Registration Open for Indianapolis 500 Mile and Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenges

Registration Open for Indianapolis 500 Mile and Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenges

INDIANAPOLIS (May 30, 2024) – The 500 Festival announces the return of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge and the Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge, benefiting the 500 Festival. These virtual fitness challenges allow participants to continue celebrating the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500 beyond the Month of May.  

Participants can stay active and complete a total of 500 miles of physical activity, the same mileage NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers complete in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Participants may also choose to complete 250 miles of physical activity by taking on the Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge. Registration for either challenge is now open at Registration will close on June 28. 

Each challenge serves as a significant fundraiser for the 500 Festival and 500 Festival Foundation, with all proceeds going toward the 500 Festival’s free education, health, and leadership development programs. These initiatives impact the lives of 100,000 youth and families each year.  

Mile logging for the challenges will kick off on June 12 with a completion date of October 31. Participants may conquer this mileage by running, walking, rolling, swimming, cycling, attending fitness classes, and engaging in various other activities. Mileage is logged on an online platform where participants can track their progress and see how they stack up to others.  

Registration for each challenge is $65 and all participants will receive:  

  • Challenge-specific participant shirt, finisher medal, and hat 
  • One-of-a-kind challenge sticker 
  • Customizable and printable PDF challenge bib and finisher certificate  
  • Virtual Badges 
  • Invitation to a participant-only private Facebook group 
  • The first 500 registered participants for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge will receive a one-of-a-kind First 500 shirt  

“The 500 Mile and 250 Mile Challenges are an exciting and unique way to extend the excitement of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 into the summer and early fall months,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “The Challenges have become a favorite of runners, walkers, and race fans eager to sustain their active lifestyles beyond the Month of May.” 

To register or learn more about the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge and Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge, visit or search #IndyVirtualChallenge 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.