Organizers change Mass Ave run for racer safety

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 21, 2016) -- Event organizers in central Indiana are already having to make changes because of the impending heat wave

The Run (317) race on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis Thursday wasn’t even timed out of fear for the runners’ safety. A pace car was used to prevent the fastest runners from attempting elite times.

“We have tons of water, tons of Gatorade, to make sure everybody’s hydrated,” says Vision Event Management owner Jeff Graves. “We sent out many emails to the participants communicating what was going on, so they could prep themselves.”

Knowing the heat index would be nearly 100 degrees during the race, organizers felt the changes they made fit the mold of “better safe than sorry”.

“It’s never fun because you know the participants, they want to run, they want to go all out, but somebody’s got to be looking out for their safety because sometimes people aren’t thinking,” says Graves. “You know, they want to get a time.”

There are several other races taking place in central Indiana on Saturday.

Most of those races are early in the morning, but a couple of the race organizers I spoke to say do plan to monitor the heat and make similar changes if necessary.

If you’re running in one of the races, check the websites and email for hot weather prep ahead of time.