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Greatest Spectacle in Running: 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Kicks Off 43rd Year

The One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, one of the country’s most iconic races and also affectionately known as The Mini, returns for its 43rd year on May 4. For more than 20 years, it’s been the nation’s largest half-marathon, the seventh-largest road race in the U.S. and the 18th largest worldwide, annually attracting 30,000-plus runners, joggers and walkers.

The race begins with the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at 7 a.m. and starts in the heart of downtown with each wave led by an IndyCar. The 13.1-mile course 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, including the Salesforce & JP Morgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on May 11, 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 Indiana.

Cost: $89 per person for mini-marathon; $40 per person for 5K. For more information about 500 Festival events, including the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, visit 500Festival.com.

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