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MEDFORD (WAOW) -
Organizers of an upcoming marathon in central Wisconsin say they're increasing security in the wake of
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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