The Boston bombings may not affect the Eugene Marathon

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Hayward Field – photo by Alisha Jucevic

By Alisha Jucevic

EUGENE, Ore. – Members of the Eugene community do not think the Boston bombings will affect the upcoming Eugene Marathon but local tourists think differently.

On April 15, 2013, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and over 200 were injured.

The Eugene marathon is scheduled to take place this weekend, and the finish line will be set up at Hayward Field.  The 5k is on Saturday and the marathon and half-marathon are Sunday.

Shari Chrissis, Eugene street vendor, said she does not think there will be changes to the Eugene Marathon, but the recent events will give the runners a greater sense of meaning.

“People will run with dedication,” she said.

The Register Guard reported Tuesday, that race organizers decided to increase security due to the events in Boston.

Campus Police officer Chris Phillips was unaware of this increase in security. He said he thinks the marathon will go on like it was planned. Phillips is not working at the marathon itself. “My job isn’t changing,” Phillips said.

On the other hand, Dean Mendenhall, who is visiting Eugene from Montana, said he does not know how the Boston bombings couldn’t have an affect on the Eugene marathon.

He said when bombings happen it gives the government an excuse to tighten down and he does not think we need to keep tightening down.

“We have to protect people and we can’t lose sight of that,” Mendenhall added.

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