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OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

A row of runners
Mini-marathon runners reaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018.

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.[1] As of the 37th running in 2013, it had sold out the entire running field of 35,000 for twelve consecutive years.[2]

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 Delta Dental 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 of May at Indy.

The 13.1-mile (21.1 km) course currently starts in downtown Indianapolis, includes city streets then heads west toward Speedway. It includes 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 4, 2019.

The men's record for the Mini is 1:01:52 set by Nelson Oyugi in 2014. The women's record was set in 2010 by Janet Cherobon with a time of 1:10:59.

From 1994–2004 it was known as the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

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Selected historyEdit

2008Edit

The race resulted in the closest finish ever in the history of the event: a tie.[3] 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.

2011Edit

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.

Past winnersEdit

  Course record

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[4]   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
May 2, 2015   Elisa Barno (KEN) 1:02:31   Sarah Kiptoo (KEN) 1:13:09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Largest Races". Running USA. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  2. ^ "OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Sells Out for 12th Consecutive Year". 500Festival.com. 2013-04-01. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "2008 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon sells out with 35,000 entries". Microchips record closest finish ever in Mini. 2008-05-03. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  4. ^ Woods, David (5 May 2012). "500 Mini-Marathon: Kenyan is 1st finisher; officials issue yellow flag". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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