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Overall Rating (28 Reviews)
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(28 Ratings)(28 Reviews)
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The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s largest half-marathons, the 14th largest road race in the United States and the 35th largest in the world! Not only does the Mini rank high in number of participants, but also in quantity of entertainment. With 100 entertainment groups and … MORE
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    jianwang2019 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Amazing crowds! The best mini experience. I absolutely enjoyed it. Ran through indy 500 car racecourse for 2 miles and you are around 8 or 9 miles into the mini MORE

    Amazing crowds! The best mini experience. I absolutely enjoyed it. Ran through indy 500 car racecourse for 2 miles and you are around 8 or 9 miles into the mini leaving indy 500 field.

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    shanep240 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a big and well populated race. It’s great running on the track and along with so many other people. Early May is a great time for a half … MORE

    This is a big and well populated race. It’s great running on the track and along with so many other people. Early May is a great time for a half marathon.

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Lots of people do this race every year. It’s a fun celebration and is really great when the weather is nice. Love running on the track and over the bricks. … MORE

    Lots of people do this race every year. It’s a fun celebration and is really great when the weather is nice. Love running on the track and over the bricks.

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great weather. Running on the track is the best part. Lots of people every year. Hurt my knee this year but otherwise this is always a fun time. MORE

    Great weather. Running on the track is the best part. Lots of people every year. Hurt my knee this year but otherwise this is always a fun time.

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    shanep240 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Nice swag every year and the race is well organized. Lots of people. Running on the track is great. It rained this year which was a bummer but still was … MORE

    Nice swag every year and the race is well organized. Lots of people. Running on the track is great. It rained this year which was a bummer but still was fun.

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    nbaileym33 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Indy Mini is the Biggest Half. However if you send in your time and get a good Corral you hardly notice. The Expo is AMAZING!! Vip is worth it!! … MORE

    The Indy Mini is the Biggest Half. However if you send in your time and get a good Corral you hardly notice. The Expo is AMAZING!! Vip is worth it!! The course is flat and fast. Plenty of entertainment on the course. The medal was really cool. My only complaint is I feel the race organizers are a little sexist towards women so will not be back. Never heard back with my complaint. Plenty if Bathrooms or Access.

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    Coop FIRST-TIMER '19

    Get ready for plenty of water stops. they take care of that. Couple of sketchy hoods. plenty of local support even in the rain. medals and shirts were nice. rain … MORE

    Get ready for plenty of water stops. they take care of that. Couple of sketchy hoods. plenty of local support even in the rain. medals and shirts were nice. rain rain and more rain for the 5K and the half. all and all it was worth the drive.

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    apyang FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race has so many participants (about 20,000) that they have multiple corrals, each with several waves. This worked out very well. The race is very flat, and unfortunately, the … MORE

    This race has so many participants (about 20,000) that they have multiple corrals, each with several waves. This worked out very well. The race is very flat, and unfortunately, the scenery is not very interesting except for the one lap (2.5 miles) around the Indianopolis Motor Speedway.

    There were lots of volunteers (standing in the rain) cheering us on, and handing out water and electrolytes and the many aid stations.

    The swag included a medal (which had a map of the course on the back), a long sleeve tech shirt and a tech hat. Very nice!

    If I lived within driving distance, I would definitely run this every year; even though I live in California, I plan on running it again someday (and hopefully it won’t rain!)

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    trose1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Absolutely huge half marathon race. Very well organized production from start to finish. Excellent course, great support, lots of crowds to cheer you on. Throw in a lap around the … MORE

    Absolutely huge half marathon race. Very well organized production from start to finish. Excellent course, great support, lots of crowds to cheer you on. Throw in a lap around the Indianapolis Speedway to kiss the bricks and you have a great race!

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    roisaac FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was good. The race track was the best part, although because it rained the whole time the wind got to you the most at the track. The finisher … MORE

    The course was good. The race track was the best part, although because it rained the whole time the wind got to you the most at the track. The finisher medals were sweet. I did the greatest Spectacle challenge and it was worth it! Nice shirts too. Since it was raining I didn’t stay for the after party at all but it seemed like it would have been fun. I highly recommend this race. The course is also flat too.

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    elladams REPEAT RUNNER '19

    For being the largest race in the state and one of the largest half-marathons in the country, it doesn't feel that way. The corrals are set up and are mostly-monitored … MORE

    For being the largest race in the state and one of the largest half-marathons in the country, it doesn’t feel that way. The corrals are set up and are mostly-monitored so those from later corrals don’t jump in with earlier ones … however I started in the 2nd wave with the I corral and I saw some participants right off the bat who should have been in the 3rd or 4th wave. No matter – for the number of people participating (30,000), the course was going to be fairly crowded at the start anyway. PLENTY of water stops, or “pit stops” as we like to call them in Indianapolis in May, lots of crowd support – even with the steady rain throughout the race. This is my 3rd year running it and I’ve already registered for next year. The medal always has something to do with the Indianapolis 500 and being able to run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is exciting for this Hoosier-girl. The race swag also includes a running hat and a long-sleeve tech shirt – virtual swag bag consists of coupons to other races and local businesses only (not applicable to runners like me who don’t live in the metro Indianapolis area).

