Extra Security Set for Cleveland Marathon

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CLEVELAND-- Even though it's more than a month away, the Cleveland Marathon will step up security at next month's race.

"We held a meeting today to discuss security measures we can take. I along with the Cleveland Police Department met to take a look at what happened in Boston and make any improvements," said Jack Staph, the executive chairman for the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon.

It is a relief to local runners, like the Fleet Feet Sports run group in Pepper Pike.

"I think there will be some hesitation race day, definitely some extra nerves the day of the race. But all of that security will help people be more confident and keep people excited about what they worked so hard for," said Colleena Patterson, who is running the half.

The FFS run group meets three times each week and many of their runners are running the Cleveland Marathon or the Half Marathon.

For more than 30 years, thousands of runners have converged on downtown Cleveland to participate in the annual Marathon.

"I think it's important for people to band together and continue running. It was a rare occurrence. Every day is a new day. You just have to get out there and keep running," added Patterson.

Staph said he didn't want to give away any secret security measures but assures runners that Cleveland will have additional security for the event.

The Cleveland Marathon is May 19.

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