The Indianapolis speedway will host the final run of the Boston Marathon competitors prior to the Indy 500.
Indianapolis, Ind. – Working with the Boston Athletic Association, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has worked out an agreement to allow approximately three-dozen runners that were unable to complete the Boston Marathon a month ago to do so Sunday morning just prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500. The runners will be from the areas of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan.
Starting at the head of the front straightaway at Indianapolis, the marathoners will run approximately one-half mile from Turn 4 to the Yard of Bricks, doing so just before noon and less than 10 minutes before the command to fire engines for the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Those participating were close to the finish line in Boston, but their runs were stopped after two explosions occurred as they were about to complete the famed 26.2-mile endurance run.
"The tragedy last month in Boston still resonates with everyone, so we wanted to give runners the chance to finish the race in front of thousands of fans who will appreciate their persistence and determination," said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief operating officer. "Everyone will remember the victims while also celebrating the strength and indomitable spirit of these special competitors as they cross the hallowed Yard of Bricks."