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    Tobycarrig FIRST-TIMER '19

    With thousands of people in the field, it would be easy to feel like just one of the masses, but this half marathon is "an event," and one that is … MORE

    With thousands of people in the field, it would be easy to feel like just one of the masses, but this half marathon is “an event,” and one that is worthy of the crowd it draws.
    I only made it in for the end of the Friday night race expo but it is large, with vendors offering a variety of products for sale and for free (Got a free shirt and two nice gear bags). I missed one of presentations I wanted to see but there were event information booths and plenty of volunteers.
    The expo takes place in the convention center, attached to many Marriott brand hotels, so it makes for a nice atmosphere with thousands of runners milling about.
    The swag is OK with the tech shirt. They sell a ton of other merchandise (and it looks like the year-old stuff is offered on deep discount with all the communication they send out, which reduces my incentive to buy this year.)
    My hotel room overlooked the starting area, and I watched the pre-race festivities for the 5K on local TV while watching the runners gather in the street below.
    The starting area is well-organized with corrals. There is plenty of support and event information.
    The course itself is very easy, largely flat. The biggest incline was entering the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of a downhill/uphill combo. There was another slight incline in mile 12 onto the bridge over the White River. Otherwise, nothing notable in terms of hills. This could be a great course for PRs if you can get a clear path and the right weather conditions (which was the case in 2019 with mid-50s and light drizzle).
    Chip-timed, of course, with splits for every 5k included in the results. On course, each mile marker has a clock corresponding to the gun time, which is a nice feature.
    I expected it to be crowded, and it was, but it wasn’t too tight so as to be frustrating. I anticipated a conservative first few miles navigating people and while that was part of it, the pack kept moving and there was always a path for passing. There are probably some newcomers in the field, so you will see people stopping without signaling or walking in the middle of the flow. But, as mentioned, this is an event, so many are taking in the spectacle of running on the speedway, listening to the entertainment, and just enjoying the camaraderie of running.
    Other than the beginning, the tightest part of the course seems to be Main Street in Speedway, which also is a stretch with a lot of spectator support.
    The speedway itself is so large, it takes a bit to realize you are running inside of a sports stadium, but it is cool. There are several cheerleading groups along the oval, the sixth mile paying tribute to those who died in military service is moving to the point of putting a lump in your throat, and just the venue size is impressive. While I am a sports fan, I had never been to the speedway, and that was part of the attraction of the event for me, and it was worth it. The scenery grade is largely for that.
    I am still a newcomer to this distance, and at some point in the races I question whether I really enjoy running 13.1 miles. This race has enough going on between the speedway, the bands, DJs, cheerleaders and spectators lining the course, and just people who came out of their houses and cheered that those thoughts never crossed my mind.
    You will always have dozens of people around you to run with and pass, if those things help keep you going.
    The finish area is well-organized with a half-block walk-through to get water, the medal, a banana, Clif bar, pretzels, Gatorade, a cookie, post-race photos.
    The medal is neat, with a race car graphic on the front and the course map etched in the back side.
    I was looking forward to the post-race party, but while the weather was great for running, it was not great for standing outside in wet clothes after running.
    If the schedule allows, I would likely run again next year.

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    jianwang2019 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race is amazing! The course runs through Indy 500 race field - it is really a rare opportunity to run at the racing car field. Spectators lined along the … MORE

    This race is amazing! The course runs through Indy 500 race field – it is really a rare opportunity to run at the racing car field. Spectators lined along the entire course cheering. I love it.

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    This race is well organized and I was very impressed with the whole race. I was in awe at the Indy 500 track and being able to run around the … MORE

    This race is well organized and I was very impressed with the whole race. I was in awe at the Indy 500 track and being able to run around the famous track.

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    JoyceS FIRST-TIMER '18

    If you love the Indy 500 and crowds, this is a great race. Very well organized and you run the Speedway. For me, too many people and being slow meant … MORE

    If you love the Indy 500 and crowds, this is a great race. Very well organized and you run the Speedway. For me, too many people and being slow meant running through the water stop and gel refuse of the 15,000 ahead of me. Other than the Speedway, not scenic. The far back corrals can’t hear or see the front festivities at the start. Overall It is a classic race and definite worth doing. I just prefer smaller more scenic races.

