INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- After the bone-chilling trauma in Boston, local race organizers are reviewing their safety and emergency plans to ensure the safest possible atmosphere for the public and participants.
Following 9-11, event organizers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure put together emergency plans to cover a range of safety issues. With Monday's events now Race for the Cure organizers will be meeting with IMPD, IUPUI Police and Homeland Security to discuss increasing security for Saturday’s race in Indianapolis. The race could draw up to 27,000 people.
The Carmel Marathon, which also runs Saturday is expected to include 3,500 runners. Organizers say they have also been in contact with police for the event and are hoping to find a way to honor victims of the Boston Marathon explosions. Our NBC affiliate, WTHR, reports that the race director, Todd Oliver, was just three blocks from the blast after having finished the race but that he didn’t know exactly what had happened until he got back to his hotel room.
"There was a lot of confusion. Not panic, but confusion and the looks on people's faces, you started to see the first people who were crying and going in the other direction," he told WTHR. "When the noise happened, there was kind of a hush and looked around and at the people it was a few minutes (before) people started talking again."
Reports from local residents at the Boston Marathon all seem to have a common theme, they may not have been standing there when the bombs went off, but they are all worried about the people they met and spent time with that day that may have been still in the area.
Indianapolis Public Safety Director, Troy Riggs, told residents not to live in fear and that “there are no threats to the City of Indianapolis at this time”. He continued to reassure residents that even though there are no known threats officials are monitoring everything as much as they can and that the events in Boston will have an impact on current security plans.
The chief of the city’s Division of Homeland Security, Gary Coons, said they are already preparing for the Mini Marathon and the Indianapolis 500. Coons said that the key is to not take anything for granted.
Information from WTHR in Indianapolis contributed to this report..
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