Security tightened at area running events

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It's a short race for an important cause.

With more than 20,000 people taking part in this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Military Park, safety procedures began early. Police officers started searching the park for suspicious activity well before the race.

"Everyone was worried. We wanted to do something to make sure people were out and feel safe," said Komen Indy Executive Director Dana Curish.

Komen Indy race organizers say they met with police again after Monday's Boston marathon bombing to add more officers to the security plans.

Greenwood resident Mary Prodan said she had concerns before her first Race for the Cure.

"It was in the back of my mind, but I was still coming. You see a nice presence of police, guiding me, and roaming the area. It's very low key. I feel safe," said Prodan.

At a much longer race, 3500 runners from 40 states registered for this year's Carmel Marathon.

More than 100 police officers and 100 national guard members were expected to provide security for the event.

Carmel's race organizer ran in the Boston Marathon Monday. He crossed the finish line before the first explosion.

While there was an increased police presence surrounding this 26-mile course, the runners were focused on the road.

There was a moment of silence at this year's Race For The Cure to remember those who died and were hurt Monday when two bombs went off during the Boston Marathon.