Participants registered from 49 states and 8 countries
INDIANAPOLIS (December 15, 2009) -- The 500 Festival announced today the 34th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon sold out with 35,000 entries on December 14, 2009. The event is scheduled for May 8, 2010. Participants from 49 states and 8 countries have registered. Entries postmarked on or before December 14, will still be accepted.
Registration remains open for the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K at www.500festival.com for $30 until March 31, 2010. Registration will close on the date the maximum field of 4,000 is reached.
The Mini is the nation's largest half marathon with 35,000 runners and walkers. As one of the nation's premier running events, it is larger in participant base even than the legendary Boston Marathon. The Mini-Marathon has continued to grow since its inception in 1977 and a field of 800 participants. This is the ninth consecutive year the event has sold out.
"Each year we strive to continually improve the overall participant experience at the Mini-Marathon and 5K, and we believe this is why the event continues to be a success," said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO of the 500 Festival. "Last year we introduced the newest technology in timing and scoring, and instituted a new recycling initiative. This year, Mini-Marathon participants will receive a long sleeve technical t-shirt which is popular with runners and walkers. 5K participants will receive a short sleeve version."
The 500 Festival will allow registration transfers for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon beginning January 11, 2010. Rules and regulations will be posted to www.500festival.com at that time.
There are several additional events surrounding the Mini-Marathon for both participants and the public to enjoy. Stop by the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, May 6-7 in Halls D&E of the Indiana Convention Center or the 500 Festival Post Race Party in Military Park on May 8, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Finish Line, St. Francis, Marsh and Subway.
500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy
The 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy is the only official training program for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, allowing participants to run on part of the actual Mini-Marathon course and to use "D-Tag" timing and scoring device that was used at the Mini-Marathon for the first time in 2009. The official Training Series, combined of three events, is designed to allow participants the opportunity to gauge their progress in preparation for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The three Training Series events gradually increase in distance to coincide with a typical training program's schedule. Training Series dates for 2010 are: February 13 (5K); March 6 (10K) and April 10 (15K). All Training Series events start and finish at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis' White River State Park. Participants may register online at www.500festival.com.
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.