Volunteers needed for new and returning 500 Festival events

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 31, 2016) – The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is fast approaching, and leading to that, the 500 Festival has a May full of events, meaning lots of opportunity to participate or volunteer.

The 500 Festival needs 7,000 volunteers for everything planned in the month of May.

Many activities are new this year; others are favorites making a return.

One new event that’s part of the mini-marathon is called the Mega Mini Challenge. For the first time, participants can run both the 5K and the mini back-to-back.

Also new this year, 2016 Olympian Meb Keflezighi is running the mini-marathon. Keflezighi will start the race in the very last position. The person who guesses correctly how many people he’ll pass during the race will win a prize from the 500 Festival.

Some favorite events making a return are the IPL 500 Festival Parade, the Chase 500 Festival Kids Day and Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run.

Organizers say they need volunteers for all events, including balloon handlers in the parade and water stations for the mini-marathon.

“We have our 40th One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon, we have our 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade and then, of course, the 100th running of the Indy 500,” said Bob Bryant with the 500 Festival. “So a lot of amazing things to be celebrating, and you can actually be out there and be a part of that.”

Another volunteer opportunity is to hand out medals after the mini-marathon. This year’s medal is a mini Borg Warner trophy, a special tribute to the 100th running of the Indy 500.

Click here to learn more about volunteering with the 500 Festival.

Click here to learn more about the 500 Festival events.