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Albion ultra-marathon still on

– The organizers of a 100-mile ultra-marathon in Noble County say the inaugural event will proceed as planned this weekend following Monday’s deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Indiana Trail 100 spokesman Mike Pfefferkorn says many of the ultra-marathon’s 181 registered runners are former Boston Marathon competitors and everyone involved in the event is mindful of safety in the wake of the Boston bombings.

Saturday and Sunday’s ultra-marathon – consisting of a 50-mile race and a 100-mile race – will be staged on a 16 2/3 -mile trail inside Chain O’ Lakes State Park about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne.

Indiana Trail 100 officials say it’s the only 100-mile run in the state.

Pfefferkorn told the Herald Republican in Angola that aside from the park’s security, organizers plan to have ham radio and medical personnel on-site for the event.

He says most ultra-marathons are held in wooded settings similar to Chain O’ Lakes State Park, not in urban areas.

Little 500 security

Heightened security measures and an expanded police presence will greet visitors at this weekend’s annual Little 500 bicycle races in response to Monday’s deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon, authorities said.

Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff said Tuesday his department began consulting with Indiana University officials after the Boston bombings and additional security steps are now in place for the popular races and related campus events.

“We’ve taken into account what has happened in Boston and have put in place plans that we think are appropriate,” he said.

Diekhoff told the Herald-Times that some of those plans include a stronger police presence at the outdoor bicycle races, but he declined to give specifics.

While there will be a heightened police presence at the weekend races and other Little 500 events, IU interim Police Chief Laury Flint said it’s important for anyone who notices anything suspicious in Bloomington during the weekend events to report that immediately to authorities.