis Health and Marsh.

Mini-Marathon Transfer Program

The 500 Festival will allow registration transfers for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon beginning Jan. 27 through April 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST. Current registrants who are unable to participate may transfer their entry to another person. There is a $20 administration and processing fee associated with all transfers.

Here is how the transfer policy works:

  • A registered participant wanting to transfer his/her registration to someone else must find someone who would like to participate, a person who is not already registered for the Mini-Marathon.
  • The person transferring into the Mini-Marathon must complete a “transfer request” form at www.500festival.com. There will be a $20 processing fee associated with the transfer request. Transfer requests will only be processed online. Only the person transferring into the Mini-Marathon needs to fill out the transfer request form.
  • Once the transfer request is confirmed by the 500 Festival, the participant transferring out of the Mini-Marathon will be removed from race registration and the participant transferring into the race will be added to the field.

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy

The 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy is the only official training program for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, allowing participants to run on part of the actual Mini-Marathon course and to use Bib Timing Devices. The official Training Series, combined of three events, is designed to allow participants the opportunity to gauge their progress in preparation for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The three Training Series events gradually increase in distance to coincide with a typical training program’s schedule. Training Series dates for 2012 are: February 11 (5K); March 3 (10K) and April 7 (15K). All Training Series events start and finish at the NCAA Hall of Champions in downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. Participants may register online at www.500festival.com.

 

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 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, over 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, 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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