INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of participants from 19 different countries and all 50 states crossed the finish line at the 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K. Kenya’s Panuel Mkungo won the men’s race with a time of 1:03:26 and Ivy Kibet of Kenya, won the women’s race with a time of 1:12:11.
Mkungo, 25, trains in Coon Rapids, Minn. He won the 2018 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and won Saturday’s Indy Mini by more than two minutes. Kibet, 29, trains in Colorado Springs, Colo. and just last month she won the Horsetooth Half Marathon. She won Saturday’s half marathon race by more than 3 minutes. 2019 marked the first Indy Mini for both winners.
In the wheelchair race, 24-year-old Brett Gravatt of Savoy, Ill. took home first place with a time of 51:40. Chelsea McClammer, 25, of Champaign, Ill. won the women’s race with a time of 56:08. McClammer is a two-time Paralympian, three-time Paralympic medalist, and previously won the 2016 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon women’s wheelchair race. She is also the current course record holder. Both athletes were presented with a $1,000 check from Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
Andrew Taylor, 19 of Hilliard, Ohio, won the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K men’s race with a time of 15:50. Indianapolis’ own, Anna Dolce, 22, won the women’s 5K in 19:13.
Another notable finish was Hollie Hughes and Jonah Hughes, of Pine City, NY. Hollie, who pushes her son Jonah in a racing wheelchair, finished the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in 1:22:34, a new World Record for fastest half marathon pushing a wheelchair (female).
2019 marked the 43rd running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the 15th Mini-Marathon that OneAmerica has served as title sponsor. The race was featured a unique start line experience as IndyCar driver and three time Indy 500 driver, Spencer Pigot led off Waves 2 – 5 driving the 2019 Chevy Corvette Pace Car. Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice, will perform ed“Back Home Again in Indiana” with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) before the start of the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, and the national anthem before the start of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. For full race results, visit indymini.com/miniresults.
Named one of “America’s Most Iconic Races” by Runners World and Best Half Marathon in America in the 2018 edition of The BibRave 100, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s largest half marathons (for the past 20 years). Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the race starts and finishes in downtown Indianapolis and includes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500. The flat, fast course is packed with thousands of the nicest volunteers you’ll ever meet, 16 course aid stations and nearly 100 course entertainment acts. The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser. Race registrations help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programs and events.
Register Early for the 2020 Indy Mini and Save!
Indy Mini weekend is the first and best opportunity to register for the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, which will be held on Saturday, May 2. The 500 Festival is offering a race weekend special rate for next year’s race. Now through May 8, you can register at the special $60 rate- the lowest rate that will be offered. 2020 registration will officially open in September 2019 at a higher rate and will increase as next year’s race day nears. To register for the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, visit IndyMini.com/register.
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. To register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, visit www.indymini.com/register or search #IndyMini on social media.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.