EUGENE, Ore.—Residents of Eugene said that the security of the Eugene Marathon will not change due to the Boston Marathon bombings. The marathon will begin at Agate Street in front of Hayward field on Sunday April 28th, thirteen days after two bombs exploded at the finish line at the Boston Marathon.
Chris Phillips, who works for the campus police said, “My job isn’t changing.” He said he believes that security won’t be tightened and added, “If anything, there might be more people attending.”
According to the Eugene Marathon website, marathon organizers “have been working closely with local and national law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of everyone.”
Shari Chrissis, a street vendor, knows many marathon runners and said they always run with a sense of dedication. She added that this Sunday at the Eugene Marathon “they will carry a sense of meaning.”
Though she said the emotions will be different, she said she isn’t worried about tightened security or threats. “I think that our community in more inclusive.”
“I don’t see how [the bombings] can’t affect it,” said Dean Mendenhall. Mendenhall is visiting Eugene from Montana but said that the Boston Marathon bombing is a national issue and said that the whole nation will tighten security. “We have to protect people and we can’t lose sight of that. ”