The Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon
This year's event, which is sponsored by One America insurance team, will host entrants in 49 states and 8 countries. The 2010 event has sold out for the ninth consecutive year with 35,000 entrants. Nevertheless, audiences and fans are welcome to attend this free event, which includes the 500 Festival Mini Marathon Expo held on May 6th and 7th in the Indianapolis Convention Center in addition to the post race celebration, held in Military Park at the corner of New York and West Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The marathon will commence. The 5k will start from the exact same starting line as the mini marathon, but participants will be needed to finish within 56 minutes in order to make room for the main event, which begins promptly at 7:30 A.M. for wheel chair entrants and 7:33 A.M. for runners and walkers.
This mini marathon that is world famous actually draws a bigger audience. It'll be televised locally by WISH TV Channel 8 beginning at 6:30 A.M.. The miniature begins at the intersection of Washington St. and West Street, then meanders through downtown streets supporting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, circles the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway track before returning downtown into the finish line at New York and Blackford roads.
Over a hundred bands, cheer groups, disc jockeys and dancing troupes will provide entertainment for the participants and spectators of this event. Beverages and food will also be available at various sites together with the event.
Curbside parking is free on weekends , although some roads will be closed to accommodate the competitors. Early-birds may be able to get around the requirement for parking in a few of many commercial parking garages. More than 90 thousand people are expected for this years event.