Mini-Marathon Kicks Off 500 Festival
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, or simply The Mini as Hoosiers so affectionately call it, returns for its 38th year on May 3. The Mini is the nation’s largest half-marathon, the seventh largest road race in the United States, and the 18th largest in the world. It has sold out with 35,000 participants for the past 12 years.
The race begins with the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at 7:15 a.m. and starts near the intersection of Washington and West streets. The route heads west along Michigan Street and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before heading back down New York Street to the finish line.
The Mini kicks off the 500 Festival, a series of events leading up to the iconic Indianapolis 500, long regaled as the world’s largest single-day sporting event at the world’s largest sporting facility. The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500, and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana.
Other events include the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run on May 10, Breakfast at the Brickyard on May 17, the American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day on May 21, the 500 Festival Memorial Service on May 23, the Key Bank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball on May 24, and the IPL 500 Festival Parade also on May 24. All events lead up to and build anticipation for the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.