500 Forward

The Greatest Community in Racing

Formed as a natural evolution of the 100th Running Host Committee, 500 Forward is a collaborative community effort to elevate and extend celebrations surrounding the Indianapolis 500, consisting of 13 partner organizations paired with IMS to execute programming and events that celebrate the Greatest Month in Racing and drive the Indianapolis 500 into the next 100 years and beyond.

Organizations participating in 500 Forward include the 500 Festival, Arts Council of Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, Hamilton County Tourism, Harrison Center for the Arts, IMS Museum, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Airport Authority, IndyHub, IndyCog, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Visit Indy.

Thanks to the Greatest Fans in Racing

Dear Community Partners,
What can I say other than THANK YOU for making the 101st Running truly special. Indianapolis is without a doubt the Greatest City in Racing thanks to partners, leaders and passionate supporters like each of you – and this was evident to anyone who spent time in the city during the Month of May. 

Visitors from around the globe were welcomed with a bold greeting from the moment they touched down at Indianapolis International Airport– Welcome to the Greatest City in Racing. From there we surely did not disappoint. Whether hailing a taxi decked out in checkered flags, receiving a “Welcome Race Fans” gift at hotel check-in, traveling along streets named after drivers, or being wowed by the spectacular 101st Running décor while exploring downtown – we left little room to question our claim as the Greatest City In Racing. 

But as we all know, the Indy community is what really puts us over the top. Together we celebrated in countless ways throughout the month with activations all throughout Downtown and Speedway – from Georgia Street to Main Street. Indy residents even brought the celebrations into their own homes by collectively hosting hundreds of Indy 500 Porch Parties and lining front yards across the city with checkered flags and banners. And the new “500 Fashion Fridays” tradition encouraged everyone to express their love for the race in a very personal way, while also unifying around our collective pride for the Month of May. 

Ask any driver, any team member, any race fan. There is something different about this race. And I believe one of the reasons it’s different is because of the community that surrounds it. So thank you to everyone who threw a porch party, waved a checkered flag, dressed in your finest black and white fashion, or participated in any other celebration during the Month of May. Each of you makes Indianapolis the Greatest City in Racing. 

Thank you for embracing this great race, year after year. 

Let’s do it all again!

Until then,

Allison Melangton

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