IU Little 500 Weekend
Made famous by the Academy Award winning movie Breaking Away, the Little 500 is one of Indiana University's most loved traditions and is often referred to as "The World's Greatest College Weekend."
If you love bicycling, you'll want to experience this spectacle on wheels at least once in your lifetime. Join the more than 25,000 fans that flock to Bloomington each April to be a part of this storied tradition.
Little 500 riders compete in four-person teams, racing relay-style around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Just like the world-famous Indianapolis 500, which the Little 500 is modeled after, 33 teams are selected in qualifications to compete in the main race. The women's race is 100 laps (50 miles) and the men's race is 200 laps (100 miles). Throughout the year students can be seen riding the hills around Bloomington getting themselves in shape for the grueling but exhilarating annual race. True to the film that made the event famous there is always a Cutters team, but it’s not made up of locals – all competitors in the races must be current Indiana University students. You don't have to be a student to enjoy the weekend festivities; check out our weekend guide on the blog. If you need some Bloomington bike swag, check out our Btown Store.
The Little 500 began in 1951 by Howdy Wilcox, Jr. 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 undergraduate students. Learn more about the race's history here.
The 31st running of the Women’s Little 500 is Friday, April 20, 2018 at 4:00pm. The 68th running of the Men’s Little 500 is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:00pm.