Posted: Apr 17, 2013 10:12 AM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
MISSOULA - Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon has race organizers across the country, including in Missoula, taking another look at their security measures.
"Anytime you hear something like this there's shock," Missoula Marathon Race Director Anders Brooker said, adding that he's been flooded with emails and calls since the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Most of the runners there from Missoula were are pretty ingrained in the running community, so a lot of people know them and a lot of people were concerned," Brooker said.
That concern is now shifting to Missoula's Marathon coming up in July. It's one of the biggest in the state, and that's got Brooker thinking about security changes.
"We work really closely with the city of Missoula, the police of Missoula, so this conversation will definitely happen in the next few weeks. I think at this point nobody knows why this happened, or who has done this, and once we know more information, we'll be better educated," Brooker said.
He added that the courses have been set for months, but even that could change.
"We'll probably evaluate some of our finish line areas, probably evaluate. Every runner shows up with bags, and probably have to evaluate that," he said.
Despite the fears caused by the bombings, Brooker says he's not worried about people backing out of the race.
"I think what we're going to see is runners are going to say hey, this isn't going to stop us, if anything we're going to find more people who want to participate." Brooker told us.
The Missoula Marathon will be run on July 14.