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Registration Now Open for the 2020 Salesforce and JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

January 21, 2020

Indiana’s youngest runners, ages 3-10, invited to participate in this non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner

INDIANAPOLIS (January 21, 2020) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces that registration is now open for the 2020 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, which will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 12:30-3:00 pm in downtown Indianapolis.

All kids, ages 3-10, are invited to participate in the 2020 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, a non-competitive fun run, which is in its 26th year. Now through May 6, you can pre-register for $8, which includes a commemorative t-shirt. Or, you can register on-site on the day of the event for $5 and shirts will be available to purchase separately for $5, while supplies last. As part of the 2020 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, the Rookie Run is a great way to introduce kids to the basics of running and enjoy the excitement of a race – including a start and finish line production, a massive cheering section, a trip through runner’s services, and the occasional celebrity sighting!

“As we look toward the excitement that the month of May holds, we’re eager to provide another season of enriching events and programs,” said 500 Festival president and CEO Bob Bryant. “Each year, the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run provides kids with an exhilarating experience of their own race, all while bringing Hoosier families together to encourage physical, mental, and social health. We can’t wait to see Indiana’s smallest runners on May 9 as they take on the Rookie Run and discover how much fun fitness can be!”

The Rookie Run occurs during the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, the state’s largest free outdoor festival just for kids. The Rookie Run takes place in downtown Indianapolis, one block north of Monument Circle at Ohio and Meridian streets. Race distances are set based upon a child’s age and all participants will receive a goodie bag, a participant bib, and a finisher’s medal – just like the Indy Mini participants!

2020 Rookie Run Schedule

Age 3:             2-block course – 12:30 pm*

Age 4:             2-block course – 1:00 pm*

Ages 5-6:         1/5-mile course – 1:30 pm*

Ages 7-8:         1/3-mile course – 2:00 pm*

Ages 9-10:       1/3-mile course – 2:30 pm*

*Times are approximate, subject to change.

The Rookie Run is supported by Salesforce, JPMorgan Chase, Delta Dental, Ascension St. Vincent, MHS, Dole, WTHR Channel 13, Telemundo, B105.7, 93.9X, Radio Now 100.9, WTLC 106.7, and KLove. For more information on the Rookie Run and to register, please visit indymini.com/RookieRun or search #500RookieRun 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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster 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 $500 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.

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