After Boston Marathon, Heightened Alert at Local Races

12:58 AM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
Emergency workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Boston Marathon will go on next year. In the meantime, local race officials are on heightened alert.

In light of the news, there will be a moment of silence before the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler Sunday morning. We're told the City of Alexandria is working to have increased police presence (uniformed and otherwise), including at the last leg of the race. In fact, the last mile is dedicated to Motor Officer Peter LaBoy, who was recently harmed in the line of duty in a separate incident. Trash cans will be sealed. There will also be restricted parking.

In addition, there's the Kaiser Permanente's Pike's Peek 10K Race the same morning. Patch reports there's no indication of threats; it's a precautionary measure. Police are discouraging carrying bags and encouraging speaking up if you see suspicious behavior. Runners from the Montgomery County Road Runner's Club reportedly competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday and are putting the event together. The race starts at Shady Grove metro station and ends at White Flint Mall.

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