Indiana University

THE LITTLE 500

The Little 500, the largest collegiate bike race in the United States, grew out of
the effort to raise awareness for the student IU Foundation across campus. In the 1950s, Executive Director Howdy Wilcox Jr. formed the IU Student Foundation (IUSF), whose main purpose was to spread the word about the IU Foundation and increase participation. The Little 500 was organized as an event the entire student body could participate in as a whole, throughout the year, in support of the IU Foundation. Every Friday evening, open group rides take place in preparation for the races, which occur in the fall and spring. Today, over 25,000 people attend the races every year, and over $35,000 has most recently been raised for scholarships.

The 2013 Little 500 Women’s Race takes place on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m. The 2013 Little 500 Men’s Race takes place on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m..