INDIANAPOLIS - Organizers say the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis went smoothly, with some participants saying they were inspired to run to show support for those injured and killed in the Boston marathon bombings.
Festival spokeswoman Megan Bulla says she was unaware of any unusual incidents during the race Saturday morning, which was won by Ethiopian Alene Reta. There was increased security because of the bombings in Boston.
Reta, who was running in just his second Mini-Marathon, won the men's race in 1:03.57.
"I'm very happy," Reta said. "Everyone comes here to win and are ready to win. Me too. so I cam back here to win and am satisfied to win the race."
Kenyan Sarah Kiptoo, who trained in Santa Fe, N.M., won the women's race in 1:12.24.
"I loved this race," Kiptoo said. "Because I know the ladies (competing), I had to run my 100 percent best, and I wasn't sure I would do that. But at nine miles, I said, 'I have a chance to win.' Then I tried to go."
In the wheelchair race, 49-year-old Krige Schabort, of Cedartown, Ga., won in 45:57. He is a veteran of the South African Army and was injured by a bomb explosion in 1987.
"It's all pushing. there's no real downhill to uphill giving you a break. It shows your fitness," Schabort said.
He said his kids are participating in a triathlon back home on Sunday and he will be back there for them.
Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Ogilvy, an Air Force lieutenant stationed in Texas, told The Indianapolis Star he signed up for the Mini in the Boston aftermath to show the American spirit. Others at the finish line said they were determined to show they weren't scared.
A moment of silence was held before the race to remember those killed and injured in Boston.