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Blue Ridge Marathon increases security, following Boston bombing

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Blue Ridge Marathon organizers say they will work with Roanoke City Police and Virginia State Police to increase security for this weekend's race, in light of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

According to marathon spokesman John Carlin, Roanoke City Police Chief Chris Perkins agreed to add additional officers, and State Police will now also be a part of security.

Marathon organizers are also working with Roanoke Fire-EMS to add additional personnel.

A news release from the Blue Ridge Marathon says:

"Organizers of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, are carefully following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The safety and security of individuals involved at this weekend's marathon is our first priority. As with previous runnings of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, we continue working with law enforcement and emergency management officials in Roanoke to ensure the safety of marathon participants, volunteers, and spectators."

"In light of the events in Boston, Roanoke Police are increasing their already strong police and emergency presence to include additional officers, emergency personnel, and assistance from the Virginia State Police."

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