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Mini-Marathon, Speedway review security after Boston blasts

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The Indianapolis 500 and 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will review security procedures for their events after two explosions Monday ripped through Boston Marathon runners and spectators, officials said.

The 13.1-mile mini-marathon scheduled for May 4 attracts 35,000 runners from across the world and thousands of spectators, three weeks before the Indianapolis 500 will draw more than 200,000 fans carrying coolers and other belongings into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis Metro police and the city's Department of Homeland Security already had in place a plan for the mini-marathon that includes sweeping cars and areas with explosive-detecting dogs.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Indianapolis would learn from Boston about what precautions worked and what did not.

"If we see that we have any weaknesses in our plan. We will make changes. I'm certain we will make some kid of changes because of heightened security and because this is in such close proximity to our events in the city," Riggs said.

The Boston blasts killed at least three people and injured more than 100 others.

About 280 runners from Indiana were registered to compete in the Boston Marathon.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said Indiana residents having trouble contacting family in Boston can call 617-635-4500. The agency urged people not to call the number unless there was trouble making contact.

Megan Bulla, spokeswoman for the 500 Festival and the mini-marathon, said organizers there also were monitoring events in Boston.

"We will definitely be on heightened awareness giving what's going on," she said.

The Indiana Pacers released a statement saying everyone in the team's travel party was accounted for. The team was in Boston for a game scheduled that was scheduled for Tuesday, but the NBA canceled the game.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway regularly reviews security with local law enforcement agencies, spokesman Doug Boles said.

"I guess this will bring a new topic or dialogue to those discussions to see if there's anything more we need to do to prepare with respect to what's happened in Boston. And we will learn more about that over the next couple of days, as the folks in Boston do, and we will be prepared for that," Boles said.

Todd Oliver, race director for the Carmel Marathon scheduled for next Saturday, heard the explosions after finishing the Boston Marathon.

"Within two minutes, the police and volunteers were screaming to clear the streets. That's when all the ambulances started passing by to go to the finish line," Oliver told The Indianapolis Star from his hotel room near the explosion site.

He said the explosions would not affect the Carmel race.

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  • Old Guard
    Maybe IMS should rethink the releasing of many experienced safety patrol workers a few years ago they so abruptly dismissed, many of who had 20-30 years of love and experience for IMS. I say love because if you know what they were paid you would definitely know they were doing this for the community and not the money.

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

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