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Posted: March 30, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Kids’ to run this town at the 15th annual Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

INDIANAPOLIS (March 30, 2009) - Children ages 3-12 will get the opportunity to run this town just a few weeks after the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as the 15th annual Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run gets underway. Registration for the Rookie Run is now open online at www.500festival.com. Rookie Run takes place on Sunday, May 17 from 1p.m. -- 3 p.m. just north of the Monument Circle.

The Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run is a noncompetitive fun run that celebrates physical fitness and complements the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Each race finisher receives a goodie bag and finisher's medal, and all participants will share the same bib number -- No. 1.

Pre-registration is available online at www.500festival.com for just $5. Onsite registration will be available the day of the event for $10 beginning at 11 a.m. on Ohio Street, north of Monument Circle in front of the Chase Tower. Registration will also be available at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, presented by AT&T in Halls A&B at the Indiana Convention Center on April 30 from 4-8 p.m. and May 1 from 10 a.m. -- 9 p.m. When you register don't forget to order your commemorative 2009 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run t-shirt for $10.

Also on May 17, stop by the state's largest free outdoor festival for children -- the Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day on Monument Circle. Families are invited to attend Kids' Day from noon to 4:00 p.m. on May 17.

This year's Kids' Day entertainment will be world's greatest costumed crime-fighting team -- Batman and Robin. The duo will perform three times on the south steps of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis during Kids' Day. The performances will emphasize this year's Kids' Day theme, "Everyday Heroes."

Families can interact with local mascots and clowns, race mini cars, bounce in giant inflatables and create arts and crafts. Children can also visit with nationally known characters or make sashes with the newly crowned 500 Festival Queen and the 500 Festival Princesses. Dozens of exhibitors will fill Monument Circle and surrounding streets with food, fun and educational games.

For more information on the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run and Kids' Day visit www.500festival.com.

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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