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Posted: January 21, 2009  :

Athletics: 2009 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon looking for great entertainers

INDIANAPOLIS (January 21, 2009) – The 500 Festival is looking for entertainers to be part of one of the largest four-hour music festivals in the nation. Applications are now being accepted from live bands, cheer groups, DJs and dance troupes to cheer 39,000 runners and walkers to the finish line of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. Live entertainment will provide motivation for participants making their way through the 13.1-mile course on Saturday, May 2.

Last year over 100 live groups performed along the course of the nation’s largest half-marathon. The application deadline for those who would like to participate in this year’s entertainment line-up is March 6, 2009. The 500 Festival urges those interested to apply early. Space is limited.

Along with performing in front of the 39,000 runners and walkers, all entertainers will have the opportunity to have their group’s name displayed on/at:

· Group name and link to group Web site listed on

· Group name listed on “Thank You” ad placed in local newspaper

· Personal signage may also be displayed at each entertainer’s performance location

Groups can register online at or by mailing an entertainment registration form to Amanda Forrester, 500 Festival, 500 Festival Building, 21 Virginia Avenue, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204. A demo tape or CD and photo must be included with the application.

For more information, call (317) 614-6115, e-mail or visit

The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce events and programs that celebrate the success of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Indiana and their guests. These events and programs, produced largely by volunteers, enhance the image of our city and state by showcasing our cultural, educational, and social benefits to the world.

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

Last year, nearly 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in festival activities 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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