Race Fans Delayed by Security Measures at IMS

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 26, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) – Many race fans were unhappy with the security measures taken at this year’s Indianapolis 500, making them miss the beginning of the race.

There was an increase of security at the greatest spectacle in racing Sunday. In wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway stepped up its security, which left many fans unhappy.

The crowd of racing fans stretched down the block and around a corner outside the IMS waiting to get inside to see the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, but the increase of security at the gate took so long, many fans missed the start of the race.

Some say it took them an hour to get past the heightened security. Fans were not allowed to drive in, and there were new rules on cooler sizes. There were even reports of arguments as impatient fans began cutting in line.

But on the bright side of things, about 35 runners from the Midwest, who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings, got the chance Sunday.

They ran about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indy 500. The Boston Athletic Association contacted non-finishers from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan to take part.

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