43rd Mini-Marathon bringing new additions

A photo of the medals for the 2019 One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon (Photo: 500 Festival)
Mini-Marathon by the numbers
New things at the 43rd running of the Mini-Marathon
Indy Mini's Gold Mile

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Runners will take the start line for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Saturday — one of the nation's largest half marathons. In its 43rd year, the Mini is quickly approaching the half-century mark, but unlike most 40-somethings, it doesn't appear to be slowing down.

Some of the new and exciting things you can expect downtown on Saturday morning include IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot leading off the different waves of the Mini-Marathon in a Corvette pace car, "The Voice" champ Josh Kaufman performing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" and the National Anthem, redesigned redesigned start and finish line structures, and wine in a can. Yes, you read that right.

The coolest addition to the Mini-Marathon has to be the "Gold Mile Bib." On Friday at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, you can get a special runner's bib and write the name of a fallen serviceman or woman to whom you’d like to dedicate your Mini journey. If you don't have a personal connection to anyone in the military, the 500 Festival has partnered with Survivor Outreach to provide Gold Mile Bibs already filled out with the names of fallen Hoosier servicemen and women.

For those of you who want video proof that you actually made it through the 13.1 miles, WTHR will be broadcasting the finish line of the Mini-Marathon on live TV and streaming on our website, news app and Facebook page.

Mini-Marathon by-the-numbers:

  • Oldest 2019 Mini-Marathon participant: 83
  • Youngest 2019 Mini-Marathon participant: 7
  • Number of people who have participated in every Mini-Marathon to date: 7. When they cross the finish line May 4, they will have completed 563.3 miles of Indy Mini during their lifetimes.
  • Number of countries represented in the 2019 Mini-Marathon: 18
  • Number of U.S. states represented in the 2019 Mini-Marathon: 50

If you're still interested in participating in the race, it's not too late to register. Registration for Mini-Marathon and the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K will remain open through Friday. The only way you can register for these events is in person Friday at the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo. It's in halls J and K at the Indiana Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

It's also not too early to register for the 2020 Mini-Marathon and 5K. At Friday's Mini-Marathon Expo, you can register for next year's races at a special $60 Expo rate. Registration will reopen in September at a higher price.

Now to that wine in a can. After you cross the finish line, you can enjoy some "Finish Wine," a custom rosé that will be served at the Post Race Party in Military Park. Nothing says refreshment after a grueling 13.1-mile run like wine in a can. "The Finish Wine" is described as a sweet, refreshing rosé with wild strawberry and fruit flavors and a subtle effervescent finish. Really.

History shows adult beverages are a popular post-race choice for many participants, so the wine in a case may turn out to be a huge hit.

Don't forget, you can catch all of the excitement of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon LIVE on WTHR Channel 13 starting at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.