INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The explosion that rocked runners in the Boston Marathon hit less than three weeks before more than 35,000 people will take part in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis.
Organizers with the 500 Festival say law enforcement can't be everywhere at once, but they do have a safety plan in place.
The One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is less than three weeks away.
24-Hour News 8 Anchor Daniel Miller talked to race officials about how the tragedy in Boston could impact plans here.
Race director Don Carr said right now, it's too soon to say what plans will change. He did say security will be stepped up in light of what happened.
"It's incredibly sad what happened," Carr said.
Carr takes in all the pictures and video from his TV after two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.
"It's certainly incredibly sad that something like this has drawn the attention to this and all the injuries and causalities that have happened," Carr said.
Carr said the information is overwhelming. The deadly explosions come 18 days before he starts the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon downtown.
"We've been talking about this for 10 or 12 years about how potentially there could be things, because you have a large crowd all in one place there's obviously being an outdoor venue you don't have the restrictions to check people for baggage," He said.
Carr said the tragedy in Boston brings safety and security to the forefront.
"Since 9-11 there's been a lot of talk about how races, big large races are targets..are considered prime targets or possible acts of things like this," he said.
The emergency plan isn't public because it highlights security locations. Megan Bulla with the 500 Festival says it covers everything from weather-related events to tragedies like the one in Boston on Monday.
"I think it is important (to) know that we do have a plan in place. We work really closely with the police department, fire and Homeland Security to make sure we have plans in place for all of these different events," Bulla said. "Obviously, some things happen that you can't change and that you can't plan for, but as much as we can we try to stay ahead and learn from these experiences. We wish we didn't have to learn from them but seeing how others reacted — that is something we are really lucky we have a good team in place here as well."
And with less than three weeks until the Mini-Marathon — the race is May 4 — organizers say they do not plan to cancel the race. But participants will see heightened security.
In all of its 37 years, organizers have only canceled the race once because of weather-related issues. Bulla says their goal is to know the plan in and out so participants can know how to respond in case of an emergency.
Carr said race safety depends on everyone getting involved.
"I think there will be a lot of vigilance going on that people will be aware of what's going on around them to look for anything that may be suspicious," He said.
Carr says this tragedy heightens the awareness of everyone. He said this time Tuesday night, race officials will determine the steps they will take to ensure we have a safe race.
"Because it is a very large event, 35,000 plus participants, it is very important that we communicate with people on route," Bulla said. "We have a flag warning system to let the participants know how to react in a situation like that."
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