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After Boston bombing, O.C. marathon mulls more security

April 16, 2013|By Lauren Williams

OC Marathon officials are watching developments following the terrorist attack at Monday’s Boston Marathon as they prepare for next month’s race, the organization has announced.

The race starts at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and ends at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. On the OC Marathon Facebook page, the organization said Monday it places a high value on safety.

“We are closely following the situation in Boston with our agency partners to understand the circumstances of today's tragedy and will continue to do so as information is released,” according to the post. “The safety of our runners, volunteers, spectators, and staff is always our top priority. We will continue to take every precaution to ensure a safe marathon weekend for all.”

The OC Marathon is slated for May 5. Last year about 18,000 runners participated in the marathon, half-marathon, 5K and children’s race.

A representative from the OC Marathon wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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lauren.williams@latimes.com

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