IU Little 500 Weekend

  • Armstrong Stadium
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 855-9152

Made famous in the classic 70's bicycling movie Breaking Away, the Little 500 Bicycle Race has been called the greatest collegiate weekend in the country, and it's certainly one of Indiana University's most loved traditions. If you love bicycling, you'll want to experience this spectacle on wheels at least once! Join the more than 25,000 fans that flock to Bloomington each April to be a part of this storied tradition.  

Highlights of the event each year include the miss-n-out and the men's and women's races, featuring some of IU's best cyclists. Modeled after the nearby Indianapolis 500 race in May, Little 500 riders compete in four-person teams, racing around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The men's race is 200 laps (50 miles) and the women's race is 100 laps (25 miles). Students can be seen riding the hills around Bloomington throughout the year, getting in condition for the annual race. True to the film, there is always a team called The Cutters, but it's not made up of locals - all competitors in the race must be current Indiana University students.

The Little 500 began in 1951 as a way to raise scholarship money for students working their way through college. Since that first race, the Indiana University Student Foundation, which sponsors the event, has given away more than $1 million to deserving undergrad students. The Little 500 race is held each year in mid-April - see the Calendar of Events for this year's dates.