Volunteer Center

500 Festival

General Information

Address: 21 Virginia Avenue, Suite 500

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Contact Information

Name: Brittany Blue

Email address: volunteer@500festival.com

Phone number: (317) 614-6112

Website address:  https://2014indy500festival.theregistrationsystem.com/en/registration/login/1910

Volunteer Information

Categorical listing: Other-Events

Mission: The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana.

Volunteer Opportunities:

500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy

Dates: 10K: March 1, 2014; 8 a.m.; 15K: April 5, 2014; 8 a.m.

 The Training Series is designed to allow participants the opportunity to gauge their progression in preparation for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Participants will run on part of the actual Mini-Marathon course and practice using water stations. The three Training Series events gradually increase in distance to coincide with a typical training program's schedule.

500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo

(Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis)

 Dates:   May 1, 2014; 4 - 8 p.m.

May 2, 2014; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo jump starts the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon weekend for both participants and the general public on May 1 and 2 with interactive activities for all ages and a great selection of exhibitors. Located in Hall F & G within the Indianapolis Convention Center, it houses the 40,000-plus participants, along with family, fans and guests. Because the Mini-Marathon race packets are not mailed to the participants, all Mini-Marathon and 5K runners/walkers are required to pick up their race packets at the Expo. The packets include the runner's bib race number, Bib-timing device, participant shirt and other important information. The Expo is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the excitement that builds to the Mini-Marathon on Saturday and provides an opportunity for the general public to learn about the latest in health and fitness gear.

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

(Downtown Indianapolis)

Date:     May 3, 2014; 7:30 a.m.

The 500 Festival kicks off May in a big way with one of its premier events, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The Mini-Marathon is the nation's largest half marathon, having sold out with 35,000 participants for the past 12 years.

This 500 Festival tradition will commence May 3 and will mark the 38th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Within its 38-year history, many stories have emerged around the excitement. From United States Olympian marathon runners, the arrival of international runners, to the family traditions, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon provides competition and camaraderie.

Race Highlights:

•             The course for the Mini-Marathon begins near the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west toward the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® along Michigan Street and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street to the finish line.

•             Ranked as one of the best half-marathons by Runner's World magazine

•             A flat, fast course that loops the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®, home of the world-famous Indianapolis 500®, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

•             Corralled starting area

•             Bib-timing and scoring devices

•             Special seeded start areas that utilize a wave start for a more efficient and enjoyable running and walking experience

•             Unique Mini-Marathon medals for all finishers provided by OneAmerica  (plus, the opportunity to purchase an iTaB and engrave your name and finishing time for insertion on the back of the medal)

•             Free commemorative long-sleeve, gender-specific technical t-shirt to all participants

•             Continuous music and entertainment along the Mini-Marathon course provided by nearly 80 groups

•             16 course "Pit Areas" (11 water stations, five Gatorade stations) as well as water and Gatorade at the start and finish areas, all in 13.1 miles

•             Athletes and fans are invited to join more than 80 vendors and exhibitors in the two-day 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo.

•             Great deals on official race merchandise and running apparel, health and fitness information, giveaways and entertainment are all part of the Expo

•             Post Race Party at Military Park from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Finish Line 500 Festival 5K

(Downtown Indianapolis)

Date:     May 3, 2014; 7 a.m.

The 2014 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K takes place on May 3. Start time is slotted for 7 a.m. and will use the same start line and finish line as the Mini. The Finish Line 5K carries a strict 56-minute time limit for competition. The race begins near the Indiana State Museum and travels along Washington Street until White River Parkway and continues north to Michigan Street. Runners will take a right on Michigan Street, right on Porto Alegre Street, right  on Limestone Street, left on New York Street, left on Lansing Street, right on Beauty Street then left on New York Street to finish at Military Park. 

Runners and walkers in the 5K receive many of the same benefits as the participants in the Mini-Marathon. Benefits include: water station (pit area), entertainment along the course, a complimentary opening day ticket for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®, a 2014 Finish Line 500 Festival 5K short-sleeved technical T-shirt and access to the Post Race Party.

Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day

(Monument Circle)

Date:     May 10, 2014; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

With more than 40,000 people in attendance, Kids' Day is the state's largest free outdoor festival for children. Families can interact with local mascots, race mini cars, bounce in giant inflatable's 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. 

Everyone will leave a winner as more than 10,000 prizes will be given away throughout the day from dozens of exhibitors around Monument Circle. Come out and enjoy a family-fun-filled day, because the best part of Kids' Day is…it's FREE!

Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

(Monument Circle)

Date:     May 10, 2014; 11 p.m.

As part of the Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day, all kids ages three to 12 are invited to join in for the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. It is a non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner. The Rookie Run is a great way for kids to stay physically fit. Kids aged three to five will run a two-block course, runners aged six and seven will race a ⅕-mile course, while runners aged eight to 12 will run the ⅓-mile course. The race takes place on Ohio and Meridian streets, just north of Monument Circle. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runner's bib with the number 1 and a finisher's medal - just like the Mini-Marathon participants.

American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day  (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Date:     May 21, 2014 ; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day gives people the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway® oval. In addition to driving on the track, visitors may tour the IndyCar car transport trailers, visit Pit Lane, check out the vintage cars on display, get autographs from Pro Series drivers and past champions, plus much more. Gather your pit crew and compete to become champions in the Media Pit Stop Competition - win bragging rights for the year and money to donate to the charity of your choice. Plus, admission to Community Day includes admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum®.

IPL 500 Festival Parade

(Downtown Indianapolis)

Date:     May 24, 2014; Noon

One of the original events produced by the 500 Festival, the IPL 500 Festival Parade, has grown to be one of the signature events held in the United States each year. The 500 Festival Parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year, beginning in 1957.  Held on May 24, the eve of the Indianapolis 500®, 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation's premier parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The IPL 500 Festival Parade allows all spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats and giant helium balloons will fill the streets to celebrate the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500®. The Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network and locally on WISH-TV.

On top of the balloons and floats, the continuing tradition includes all 33 Indianapolis 500® drivers to serve as honorary grand marshals.

500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health

Indiana's fourth grade students will once again be able to learn more about the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500's® place and importance in Indiana's rich culture as the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program gears up for its eighth year. Since the inception of the program in 2004, the 500 Festival and Indianapolis Motor Speedway® have served nearly 200,000 fourth graders from throughout the state in this free program.

The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program strives to educate and foster creativity in Hoosier fourth-grade students by using the historical, social and economic significances of the 500 Festival, Indianapolis 500® and the thriving motorsports industry of Indiana in the curriculum. This program is packed with information including an Academic Standard-based curriculum, teacher materials, a video and the opportunity for an educational Study Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® in April and May! In 2014, nearly 24,000 students will participate in the Education Program, with 8,000 students attending a Study Trip at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.

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