O.C. Marathon Organizers to Beef Up Security

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oc-marathon-picNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Officials with the Orange County Marathon and Half Marathon are now closely watching the events unfolding in Boston.

Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured in a pair of bombings near the finish line on Monday.

In just over three weeks, the O.C. Marathon is scheduled to be run in Newport Beach.

The stakes will be high for security, as a record 20,000 runners are expected to take part in this year’s race.

As of now, the May 5 start is still a go, but organizers say they will be monitoring the developments out of Boston.

In a statement on the marathon’s Facebook page on Monday, race officials said:

“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.

“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.”

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