500 Festival Seeks Entertainment Groups to Perform at Mini-Marathon

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500 Festival Seeks Entertainment Groups to Perform at Mini-Marathon


The 500 Festival announces registration is open for Course Entertainment at the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Selected groups will perform for a crowd of 20,000+ participants, volunteers, and spectators along the 13.1-mile course on May 6, 2023. Musicians, dance groups, bands, and family-friendly entertainers of all genres are encouraged to apply at IndyMini.com/entertainment.

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is an exclusive opportunity for entertainment groups to perform in front of thousands and participate in the Month of May celebrations. Each year, participants from all 50 states and 15+ countries participate in the Mini-Marathon, named one of America’s Most Iconic Half Marathons. Entertainment groups will pack the course, providing energy and excitement every step of the way. Selected entertainment acts will receive a wide variety of perks, including Indianapolis 500 practice tickets, group recognition, and the unforgettable experience of inspiring thousands of participants.

Course entertainment groups have a significant impact on the event experience for participants. Participants cite course entertainment and the uplifting energy it brings as one of the top reasons they return to the race year after year. Bands, dance groups, musicians, and family-friendly groups are all encouraged to apply!

“One of my favorite aspects of the Indy Mini is the amazingly talented, diverse, and lively lineup of the course entertainers who bring good vibes and much needed motivation,” said 2022 Mini-Marathon participant Derek Savick-Hesser. “Running is truly a team sport, and I can’t wait to dance along with those entertainers who choose to join our Indy Mini team this year!”

Benefits for 2023 Course Entertainers include:

  • Unforgettable experience to inspire tens of thousands
  • Group name and booking information listed on IndyMini.com
  • Group signage displayed at performance location
  • Group recognition listed on the 2023 Participant Guide webpage
  • Commemorative shirt*
  • Certificate of participation
  • Tickets to an Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
  • Social media contest – The winning group will be featured in a Facebook post on both the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 500 Festival page, as well as a blog post on IndyMini.com

The 2023 Course Entertainment application deadline is April 1, 2023*. To learn more about Course Entertainment or to apply, click here.

*Entertainment groups must register by March 15 to be guaranteed to receive a commemorative shirt

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is sponsored by OneAmerica, Delta Dental, Franciscan Health, and Meijer. The Mini-Marathon will be broadcast to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13.