Local race organizers say safety is ‘utmost concern’ in wake of Boston Marathon explosions

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In a letter sent after the Boston Marathon explosions Monday, Mini-Marathon and 5K organizers reassured participants that public safety was their “utmost concern.”

Local officials and event organizers are working to make sure tragedy doesn’t strike at the OneAmerica Festival Mini-Marathon, which is the nation’s largest half-marathon that takes place in the Circle City on Saturday, May 4.

“Our staff has met and will continue to meet with our public safety officials in preparation for this year’s mini-marathon,” stated the letter sent to participants Monday night. “The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit organization, produces nearly 50 events and programs, which reach more than 500,000 people each year.”

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Monday, three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and as many as 170 were wounded after two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, said Police Chief Ed Davis on Tuesday. Of the 170 patients treated in area hospitals, at least 17 were in critical condition. At least eight of the wounded are children.

In the wake of the Boston tragedy, local public safety officials our reviewing security plans in place for large events such as the Mini-Marathon.

“Our safety and security plan is the result of years of planning and it mirrors that of the 2012 Super Bowl which was put into place prior to last year’s race,” read the letter.

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Officials with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is scheduled for Saturday, sent out a similar letter Tuesday to assure participants that they have been working with public safety officials to ensure a safe event.

“We want to assure you that the safety of our participants has always been foremost in planning for the Race. We have worked closely with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the IUPUI Police Department, public safety officials and emergency services personnel and have an emergency plan in place,” read the letter in part. “We will be guided by public safety officials should any changes be recommended in light of recent events. In addition to security personnel, we have hundreds of volunteers and committee members stationed around the course and in Military Park.”