Fear not a component of the Eugene Marathon

By: Kyle Hebel

EUGENE, ORE – Eugene residents are preparing for the Eugene Marathon, but they’re not worried about security in the wake of the bombings in Boston.

Despite the increase in security, Anne McHarry, a chef at Sy’s New York Pizza, said “if someone wants to do something, they will do it. Which is scary but true.” However, McHarry does believe that an increase in security will make runners feel safer.

Come Sunday, Hayward Field will become the finish line for many participates racing in the Eugene Marathon.

Come Sunday, Hayward Field will become the finish line for many participates racing in the Eugene Marathon. Photo by Kyle Hebel  

People in the Eugene are impacted by the recent bombings in Boston but are not going to let fear of that event control their lives. Otherwise, as McHarry put it, “we’d all be hermits.”

Bree Crane, a sales clerk at Jambo World Crafts, said “I believe they should (race). S*** happens all the time and people can’t be scared to leave their house.”

Renelle Reese, a saleswoman at McKenzie Outfitters, said she knew people in the past that have competed in the Boston Marathon and the Eugene Marathon. However, no one she knows will compete in either event this year.

Reese added “added security makes people feel more comfortable. At the end of the day, life goes on.”

This is the seventh year of the Eugene Marathon, and more than 8500 participates will compete in the half and full marathon events. The race will begin 7:00 am sharp this Sunday, April 28th. The 26.2 mile course will begin at the corner of 15th & Agate and end on the track of Hayward Field. (http://www.eugenemarathon.com/marathon)

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