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    sjuris1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was on my bucket list of half marathons, given that it was one of the bigger ones in the country and drivable. The race organizers and crowds didn't disappoint! … MORE

    This was on my bucket list of half marathons, given that it was one of the bigger ones in the country and drivable. The race organizers and crowds didn’t disappoint! There were crowds along the track everywhere you would expect – about the only two places was the first head out of downtown (the first mile wasn’t really conducive for spectating) and in the speedway (which was INCREDIBLE to run in – what an experience!). While I have other bucket list races, I can imagine doing this one again!

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    runnercupcake FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race is the kickoff event for the Indy 500 that occurs annually at the end of may. Included was a lap (2.5 miles) around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That lap … MORE

    Race is the kickoff event for the Indy 500 that occurs annually at the end of may. Included was a lap (2.5 miles) around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That lap was exciting & emotional. It included a Gold Mile which honors & remembers fallen service members from Indiana. I had a lump in my throat while slowing down to look at each member’s bio picture. It was a very touching way to remember their sacrifices they made to this country & their family.

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    yellowankh FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved running the Indy 500 track! Some many entertainment groups along the course. A lot of water/Gatorade stops. I recommend the 16.2 Challenge. MORE

    I loved running the Indy 500 track! Some many entertainment groups along the course. A lot of water/Gatorade stops. I recommend the 16.2 Challenge.

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The expo on Friday had a great panel discussion with living legends of running kicked off by an inspirational speech from a special Olympic athlete who was also a multiple … MORE

    The expo on Friday had a great panel discussion with living legends of running kicked off by an inspirational speech from a special Olympic athlete who was also a multiple Boston qualifier. The one hour, early morning event proved worthy of our needing to wake up at 3am in order to drive and get there on time. There are several large hotels near the convention center and race starting corrals so don’t feel it’s imperative to stay at the JW Marriott.

    The expo had a good selection of merchandise. There were opportunities for some fun photo opps too like with an Indy car or the special ambassadors. They give out a nice hat too. Apparently the hats are an annual thing. They were not in the bin pickup bag, so look for them as your entering the expo. I had my hat signed by Frank Shorter.

    Down the street about three blocks from the convention center we found a Noodles & Company and some other less expensive places to eat near a mall that had a souvenir shop on the third floor.

    Race day start was VERY well organized. I was in a preferred corral and my friends were back in O. I think the corrals went from A to Z because they were not overly crowded. When the gun went off you could actually start running on a four lane road without being boxed in. As a matter of fact, I started mid way in corral D and was only 58 seconds different between gun and clock time.

    The course is flat and fast with a lot of community support. I think they had entertainment of some kind about every half mile. Bands, dj’s, belly dancers, tap dancers, you name it and they likely had it. Water stops are marker, manned on both sides and stretched really far so that no one has to run into someone to get a drink.

    Entering the iconic speedway and running the track was the highlight. The first mile was flanked with memorials to fallen soldiers post 9-11 which was quite moving. After about two miles near the tower you can stop to kiss the bricks embedded in the track. Marathon photo is there taking pics but runners were all friendly and offering to take each other’s pictures too.

    The finisher festival is open to non-runners and had a live band, food trucks and more phot opportunities. We all had a great experience and can see why Indymini is one of the most popular races in the nation..

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    d.dencklau REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Mini was my first half in 2012 and I swore I'd never run it again. Living less than an hour from Indy, I gave it a try again in … MORE

    The Mini was my first half in 2012 and I swore I’d never run it again. Living less than an hour from Indy, I gave it a try again in 2017.

    Pros:
    -Huge crowds of runners make for a lot of energy and fun at the start and throughout the race.
    -Race staff & Indianapolis really goes all out. From welcome signs in the airport to the expo to volunteers in the lobby’s of most major hotels to direct people
    -Always a nice medal
    -Running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Also a can be a con, see below)
    -Lots of support on course from spectators and bands; volunteers are GREAT
    -Fun partnership with Meb Keflezghi for the past couple of years and again for 2018.
    -Fast runners can get an additional medal for being in the top 500

    Cons:
    -Many parts of the course are not particularly scenic; especially after leaving the track
    -The track itself seems so long and monotonous after the initial excitement wears off
    -Start and water stops can be CROWDED. The race does a nice job trying to mitigate this issues with crowding, but if you are someone who doesn’t like crowds, this isn’t the race for you.
    -I’ve also done the 5K a few times, and while the medals are always nice, the shirts are really hit or miss. They are gender specific though which is nice!

    Bottom Line: The Mini kicks off a month long festival leading up to the Indianapolis 500. It can be a lot of fun. It can also be overwhelming.

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