500 Festival

Indy 500 revels in tradition, embraces changes

May 23, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The hallowed race is straddling a fine line as it tries to please longtime devotees and makes a raft of upgrades to the track and viewing experience designed to secure new fans.
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500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.
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500 Festival Mini-Marathon preps for storms, winds

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon have taken extra steps to keep participants and spectators safe if the weather turns dangerous on Saturday.
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WISH turns Mini Marathon into made-for-TV dramaRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
About 65,000 central Indiana households representing more than 115,000 viewers are expected to tune in to the 3-1/2-hour WISH-TV Channel 8 broadcast of the nation's largest half marathon.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2011 Field Guide to 500 Festival celebrity spotting

May 21, 2011
Lou Harry
Even if most of them aren’t showing off any talent beyond waving from a car on the parade route, there’s no denying that celebrities visiting Indy for the 500 add a kick to the month of May. Of course, one person’s celebrity is another’s “Who’s that?”
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BENNER: Speedway's centennial becomes a crossroadsRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Bill Benner
Just two years ago, the future seemed as bright for the Indy Racing League. But that was then. This is now.
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Finish Line extends 500 Festival relationship

July 29, 2009
Indianapolis-based Finish Line Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to extend its title sponsorship of the 500 Festival's 5K race held each May, officials announced today.
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500 Festival retools after growth spurtRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
May is show time for 500 Festival Inc., and the local not-for-profit should have more than enough gas in its tank to cross the 2008 finish line. In the past five years, it has doubled its budget, improved attendance--and quality--at its signature parade, and continued to grow the nation's largest half-marathon. But once the checkered flag flies, festival leaders will sit down to consider whether they can maintain that pace without losing focus.
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