Registration for 2012 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run Opens Today

Registration for 2012 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run Opens Today

Mon, 2012-01-09 08:16

INDIANAPOLIS (January 9, 2012) – Registration for the 2012 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run opens today on the 500 Festival website,  

Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. All kids, ages 3-12, are invited to participate in the non-competitive race. The pre-registration fee is $6 until May. On-site registration will be $10.

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.

Sponsors for Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run include Chase, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, AAA Hoosier Motor Club, Indianapolis Colts, Finish Line and MHS.

For more information on the 500 Festival or to register for the 2012 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, please visit


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, 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, 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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