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Security increased for Provo Marathon Saturday

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Posted at 3:10 PM, May 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 17:17:37-04

PROVO, Utah – About 3,000 runners are registered to take part in the Provo Marathon Saturday.

Because of the Boston Marathon Bombing, Provo Police and race organizers are increasing security and volunteers to ensure race day runs smoothly.

Police have put together a plan with more uniformed personnel from multiple agencies than ever before. An additional 25 officers will join the usual group of about 50 along the race route.

Race directors say the extra precautions are to give runners and spectators more peace of mind, not because of any threat.

“So as precaution to give our runners that safety, give them that sense of secuirty, our background checks in terms of what we do, our plans just making sure everyone feels safe and confident, and just making sure the race goes off smoothly,” said Denny Thorne, race director.

Organizers are also paying tribute to Boston. Wrist bands will be sold where runners pick up their packets. Participants are also being encouraged to wear patriotic gear or anything that memorializes the city and victims. About 250 volunteers are helping on the day of the race.