Little 500

Welcome, Race Fans!

The 2021 Little 500 Races have been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The 33rd running of the women’s race will take place at 12:00 p.m., and the 70th running of the men’s race will take place at 4:00 p.m. Little 500 Weekend will not occur April 23 and 24, 2021, as previously planned. There will be no Qualifications event.

IU Student Foundation (IUSF) worked with Indiana University’s (IU) administration, the IU Medical Response Team, and the Monroe County Health Department to develop a plan that would allow for the time-honored tradition to take place in 2021. Only essential, credentialed volunteers and riders will be able to enter Bill Armstrong Stadium, and spectators will not be allowed. Fans are encouraged to watch the races via livestream here. Details about Spring Series Events and additional expectations of riding in the May races are forthcoming. 

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Virtual Little 500 Series

While teams of IU Bloomington students will race around the quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium on May 26, fans off the track have an option to participate as well. This year, the IU Student Foundation, in partnership with Project Echelon Racing, the Echelon Racing League, and The Media School at IU, will offer a Virtual Little 500 Series.  

The Virtual Little 500 Series will take place over two days with a 20-lap time trial at 10:00 a.m. May 22 and then women's and men's races May 23. To participate in the virtual race, riders will need to register by 5:00 p.m. on May 20 and will need to have a bike, a smart trainer, Bluetooth-enabled power meter or Bluetooth-enabled speed and cadence sensor, a mobile device, and a tablet or computer. Echelon Racing Promotions will provide additional guidelines for testing riders' set-up, practice and event participation.

Registered riders can participate in optional practice rides, which are 20- and 30-mile training routes. The optional 20-lap time trial will be 5 total miles: 20 laps around a virtual quarter-mile track. During the virtual race itself, riders will have a video-game-like experience, with each rider having an avatar that will appear on screen and move the rider along based on how they're performing in the race compared to other riders. The virtual race will take participants on a classic 45-mile loop around Bloomington through the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, a favorite Little 500 rider training route. 

Viewers can tune in to watch both the Virtual Little 500 Series and the Little 500 race itself at broadcast.iu.edu free of charge.

Sponsor Little 500

Be part of the tradition by becoming a corporate sponsor of the Little 500. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Director of Operations Beth Miller at bmartz@indiana.edu.