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Medford Marathon adds security measures in light of Boston bombing


Organizers of an upcoming marathon in central Wisconsin say they're increasing security in the wake of the Boston bombing. Runners at the Pine Line Marathon in Medford are expected to see changes to their race this year.

Organizers tell the Associated Press that runners will see increased security during the race, which starts at the city's park.

Before participants make their way down the course, their bags will be checked.

Newsline 9 tried to talk to law enforcement, the mayor and the chamber of commerce, and all parties declined to comment. They said they want to keep the safety measures a secret, to help protect the community.

"I think that it's a good idea for them to be a little bit cautious and look into things to make sure nothing happens like what happened in Boston," said Shelly Thums of Rib Lake.

While Thums thinks the added security a good idea, she said it may be a little much for Medford.

"I don't think there is going to be a big terrorist attack here. But you never know, there could be something small. There are all kinds of strange people out there," said Thums.

Organizers told the Associated Press they realize Medford isn't a major city, but they say precautions are still necessary.

Organizers said close to 150 runners have registered so far, and 300 are expected to register by race day.

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