INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Less than two weeks to go before the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon and for the first time in 12 years, the 13.1 mile race has not sold out.
Organizers said registrations would stay open for both the half marathon and the 5K distance that shares part of the mini’s route up until the start of the races if necessary.
Megan Bulla, the communications manager for 500 Festival called filling the field of 35,000 a dozen years in a row a feat. Though falling short of a sellout has been a possibility, Bulla said the race’s distinction as the country’s largest half marathon would not be at risk.
“We have that title by a lot,” Bulla said. “Last year, we had a little more than 31,000 finishers and that’s what it’s based off of. It’s a yearly running tradition and people do that with family and friends. It really kicks off the month of May in Indianapolis.”
The Finish Line 500 Festival 5K steps off at 7:15 a.m. May 3. The first wave of OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon runners starts at 7:48 a.m.
WISH-TV is the broadcast home for the event. Coverage begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 3 during Daybreak.