Security a Top Priority at Fox Cities Marathon
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MENASHA/NEENAH-- Runners of all experience levels say the Boston Marathon tragedy has impacted the running community forever. Organizers of the 23rd annual Fox Cities Marathon insist the tragedy in April will always remind them of the importance of keeping everyone involved in the race through the Fox Valley safe.
Runners admit they always have those impacted by the bombings close to their hearts.
"We got bracelets at the cell-com and I’ll wear it every day, it's always on your mind, something like that should not happen,” said Zach Anderson of Green Bay.
Race organizers are not taking the safety of spectators or runners for granted.
"This year of course we are very aware of security issues we put a lot of different things in place, including a see something say something program, we have an army of all our volunteers all of our participants just being mindful of what they seeing around them," said Amanda Secor of Community First Credit Union.
The up-tick in security is in place all along the 26.2 mile course. Race participants say while the tragedy in Boston will never be forgotten, it will also never slow down this dedicated group of runners.
According to the race organizers, the record-setting attendance helped to raise more than $90,000 thousand dollars for local not-for profits.