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Saturday’s SLC Marathon first since Boston

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Apr 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-20 23:49:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Marathon on Saturday was the first marathon in the nation since the one in Boston on Monday, where three people were killed and more than 180 others sustained injuries, some requiring amputation, in a pair of bombings.

Utah law enforcement agencies didn't receive any credible threats for the marathon, but extra precautions were put in place for the event.

"In this particular case, we are adding some new components obviously. We've got some volunteers coming to work pro-bono. We also have a citizen group called Academy coming from all over the United States; former military people that are going to lend us eyes and ears on the streets," Salt Lake City Police Deputy Chief Terry Fritz said on Friday.

Bomb squads, Utah Highway Patrol troopers and FBI agents were also present for the event.

Rachel Moody, who completed both marathons, said she was thinking about the victims in Boston as she was running Saturday morning.

"As our legs got tired, some of us were saying 'Think about those people who no longer have the legs to be able to run anymore. Let's run for them. Let them carry you through,'" Moody said after Saturday's race.

Attendees at the Salt Lake City Marathon were given the opportunity to sign a large memorial placard in honor of the victims in the Boston Marathon bombings.