In just six days Utah runners will race in the Salt Lake City Marathon. What's typically a fun spirited event, is now taking on new concern because of the bombings in Boston.
"It's definitely eye opening because you can see what's possible," said Elizabeth Jenkins, Salt Lake Running Company, Marketing Director.
"It shakes you, it shook me," said Steve Bingham, Salt Lake City Marathon Director.
Monday Reporter Brian Carlson talked to Salt Lake City Marathon Director Steve Bingham. He said Boston is definitely on event organizers minds, but runners shouldn't be worried.
"We are on day one planning for these types of incidents, I mean I can't tell you that I woke up with a terrorist act or a bombing or like that on the front of my mind, but all scenarios are being considered," said Bingham.
Bingham said 75% of Salt Lake's police force is already manning the race from start to finish. And Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank is confident his officers can protect the runners.
"We have a great deal of experience because of the Olympics and some other things so my staff is very well prepared," said Chief Chris Burbank, Salt Lake Police Dept.
Runner Kiki Kilbourne said she's planning on running this Saturday. Even though the images from Boston are alarming she doesn't want to live in fear.
"I try not to get worried about everything you know. Not to go to the movies because there was an explosion or a gunman, not run because of this, and then you just start to get petrified of everything," said Kiki Kilbourne, runner.
Director Steve Bingham said his staff is committed to helping reward runners’ faith for safety.
"The number one priority is to protect the runners, protect the families and the families that are coming out to see people, it trumps anything else," said Bingham.
Tuesday morning Salt Lake City Marathon organizers will have a meeting to discuss what they know about Boston, and see if they need to add any extra security to help keep Salt Lake runners safe. So far police and organizers tell ABC 4 they both still have a lot to learn before they know how to react at the Salt Lake City Marathon this weekend.
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