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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Hundreds of Mill Race Marathon visitors and participants have taken advantage of the free shuttle service today between the outlying parking areas and the city’s downtown, shuttle drivers reported.
“This bus has been full about five times,” said shuttle driver Bruce Dailey shortly after 9 a.m. Dailey, a school bus driver for Southside Elementary School for four years, volunteered to drive runners and spectators from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in his orange school bus. Dailey shuttled between the courthouse and the west side Wal-Mart.
He got stuck in traffic shortly after the race began, but said that race organizers and law enforcement personnel have been doing a great job.
“It went really well,” he said. “Everybody who’s been riding on here seems to be having a good time.”
After the early rush, some of the shuttles made some trips with a smaller contingent.
Ananth Kuchimanchi and Bhavana Deshpande parked at CEP and rode the shuttle to cheer friends who participated in the race and to shoot photos, which Kuchimanchi, a Hyderabad native who works in marketing for Cummins, planned to post on his Facebook page, AKClicks. Desphande, who works at Century 21 Breeden Realtors, said she came downtown because some of her friends ran in the race and because she wanted to soak up the atmosphere. Both Kuchimanchi and Desphande said the shuttle was very helpful and brought them downtown in time to see the start of the race.
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