OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, which takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the largest half marathon in the United States, and the seventh-largest running event in America. As of the 37th running in 2013, it had sold out the entire running field of 35,000 for twelve consecutive years.
Commonly known as "The Mini," it attracts runners and spectators from all over the United States and the entire world. In 2011, participants came from all fifty states and nine countries. The race includes a men’s and women’s running division, as well as men's and women's wheelchair entries. The Finish Line 500 Festival 5K, a shorter version of the Mini utilizing the same start and finish lines, runs the same day.
The Mini-Marathon began in 1977 and became an official 500 Festival event in 1979. The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation. The Mini-Marathon is one of the first events of the month-long celebration, running the day before IndyCar Series practice opens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 13.1-mile (21.1 km) course currently starts in downtown Indianapolis, includes city streets and a full loop around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then returns to finish in the downtown area. From 1977-1992, the race was held the Friday before the Indianapolis 500 (part of Memorial Day weekend). Starting in 1993, the race was moved to the first (or sometimes second) weekend in May. The latest race was held on May 2, 2015.
From 1994–2004 it was known as the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.
The race resulted in the closest finish ever in the history of the event: a tie. Two Kenyan runners, Lamech Mokono and Valentine Orare, were declared co-winners, extending the streak of Kenyan victories to 13. In the women’s race, defending champ Janet Cherobon made it two wins in a row. Tony Iniguez became a three-time champ in the wheelchair division.
The 2011 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon took place Saturday May 7, 2011. A pair of newcomers brought home the men’s and women’s titles in the 2011 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis. Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi took the men’s race, winning in 1:02.45, while Everlyne Lagat of Kenya captured the women’s race with a time of 1:11:29, snapping the four-year win streak of fellow Kenyan Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, who took second. Adam Bleakney of Champaign, Ill., took advantage of the ideal conditions to win the wheelchair race with a blistering time of: 49.18. The 2006 winner of the same race, Bleakney, a member of the 2008 U.S. Paralympics teams, was competing in Indianapolis for the first time since his previous win.
|Date||Men's winner||Time||Women's winner||Time|
|May 27, 1977||Frank Shorter (USA)||1:03:56||Mary Clifford||1:31:22|
|May 26, 1978||Bill Rodgers (USA)||1:03:00||Miki Gorman (USA)||1:20:56|
|May 25, 1979||Dean Behrmann||1:09:17||Penny DeMoss||1:28:40|
|May 23, 1980||Eric Wood||1:08:55||Shirley Kay Durtschi||1:19:58|
|May 22, 1981||John Roscoe||1:06:20||Candy Wojcik||1:28:30|
|May 28, 1982||Greg Van Winkle||1:07:15||Marilyn Reinhardt||1:23:51|
|May 27, 1983||Gary Romesser||1:05:52||Marilyn Reinhardt||1:23:55|
|May 25, 1984||Gary Romesser||1:09:11||Diane Bussa||1:18:59|
|May 24, 1985||Gary Romesser||1:07:06||Lori Veal||1:19:20|
|May 23, 1986||John Wellerding||1:05:48||Karen McQuilken||1:18:02|
|May 22, 1987||James Nolan||1:08:12||Karen McQuilken||1:19:32|
|May 27, 1988||Gary Romesser||1:08:33||Laura Didion||1:20:27|
|May 26, 1989||Don Johns||1:07:31||Judy Bogenschutz||1:17:59|
|May 25, 1990||Keith Hanson||1:04:13||Ruth Ozmun||1:18:17|
|May 24, 1991||Gary Romesser||1:08:24||Chris Cooper||1:21:17|
|May 22, 1992||Andy Herr||1:07:44||Becky Reinhold||1:20:30|
|May 7, 1993||Joseph Keino (KEN)||1:03:10||Trina Painter (USA)||1:12:19|
|May 7, 1994||John Kipkoskei (KEN)||1:03:14||Roseli Machado (BRA)||1:13:42|
|May 6, 1995||Rolando Vera (ECU)||1:02:07||Tatyana Pozdnyakova (UKR)||1:13:35|
|May 4, 1996||Andrew Masai (KEN)||1:02:57||Valentina Yegorova (RUS)||1:13:00|
|May 3, 1997||Patrick Kiptum (KEN)||1:01:56||Valentina Yegorova (RUS)||1:13:50|
|May 2, 1998||Joseph Kariuki (KEN)||1:02:32||Selina Chirchir (KEN)||1:14:32|
|May 1, 1999||Daniel Kihara (KEN)||1:03:48||Lyudmila Petrova (RUS)||1:14:12|
|May 6, 2000||Philip Kemei (KEN)||1:04:19||Lidiya Grigoryeva (RUS)||1:12:23|
|May 5, 2001||Simon Rono (KEN)||1:02:36||Yelena Paramonova (RUS)||1:11:36|
|May 4, 2002||Gabriel Muchiri (KEN)||1:01:54||Jackline Torori (KEN)||1:15:14|
|May 3, 2003||Joseph Kariuki (KEN)||1:03:43||Albina Ivanova (RUS)||1:11:24|
|May 8, 2004||Reuben Chebii (KEN)||1:04:56||Albina Ivanova (RUS)||1:12:36|
|May 7, 2005||Wesley Ochoro (KEN)||1:03:31||Albina Ivanova (RUS)||1:13:35|
|May 6, 2006||Ben Kimondiu (KEN)||1:03:22||Lucie Mays-Sulewski||1:19:12|
|May 5, 2007||Joseph Chirlee (KEN)||1:04:00||Janet Cherobon (KEN)||1:16:00|
|May 3, 2008|| Lamech Mokono (KEN)
Valentine Orare (KEN)
|1:02:53||Janet Cherobon (KEN)||1:14:53|
|May 2, 2009||Festus Langat (KEN)||1:03:55||Janet Cherobon (KEN)||1:12:22|
|May 8, 2010||Festus Langat (KEN)||1:02:51||Janet Cherobon (KEN)||1:10:59|
|May 7, 2011||Ridouane Harroufi (MAR)||1:02:46||Everlyne Lagat (KEN)||1:11:29|
|May 5, 2012||George Towett (KEN)||1:05:08||Lilian Mariita (KEN)||1:15:23|
|May 4, 2013||Alene Reta (ETH)||1:03:58||Sarah Kiptoo (KEN)||1:12:26|
|May 3, 2014||Nelson Oyugi (KEN)||1:01:53||Lilian Mariita (KEN)||1:12:04|
Mini-Marathon Alumni Club
Fourteen athletes have participated in the Mini every year of its existence. Those runners are:
- Jerry Bates
- Eugene Lausch
- Michael Vollmer
- Bil Carter
- Leonard Outcalt
- John Webb
- Terry Hannigan
- Lee Perkinson
- Melvin White
- John Hostetter
- Bill Wilham
- Alva Such
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- Woods, David (5 May 2012). "500 Mini-Marathon: Kenyan is 1st finisher; officials issue yellow flag". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 6 May 2012.