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Boston Marathon Bombings: London Marathon To Review Security As Event Approaches
Published April 17, 2013
HONORING BOSTON: USA TODAY’s Gary Mihoces reports runners in the London Marathon are “being asked to cross the finish line with their hands over their hearts.” Organizers are “encouraging runners to wear a black ribbon along with their race number” (USA TODAY, 4/17). Organizers said in a statement that there will be a “period of silence lasting 30 seconds” before the start of the race “to mark the ‘tragic events’ in Boston” (REUTERS, 4/16). Meanwhile, U.K. Athletics Chair Ed Warner said that there was “no indication that any British athletes would pull out as a result of the Boston bombs.” Ricky Simms, who reps Gold Medal-winning runner Mo Farah, confirmed that Farah would “definitely run” in the marathon and has “no plans to change his security arrangements or schedule.” The GUARDIAN’s Gibson & Riach note “none of the elite athletes who raced in Boston, all of whom were back in their hotel when the bombs exploded, is in the field in London.” But two-thirds of those “who competed in the elite wheelchair race are now flying to London to race again” (GUARDIAN, 4/17).
OTHER WEEKEND RACES PREPARE: USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside reports “just about 8,000 people are expected to run a 4-mile race in Central Park this weekend to benefit the city's parks.” NYRR President & CEO Mary Wittenberg said that there would be “increased security” for the race. A new stipulation requires runners "to use clear bags, instead of their own backpacks, to store their gear" (USA TODAY, 4/17). Meanwhile, Salt Lake City Marathon Dir Steve Bingham said no one has withdrawn from Saturday's event. Bingham is “encouraging athletes to bring only necessary items in their gear bags” and is asking fans "to leave bags and backpacks at home” (DESERET NEWS, 4/17).