Safety awareness increases for upcoming Eugene Marathon

By Mackenzie Henshaw

EUGENE, Ore.—After the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, the City of Eugene show a heightened sense of security awareness about Sunday’s Eugene Marathon.

According to the Register Guard, “More than 8,500 runners are expected to participate.” The course will run throughout the Eugene/Springfield area and will finish on the track at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

The seventh Eugene Marathon will conclude on the homestretch of Hayward Field. Photo by Mackenzie Henshaw

The seventh Eugene Marathon will conclude on the homestretch of Hayward Field. Photo by Mackenzie Henshaw

Following the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, “People will we more aware of surroundings,” said Eugene resident Angie McCraney.

McCraney isn’t alone in her opinion. “Who’s not going to think about what happened in Boston?” said Pete Person, a longtime Eugene barber at Red Rooster Barber Shop. “A couple of kooks harmed the Boston area and the United States. I don’t see the same thing happening here, but it’s good to be safe.

Janie Smith thinks the recent bombings will not affect the Eugene Marathon because of the unique Eugene community. “It’s Eugene, land of the hippies, peace and love,” Smith said.

According to the Eugene Marathon website, there will be increased security around the race, and marathon officials have been “working closely with local and national law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of everyone.”

The Eugene Marathon website also states that the race will serve as a tribute to the “bravery, honor, sacrifice, love and triumph” of those affected by the Boston bombings. Black ribbons will be provided to participants and the marathon will include a moment of silence to honor Boston.

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