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Mini-Marathon = Monster Traffic

Drivers beware: the Mini-Marathon returns this weekend

Photo Credit:  Michael Hickey / Getty Images

Hey, it’s May! With the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 comes the world class One America Mini-Marathon. The race is followed by an afterparty in Military Park (north of Indiana State Museum, by IUPUI), featuring the most physically defined, sweatiest human specimens the Circle City has to offer.

That probably convinced you sign up - and I’d be there if I didn’t have to, you know, run the race - and you can still register at the 2018 500 Festival Expo at the Indiana Convention Center. Hours are Thursday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, and Friday from 10:00am - 9:00pm.

It’s really an awesome course. You’ll head out past the White River and make your way to the Indiana Motor Speedway. Once you hit the brickyard, you can break off your run and give the bricks a big ole’ smootch (first date kiss is the sanitary way to go).

mini map

(Photo Credit: Mini-Marathon 500 Festival)

This is a great event, but getting around downtown and Speedway will be something nightmares are made of. For downtown, street closures begin Friday evening and end Saturday afternoon. Check it out:

downtown street closures

(Photo Credit: Mini-Marathon 500 Festival)

Green - Closures beginning Friday night at 6:00pm and end Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm:

  • Blackford St. - from Vermont St. to Wabash St.
  • California St. - from Michigan St. to New York St.
  • Ohio St. - from West St. to Senate Ave.
  • Robert Orr Plaza - from West St. to Senate Ave.


Red - Closures beginning Saturday morning at 1:00am and end Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm:

  • New York St. - from West St. to Senate Ave.
  • West St. (both directions) - from Michigan St. to Washington St.


Light Blue - Closures beginning Saturday morning at 3:00am and end Saturday morning at 9:45am

  • Capitol Ave. - from Ohio St. to Maryland St.
  • Illinois St. - from Ohio St. to Maryland St.
  • Missouri St. - from Washington St. to Maryland St.
  • Senate Ave. - from New York St. to Maryland St.
  • Washington St. - from Illinois St. past the JW Marriot.
  • West St. - from Washington St. to Maryland St.


Brown - Closures beginning Saturday morning from 7:00am to 9:15am.

  • Washington St. - from the JW Marriot to N. White River Pkwy.


Speedway will also shut down several streets for the duration of the race. Behold:

Speedway Closures

Matt Bair isn't a professional runner, but he sure is out of shape. He's the new voice of Indianapolis traffic, and can be followed on Twitter @WIBCTraffic. Tips? Call direct at (317) 684-8134 or the 93 WIBC Newsroom at (317) 637-6397.

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