• Indianapolis,
    Indiana,
    United States
  • May
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

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On the first Saturday of May, 30,000+ runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers will take over the streets of downtown Indianapolis for The Greatest Spectacle in Running - the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

This epic race starts in the heart of downtown Indianapolis with an IndyCar leading off each wave. The flat, fast course is packed with thousands of the nicest volunteers you’ll ever meet and nearly 100 course entertainment acts.

What makes the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon even more special is that the course includes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (you know, home of the Indy 500). As participants reach the Speedway’s Yard of Bricks, many will stop to kneel and kiss the bricks. Funny tradition? Maybe. But tradition is what we’re all about!

2018 marks the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon’s 42nd running. Within its history, countless stories have emerged around the heart pounding excitement of the Indy Mini. From United States Olympians Frank Shorter and Meb Keflezighi, to the nine people that have completed every Mini-Marathon, to families getting healthy together, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon has become a beloved tradition. JOIN US!

Stephanie Fichtelman

Delaware, Ohio, United States
6 12
2019
"I kissed the bricks"
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Stephanie Fichtelman's thoughts:

We traveled in and stayed at the race sponsored hotel, The Courtyard by Marriott, just a few short blocks from the start/finish line. The expo was walk-able from the hotel as well, and I liked the organization of it and vendors there. Nice long sleeve tech event shirts with shirt exchange available.
We made dinner reservations at The Yard. Definitely recommend that place!

Our hotel served fruit and bottled water early for the runners which was really nice.
Plenty of portopotties at the start area so we didn't have to wait long. We walked right into our corral a few minutes before the start. We all submitted our times from our fall race so we could be seeded in Wave 1 and start on time with the 7:33am start time. This is HUGE race, pretty crowded, but runners were able to take over the entire street so we had enough room. I think they could have done a better job of patching up the potholes on the road.

Overall, this course was pretty boring. The point is getting to run on the Indy 500 race track, so the run to and from was just kind of meh to me. There is a super cute little street leading up to the track that I really enjoyed running through with tons of crowd support. The track is 2.5 miles long, and the entrance in is a pretty steep downhill then back up to get in. The Golden Mile recognizing KIA military personnel was moving. We mainly ran on the pits, but when running on the track the slope was a little tough. The track also felt like a different type of pavement. We ran out of the track back to the finish line and the road was like a really beat up cobblestone type of road. It poured the entire race this year, so the messy roads had huge puddles.
Plenty of 'pit stops' for water on both sides of the street and well staffed.

When we finished we got our medals, headed over to the food, got some photos and went on a desperate search for mylar blankets. I was pretty disappointed they did not have any, especially since early May can bring out any type of weather and in watching the forecast we knew the odds of it raining was crazy high.
Since our hotel was so close to the finish line, we did not use gear check, but we were so wet and cold we did not hang out much at the finish line area which was a bummer. It was a huge area full of vendors and food trucks and music I would have liked to hang out, it was just too cold with the rain at that point .

Overall, it is a good race, good organization, pretty good crowd support, and I may have had a little different opinion if it had not rained the whole time, but you can't fault the race for the weather! I got to kiss the bricks on track and that was an awesome opportunity. Lots of my friends PR'd this race, so pretty fast, very flat race.

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