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Posted: December 10, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: 2010 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K to Start at Earlier Time

INDIANAPOLIS (December 10, 2009) -- The start time for the 2010 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K will begin earlier than in previous years. The 500 Festival announced today the 2010 race will start at 7:00 a.m. In past years, the race started at 8:15 a.m. after the course for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon cleared. The start time for the Mini-Marathon will remain at 7:30 a.m.

The time change will improve the overall experience for both 5K and Mini-Marathon participants. Those participating in the 5K will have the course entirely to themselves at the start and will be able to make it through the finish line area without backups. The change also allows volunteers to direct all of their efforts to their specific event.

"We look for ways to improve all of our events and this will have a positive impact on participant experience for both the 5K participants as well as the Mini participant, " said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO of the 500 Festival.

The registration fee for the 2010 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K is $30. Registration will close on March 31, 2010 or the date the maximum field of 4,000 is reached. Each participant of the 5K will receive a short sleeve performance technical shirt, included in the registration fee. Online registration for the race is available at

Registration is also available for the 2010 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The registration fee is $70 and will close on January 31, 2010 or the date the maximum field of 35,000 participants is reached. Fewer than 1,000 spots remain.

The 5K utilizes the same start line and finish line as the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

Runners and walkers in the 5K receive many of the same benefits as the participants in the Mini-Marathon, including:

  • Water stations (pit areas) and Gatorade stations on the course
  • Entertainment along the course
  • Exclusive packet pick-up area at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo
  • A finisher's medal
  • A complimentary opening day ticket for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®
  • A short-sleeved 2010 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K technical shirt
  • A celebration at the 500 Festival Post Race Party
  • For more information on 500 Festival, visit our Web site at

    The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

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

    Last year, over 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs 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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