500 Mini Marathon
Yes, there were tens of thousands of runners and walkers and wheelchair participants—but there were also dozens of fantastic signs along the route.
Ryan Gosling graced one sign held up by an Indy Mini bystander, another instant classic from the “Hey Girl” series.Read more
IM staffers Vu Luong (pictured below in the gray tank) and Jonathan Scott and intern Summer Daily all ran the Mini on May 4. Here’s their conversation—what they saw, thought, felt, relished.
Music acts and costumes, belly dancers and superheroes—the Indy Mini has it all, with runners the world over all pushing themselves to the limit on the IMS track’s 2.5 miles of splendor and sweat. Then there are the other nearly 11 miles.Read more
For these performers, the nation’s largest half marathon is just for show.
Sometimes described as a “garage band,” The Trumans play a mix of ’90s alternative, modern rock—Holloway has a special affinity for Kings of Leon—and, occasionally, pop country.Read more
In the wake of the Boston bombings, 500 Festival leaders put ramped-up measures in place.
In a message to participants on April 29, organizers wrote that “in partnership with the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, local, state, and federal agencies, [we] will be taking additional security and safety precautions … [that] may or may not be visible to event attendees.”Read more
Do as I do, and as I say.
Since I ran the inaugural Indiana University Mini-Marathon on my 25th birthday in 2006, I have been slightly obsessed with half-marathons, and road races of all distances. I have now run three Indy Minis, as well as innumerable 5-milers and 5Ks, including the 2007 Indy Mini Day’s 5K, that just three and a half months after I was in a fairly serious car wreck.Read more