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Other Marathons Consider Security Increases

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 15, 2013

John Mansoor is the Regional Director for USA Track and Field and the Director of the California International Marathon.  He says there aren't enough police to secure a marathon route, "It creates a whole new level of concern for us and will create a whole new level of security for these types of events."

He says volunteers at next year's race will have to take on more security responsibilities.

Krist Vogt was about half a mile from the finish in Boston when the explosions stopped the race.  When asked if the blasts would make him think twice about entering another marathon, he said, "I think it's unfortunate that we live in a world where stuff can happen and this obviously a big big news maker.  Would it prevent me? No, it wouldn't."

John Mansoor says most Americans adapted after the September 11th terrorist attacks and he believes most runners will think like Kris Vogt.  Mansoor says, "It's just something we'll have to deal with and we will and will  go on.  I'd like to think that the majority of the runners -if not all of the runners- will go on with us."

Mansoor says at least 100 Sacramento runners were in Boston for the race. 

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