Mini-Marathon called safe, successful day by authorities and runners

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Whether it be the runners on wheels or on foot, all participants in the 37th annual Mini Marathon reported a safe, happy course Saturday.

Runners held a moment of silence at the starting line for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Many also ran for the Boston cause.

Beth Deloria had Boston in her thoughts during the race. Deloria has a paralyzed ankle from a spinal cord injury and runs with a brace, raising awareness for those with disabilities who’d like to continue running.

“I never thought I would walk normally again, much less be able to be out here and run,” Deloria said.

For the most elite, it was a feat to be admired. Krige Schabort won the wheelchair division and nearly beat the course record, one he held back in 2005.

“It really is a test of fitness, because you’ve got to push all the way,” Schabort said.

Men’s winner Alene Reta and women’s winner Sarah Kiptoo both said the support of Hoosiers along the way helped push them to finish strong.

“‘I’d like to come again next year,” Kiptoo, running her first Mini Marathon, said.

Public safety officials checked out several reports of suspicious packages, deeming none of them dangerous.

“All of them checked out. Everything was safe and secure,” Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said.

Riggs thanked citizens for staying vigilant and reporting anything suspicious. Extra security included overhead cameras, National Guard troops and a beefed up police presence.

“We’ve had no issues, including traffic issues, everything’s worked out very well today,” Riggs said.